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Chorale seeks vocalists from Coastal Bend for ensemble
Aug 16, 2013 | 208 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Corpus Christi – Whether it’s Brahms or Bach, classical or contemporary… beautiful voices can be heard along the bayfront several times a year, thanks to the Corpus Christi Chorale. The all-volunteer ensemble resonates with local singers as a professional platform for continued development and performance and is hosting open auditions to add talented and spirited sopranos, altos, baritones and tenors to their ranks to perform fine works of choral literature. The biannual auditions will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi at the Center for the Arts.

“We welcome any and all high-quality singers of all ages,” says Pete Lutz, president of the board of directors and member of the Baritone section. In addition to whatever skills they possess, all members are able to enrich their personal voice development beyond what they accomplished earlier in their singing lives.

Due to the fact that the Chorale performs pieces of advanced literature, some successful choral experience is preferred. Auditioners will sing selected pieces by Artistic Director Dr. Ross Bernhardt, DMA, who will evaluate potential members on range, timbre, rhythmic accuracy and a clear sense of key.

The 78-person troupe is comprised of singers of backgrounds and all ages. Its membership includes oilmen, doctors, nurses, teachers and students. Some are working professionals as well as parents, while several are retired. The occasional student pilot from Naval Air Station Corpus Christi rounds things out, until he or she is transferred.

The ensemble practices once a week and performs several times a year. In late May 2014, the Chorale will be staging a special performance at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Call (361) 825-2572 or visit ross.bernhardt@tamucc.edu for more info.
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