In need of a few good singers

Cape Bre­ton Cho­rale seek­ing some new voices

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/entertainment - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF news@cb­post.com

If you en­joy singing and are look­ing for some­thing be­yond the shower and an­noy­ing the neigh­bours, a well-known lo­cal group is on the hunt for a few good singers.

The Cape Bre­ton Cho­rale is hold­ing au­di­tions over the sum­mer months for those hop­ing to join the award-win­ning mixed voice choir.

“We’re look­ing for peo­ple in all sec­tions,” said choir spokesper­son Melissa MacNeil. “We do have a need for a few more tenors and basses. But ev­ery mixed choir is look­ing for a few more for their men’s sec­tion. If you’re a tenor, we want you but we need basses too.”

The choir will be­gin its 45th sea­son on Thurs­day, Sept. 14, on a whole new note.

Ear­lier this year, the choir’s beloved founder and for­mer di­rec­tor Sr. Rita Clare passed away but not be­fore help­ing in the search to find a new choir di­rec­tor, Ryan Billing­ton, who will be­gin his new du­ties on that day. MacNeil said an event will be held in the fall to in­tro­duce the new di­rec­tor to the com­mu­nity but for now, it’s im­por­tant to get some new voices in the 53-mem­ber choir.

“We’re try­ing to push the au­di­tions,” said MacNeil. “Some­times au­di­tion­ing can be an in­tim­i­dat­ing process but it’s not like that here.”

Those who want to join the choir can ex­pect to sing chal­leng­ing choral mu­sic from all gen­res and pe­ri­ods. While the abil­ity to sing and a good voice are key, it’s also im­por­tant that those who au­di­tion can read mu­sic. Yet, MacNeil says they don’t want peo­ple to be scared away from even try­ing.

“We’re try­ing to make it sound invit­ing enough to make peo­ple want to au­di­tion but be hon­est enough that peo­ple would re­al­ize what kind of choir it is.”

Those who want to join should re­al­ize that a com­mit­ment to reg­u­lar re­hearsals and per­for­mances is needed as well as the will­ing­ness to study and learn con­cert mu­sic out­side of re­hearsal, be­ing open to learn­ing new skills and ex­pand­ing on ex­ist­ing skills such as vo­cal,

au­ral, rhyth­mic, read­ing and move­ment.

Those who are wel­come to au­di­tion in­clude: • Singers with ei­ther lit­tle,

some or ad­vanced train­ing. • Singers with ex­pe­ri­ence

singing in choral set­tings or en­sem­ble set­tings in pro­duc­tions. • Those with an un­der­stand

ing of some ba­sics of vo­cal tech­nique or demon­strated vo­cal con­fi­dence in their au­di­tion per­for­mance. • Those with an open­ness

to learn­ing dif­fer­ent styles of

mu­sic in an en­sem­ble set­ting.

If you’re think­ing about au­di­tion­ing, pre­pare one or two se­lec­tions that show­case your voice and be ready to ex­per­i­ment with your voice. You may have to sight-sing a pas­sage of mu­sic and your au­ral skills will be tested. An ac­com­pa­nist will be pro­vided but you can bring your own, if that makes you feel more com­fort­able.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on ar­rang­ing an au­di­tion, email info@cape­bre­ton­chorale.com or call 902-968-9041 or 902-5676437.

The Cape Bre­ton Cho­rale has given more than 250 per­for­mances here and around the world. The 53-mem­ber group has re­leased five record­ings, “Christ­mas with the Cape Bre­ton Cho­rale” (1990), “Songs of At­lantic Canada” (1991), “Re­mem­ber­ing the For­ties” (1995), “Songs of Land and Sea” (1997) and “Re­joice and Sing!” Christ­mas with the Cape Bre­ton Cho­rale (2006).

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Cape Bre­ton Cho­rale is shown here in this file photo dur­ing a con­cert at the Fortress of Louis­bourg.

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