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We encourage singers throughout the year to become members of our auditioned choirs Symphony Chorus, Chamber Singers and VOX (for those aged 18-30). The audition process provides us with an opportunity to meet you, hear your voice and assess your sight-reading skills.
Auditions last about 15 minutes. You will need to prepare a solo piece such as a song (art-song or lieder) or an oratorio aria so that we can hear your voice. We will provide an accompanist. Generally, we will also want to hear you sing some scales and vocal exercises so that we can determine your vocal range. You will also be given some sight-reading material. We look for a good standard of sight-reading because of our busy and varied concert schedule.
No one really likes auditioning! However, we want to make your audition experience is as pleasant as possible. Make sure your chosen song is well prepared and that you have spare photocopies of the music for the panel and accompanist. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Treat yourself to a quiet day before coming in to audition for us – if you are rushed for time it is difficult to focus properly. If you want a glass of water or a music stand, just ask! If you are sick on the day of your audition, it’s best to postpone so that you will be heard at your best.
All of our auditioned choristers are encouraged to have regular singing lessons. While not essential, we look for singers who have either had some vocal training or have regularly performed with a recognised choir or vocal ensemble. If you are unsure of whether you have sufficient experience, we can offer advice on whether you should audition, or point you in the direction of quality vocal training and one of our non-auditioned choirs.
There is a $33.00 audition fee. If you are successful in your audition, you will be taken on as a trial chorister for six months. All music is provided. You will have to purchase your performance attire, which for men is a dinner suit and for women a specially designed top, pants and light jacket. The cost to attend rehearsals and performances such as car parking, refreshments etc will be at your own cost.
We will write to you as soon as possible after the audition to let you know whether or not we are able to offer you a place in one of our choirs. If you are unsuccessful, we try to give you lots of constructive feedback and are happy to give you suggestions on how you can improve.
Most of our concerts are held at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Our annual season consists of about 6 concerts programmed between February and December. We regularly perform as the chorus to Sydney Symphony Orchestra in up to 6 programs per year. We tour occasionally both in Australia and overseas.
Singing with Sydney Philharmonia auditioned choirs is a big commitment. However, we don’t expect our singers to sing in every single concert program. We ask that choristers commit to 80% of the year’s activities and that not more than one rehearsal is missed for each program.
All of our auditioned choirs (Chamber Singers, Symphony Chorus, and Vox) usually rehearse in our Rehearsal Space, Pier 4 Walsh Bay, Hickson Road, Millers Point NSW 2000. The closest train station is Circular Quay and metered parking is available on Hickson Road. Rehearsals are generally once a week, and occasionally on weekends, with additional rehearsals in the week leading up to a concert. Depending on our rehearsal schedule and the size of the choir, other rehearsal venues may be used such as The Opera Centre, Surry Hills, churches and schools in and around the CBD.