Membership and Auditions
The Maryland Choral Society members consist of auditioned and dedicated volunteer choral music enthusiasts from the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Many Society members are trained or professional musicians and music educators. We actively seek out experienced choral musicians throughout the year to participate in our performing season and to enjoy the Society's social and fundraising activities.
This page contains answers to frequently asked questions about joining MCS, as well as a way to contact the Artistic Director with additional questions and to schedule an audition.
WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE MARYLAND CHORAL SOCIETY REHEARSE?
The Choral Society rehearses weekly on Monday evenings from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at
Bethany Christian Church
7128 Allentown Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
(for directions, please click on the map on the right)
Rehearsals for each concert season begin the first Monday following Labor Day and run through May of the following year.
WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR MCS MEMBERS?
- Render dues.
- Purchase music scores (typically $40 or less per season).
- Own/purchase performance attire (tuxedos for men, all black attire for women).
- Learn the assigned music for each rehearsal ahead of time with the aid of materials provided by the Society on its website.
- Participate in fundraising activities.
- Adhere to attendance policy.
- Maintain an email account and check it regularly .
HOW MAY I AUDITION TO BECOME A PERFORMING MEMBER?
Auditions for new singers are held principally in the months of September, January, and March, though an audition may be requested throughout the year to ensure a spot in the next concert or season.
Auditions consist of meeting with the Artistic Director who will:
- Inquire about your participation in choral performance in the past
- Check your range, voice type, and listen for beauty of tone
- Offer simple advice on singing
- Ask you to sing a prepared piece of choral music that will be sent out to you ahead of time and learned with the aid of materials provided to you off of the web. Sight reading is not evaluated at the audition. Rather, demonstrating the ability to learn music on your own with the aid of some web materials (as needed) is more important to the process.