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Auditions are held each academic year for Cambridge University Chamber Choir (CUCC) and Cambridge University Symphony Chorus (CUSC).

Chamber Choir

Auditions for 2022–23 have now closed. If you are interested in joining, we are sometimes able to accept applications later in the year. Please email the Chamber Choir Manager, who will be able to advise you of any further auditions.

Symphony Chorus

Auditions for Lent term 2023 are now open. Please complete the form at https://forms.office.com/r/hKQHESNr09.

How to book an audition

  • If you would like to audition, you will need to complete the application form. These will open shortly before auditions are held.
  • When you submit your application you will be sent a link to select your audition time. You are encouraged to sign-up early to choose from a wider range of times.
  • Detailed information on requirements for each ensemble can be found below.
  • If you want to apply for both choirs, please fill in a separate application form for each.
  • All current and past CUSC members are required to re-audition every 3 years.

On the day of the audition

Please arrive around 10 minutes before your audition time.

  • Chamber Choir: sign in with the Porter's Lodge and ask to be directed to David Lowe's rooms. Please wait outside until the auditioners call you in.
  • Symphony Chorus: sign-in with the helper at the front door. They will show you into your audition at the correct time.

Any questions?

Please make sure you read all the below information. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at info@cmp.cam.ac.uk.

Detailed information

Ensemble 

Date 

Venue 

Length 

Auditioner 

Format 

Notes 

Cambridge University Chamber Choir 

Auditions currently closed

David Lowe’s rooms, Downing College, Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1DQ. 

 

15 mins 

Directors of the Cambridge University Chamber Choir 

  • Martin Ennis, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Music and Fellow and Director of Music at Girton College  

  • David Lowe, Director of College and Chapel Music, Downing College 

  • A solo piece of your own choice, lasting three to five minutes. An accompanist will be provided. 

  • One or two excerpts of sight-reading. 

  • Aural and range tests. 

  • Vocal exercises (such as scales etc.) 

  • Though we expect members of CUCC to be able to perform solo parts, most will also have some choral experience. You should be able to sight-read well and hold your own in an ensemble. 

  • Participation in CUCC is on a project-by-project basis to allow flexibility in the ensemble to tackle different repertoire. If successful, you will be invited for specific projects. 

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus 

26 January, 9 February 2023

St Botolph’s Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QA. 

 

10 mins 

Richard Wilberforce, Musical Director of the Cambridge University Symphony Chorus 

  • Solo singing: please prepare your voice part for Requiem Aeternum in the Libera Me (No 7) from Verdi's Messa da Requiem. We will be using the Ricordi edition (extract on pp.189-192) but you can also find parts to download from IMSLP.

  • Sing some scales and/or arpeggios to demonstrate vocal range and quality.

  • Complete some simple ear tests (e.g., picking out notes from a chord).

  • Pitch some basic intervals.

  • Some short (graded) sight reading tests.

  • Chat about your experience. 

This is a very informal process and is just so that you get an opportunity to meet the Director and he can assess your range, sound and strengths. 

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