ChoralArt Camerata Auditions

ChoralArt Camerata, Richard Sawyer Photography


Auditions for the ChoralArt Camerata, a chamber choir, will be held Monday, May 28 or Monday, June 4 for the 2018-19 Season.

To schedule an audition, please contact Gail Knowles  at

The auditions will be held ideally on this schedule:
.     May 28 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. sopranos
.     May 28 – 7:00-9:00 p.m. tenors
.     June 4 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. altos
.     June 4 – 7:00-9:00 p.m. basses
This is not required, only suggested. We can accommodate you if you are unable to audition on “your” day.

Audition Location: Williston-Immanuel United Church, 156 High St., Portland ME (use rear entrance, from Deering Place).

For your audition please prepare as follows:
1. Sing a cappella the first verse of “America the Beautiful” (O beautiful for spacious skies) in the key appropriate for your voice:
.      Soprano I F (begin on c, octave above middle c)
.      Soprano II E-flat (begin on b-flat above middle c)
.      Alto I B-flat (begin on f above middle c)
.     Alto II G (begin on d above middle c)
.     Tenor I E (begin on B below middle c)
.     Tenor II D (begin on A below middle c)
.     Bass I B-flat (begin on F below middle c)
.     Bass II F (begin on C below middle c)
2. Sing a scale to determine range.
3. Sing, as instructed, the top, middle or bottom note of a three-note chord as played on piano.
4. Sing your part a cappella (mm. 1-45) in Imant Raminsh’s “Fecit potentiam” (from Magnificat).
5. Sightread a song of moderate difficulty.

Audition Piece
Raminsh’s “Fecit potentiam

Schedule 2018-19

  An Epiphany Celebration 2019 –– rehearsals
.           Saturday October 20                     10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
.           Sunday October 21                         3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
.           Wednesday November 7               6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
.           Thursday December 27                 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
.           Saturday December 29                 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
.           Wednesday January 2                   6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
.           Saturday January 5                        11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Concert #1—Friday, Jan. 4 at 7:00 p.m.– First Parish Church, Gorham (Call at 4 p.m.)
Concert #2—Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2:30 – WIUC  (Call at 2 p.m.)

  SpringSong – Concert: Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:00 p.m., WIUC
.            Rehearsal schedule for SpringSong 2019 TBD early fall.


The ChoralArt Camerata is a small (15-18 voices) ensemble of mixed voices, singing principally a cappella choral music from the classical tradition of Western choral music: European and American art music, folksongs and spirituals, and occasional ethnic music. Singers receive music and a detailed rehearsal schedule well in advance and come to rehearsals with music prepared at a performance level: notes, pronunciation, dynamics and articulations, i.e., everything that the composer put in the score. Rehearsals are used for interpretation, balance, blend and artistry. We welcome skilled singers and good musicians who have the time to dedicate to this very rewarding choral opportunity.