ChoralArt Masterworks Auditions

Photograph by Richard Sawyer Photography


Auditions for ChoralArt Masterworks for the 2018-2019 Season have ended. Below is a sample of the process.

5:00 – 9:00 p.m. on August 27, 2018
Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland

Singers may make an appointment for an audition by contacting the ChoralArt manager, Gail Knowles, at

Biennial (re)auditions will be scheduled for all singers interested in singing with the ChoralArt Masterworks chorus. All current members of the CA Masterworks must re-audition, and singers new to ChoralArt are invited to audition for membership in the Masterworks Chorus. Singers currently registered with ChoralArt Singers will not be required to re-audition for continuing membership in Masterworks.

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 with piano your part in German (mm. 124-154) from Brahms’ “Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen” (PDF available below).

3. Sight-read a tonal melody of moderate difficulty.


Brahms-Wie lieblich


The Masterworks consists of 80-110 voices. They perform primarily symphonic works, often as a guest of the Portland Symphony Orchestra.
Rehearsals are usually held at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Avenue, Portland, on Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. A schedule of rehearsals is below.


• Members must attend at least 80% of regular rehearsals to sing the concert(s).
• Three tardy arrivals or early departures equal one absence.
• Attendance is mandatory at all final rehearsals.

A singer is expected to make a commitment to all concerts in the season.
Absences for extenuating circumstances—your illness, an emergency in your family, or unanticipated job obligations—are completely understandable. An occasional absence from a concert because of travel with family is also OK. Absences for other reasons are viewed less kindly. Members may ask for an exception to the policy, which will be reviewed by the attendance committee. Consistency of attendance will be a factor considered at the time of the next re-audition.

CONCERT – Spring 2019

PSO with ChoralArt Masterworks Chorus—Rachmaninoff The Bells—2 performances
                Merrill Auditorium, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 12, 2019
                Merrill Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2019
8 Monday rehearsals: January 7, 14; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6 @ AAUU
One Saturday—Feb. 2, 9 a.m. – noon  (Snow Day: Feb. 9)
One absence allowed from these preparatory rehearsals
Final rehearsals—Merrill Aud.
Friday, May 10                               6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 2019                9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 2019                1:30-4:30 p.m.