Jacksonville Symphony Chorus
With some of the First Coast area’s finest voices, Jacksonville Symphony Chorus members come from all walks of life who share the spirit of singing great choral music. With a three-decade tradition of making great music with the Jacksonville Symphony, the roster also includes many professional musicians, skilled amateur performers and students. Since 2012, the Chorus had been led by esteemed choral director and composer Donald McCullough.
The Jacksonville Symphony Chorus celebrated its 30th season with a performance at Lincoln Center in November 2014. Singers from the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus traveled to New York to form the core of a 120-member chorus under Mr. McCullough’s direction, presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY).
The all-volunteer Jacksonville Symphony Chorus has sung for many landmark Symphony events. Performance highlights include Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony for the tenth anniversary of Jacoby Symphony Hall and Orff’s “Carmina Burana” for the Jacksonville Symphony’s first-ever commercial recording. The Chorus has also sung in each of the Jacksonville Symphony’s annual grand opera productions.
Auditions for the 2019-2020 season will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water Street.
Email Jill Weisblatt, Chorus Manager, at [email protected] to secure an audition time slot and receive audition materials.
Auditions will include sight reading, vocal range and an excerpt of “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” from Requiem by Johannes Brahms.
General Information for Prospective Chorus Members
The Jacksonville Symphony Chorus rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 10:00pm, September through May. Performance week will consist of a piano rehearsal and 1-2 orchestra dress rehearsals. Performance week rehearsals will be located at the Times Union Center. Members are expected to commit to an entire season and attend all rehearsals. Those missing more than 2 rehearsals will be required to demonstrate a proficiency of the performance music prior to the final dress rehearsal. Those who do not know the repertoire may be asked not to sing that concert program.
Members are required to learn notes outside of rehearsals. Learning aids will be made available on the member website.
When you audition, we assume that you want to sing the entire season. Schedule conflicts are worked out on an individual basis.
1. Choral scores will be available at the first rehearsal to borrow or purchase.
2. Members provide their own concert attire.
Men: Tuxedos, black socks, black shoes, black bow ties, and black cummerbunds.
Women: Long black dresses or skirts. Dresses and skirts must be ankle length (no shorter than 2” above the ankle). Long sleeve, solid black blouses or tops, which have a modest neckline (scooped, rounded, or v-neck). Blouses and tops must be full arm length. Shoulders must be covered. Black shoes and dark stockings. No excessive beading or glitter allowed. Small non-flashy jewelry, belt buckles, and hair ornaments are allowed.
Noah Battle Sr.
Dorothy Jean Bush
Gregory Fisher Jr.
Laura Jane Pittman
Anne Julie Ruvane
Sheri Van Orden
Jerri Lea Ware