If you are a performer on a period instrument or a singer with an interest in or experience with singing in an historically-informed manner, we would welcome your audition! Auditions are scheduled on an ad hoc basis with the artistic director and concertmaster (for string players).
We have openings for:
Countertenor/Alto Soloist–Chorister — 2017-18 Season
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Submit to us a message with an artistic résumé or CV, via email. Upon receipt of your materials, we will contact you and with a proposed audition time. Please do inform us of any specific scheduling needs that you may have.
• Two contrasting selections from the Baroque or Classic repertoire, demonstrating your awareness of historically-informed performance practices. The movements need not come from the same work or style.
• Please note that all auditions will be performed using period instruments (gut strings & period bows, or period winds).
• Two contrasting solo selections from the Baroque era, one of which preferably is French.
• Two samples of basso continuo, preferably one in a chamber context and the other in an orchestral context.
Those interested in chorister positions: Prepare 1-2 classical selections demonstrating your vocal quality and musicianship, one of which should be in a language other than English. While Baroque or Classic-era selections are preferred, this is not a requirement. A brief sight-reading sample will be requested. Demonstration of an awareness of period style is highly desirable.
Those interested in chorister and soloist positions: Prepare two contrasting selections from the Baroque or Classic eras, utilizing two differing languages, selected from English, Latin, Italian, German, French, or Spanish). A brief sight-reading sample will be requested. Demonstration of an awareness of period style and diction is expected, and experience with regional Latin diction (French, German, Spanish) is preferred. Because ABO performs a great deal of Spanish and Latin American repertoire, preference is given to those who can demonstrate proficiency with Castilian and New World Spanish diction.