Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra creating choir

The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra in concert. Photo Credit: Britany Lovett

The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra in concert. Photo Credit: Britany Lovett

In honor of its upcoming 25th season, the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra announces the creation of the first symphonic choir in Fort Bend County.

Open call auditions for singers of all ages will be held on Aug. 13 and 14 at Grace Presbyterian Church’s music department, located at 10221 Ella Lee Lane in Houston.

Applicants may audition as a solo or as a small group. An accompanist will be provided. For solo auditions, please come prepared to perform one classical solo or two musical theatre tunes.

There will be a sight reading exercise as well as tonal memory exercises. Small groups will be asked to perform vocalizations and to sight-sing a Haydn choral selection. There will also be tonal memory exercises. Sight singing may be performed with solfege, numbers or a neutral syllable.

Group auditions will be held both days from 1-2 p.m., with solo auditions held from 2-2:30 p.m. each day. Auditions for symphony musicians of all ages will be held both days from 3-4 p.m. There are currently orchestral openings for bassoon, percussion, double bass, cello, viola and violin.

Audition forms and links may be found on the FBSO page under the “Chorus” tab or the “Audition” tab at www.fbso.org.

The FBSO Chorus will sing with the symphony during the regular season, September through May, joining the orchestra at the annual holiday concert, Deck the Halls, on Dec. 4, and at the season finale performance of Carmina Burana on May 21. Both performances will be at the Stafford Centre at 2 p.m. The chorus will also perform stand-alone concerts, beginning with the First Annual Choral Classics Concert on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Ismaili Jamatkhana Center.

For more information or to be added to the mailing list, email chorus@fbso.org.

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