Akron Symphony Chorus

About the Chorus

At nearly 100 members, the Akron Symphony Chorus is dedicated to achieving the highest level of choral singing. Its volunteer singers represent all walks of life from our Akron community and surrounding areas. The Chorus is an indispensable part of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and along with the Orchestra and the Akron Youth Symphony, functions as part of the Greater Akron Musical Association.

The Akron Symphony Choral Society, as it was first known, began rehearsals in the fall of 1956. The first performance was the Brahms German Requiem on April 17 1957 under the direction of Robert Shaw. In the years to follow, the renamed Akron Symphony Chorus performed much of the major choral repertoire of the last six centuries, as well as several regional first performances and world premieres. Highlights have included Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake featuring world famous actress and dancer Vera Zorina, and in recent years, the Mozart Coronation Mass with guest conductor Jeannette Sorrell, Handel’s Messiah directed by James Mismas, and an all Brahms program conducted by Grammy and Emmy award-winning guest conductor Vance George, retired choral director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. In 2007, the chorus performed Verdi’s La Traviata, conducted by Christopher Wilkins.

Auditions

The Akron Symphony Chorus will hold auditions for the 2018-19 season on August 8. Auditions are by appointment only.

Auditions will take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The University of Akron’s Guzzetta Hall, Room 354. Those auditioning for the Akron Symphony Chorus are also eligible to audition for the Akron Symphony Chamber Choir.

The Akron Symphony Chamber Choir is a select group from within the Akron Symphony Chorus that will perform additional works at certain Akron Symphony Chorus performances.

Akron Symphony Chorus Audition Requirements

  • Prepare the music from Verdi’s Triumphal March from Aida with the markings
  • Prepare from the Triumphal March mm, 25 through 53
  • Prepare the Italian pronunciation for the Triumphal March
  • Please have the markings in, the measure numbers in, and be able to sing it in Italian

Akron Symphony Chamber Choir Audition Requirements

  • Prepare the music from Verdi’s Triumphal March from Aida with the markings
  • Prepare from the Triumphal March mm. 25 through 53
  • Prepare the Italian pronunciation for the Triumphal March
  • Please have the markings in, the measure numbers in, and be able to sing it in Italian
  • Prepare Lux Aeterna from Nimrod with markings

For further information, or to schedule an audition, please contact Brenda Justice, Coordinator of Choral Programs at 330.535.8131 or by email at bjustice@akronsymphony.org. We will provide you with the appropriate music when you schedule your audition.

Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the rehearsal room at The University of Akron’s E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall, which is located at 198 Hill Street in Akron.

Chorus performances for the 2018-19 season include Verdi and Valkyries on November 16, Home for the Holidays on December 8, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert on March 2, Heroic Beethoven on April 6, and Fauré’s Requiem on May 10.

Free professional development credit is available for members of the chorus who are also teachers.

Marie Bucoy-Calavan is the Akron Symphony Chorus Director.

Akron Symphony Chorus 2018-19

Soprano

  • Laura Beth Arnott
  • Michelle Ayers
  • Ann Barni
  • Maryann Beman-Nething
  • Michelle Bisconti
  • Elizabeth Brumbaugh
  • Ellie Camerato
  • Julie Carlson
  • Karla Cummins
  • Hannah Good
  • Susan Holbrook
  • Dawn Horner
  • Joan G. Houger
  • Nancy Irby
  • Brenda L. Justice
  • Ellie Kleber
  • Louisa Kreider
  • Lisa Lazar
  • Hannah Lebo
  • Rebecca Lieb
  • Christine Makosky
  • Megan Meyer
  • Linda Norton-Smith
  • Rachel O’Connell
  • Christina Ozarchuk
  • Mary Ellen Porcella
  • Kylie Roman
  • Allie Scarr
  • Mary Anne Schmidt
  • Judith Schwager
  • Jane L. Schweitzer
  • Megan Snyder
  • Ashley Stanten
  • Christina Worcester

Alto

  • Debbie Amundsen
  • Martha E. Banks
  • Barbara Bock
  • Karen Dick
  • Lisa Donatelli
  • Sarah Dush
  • Natalie Gilbert
  • Karen Gracy
  • Janet Harrah Grafton
  • Theresia Hartz
  • Peggy Hogan
  • Beth Illes-Johnson
  • Lindsay Kean
  • Caroline Kozsey
  • Lindy Lincicome
  • Deborah Marine
  • Amy Greenberg McCormick
  • Diane Reitz
  • Kathy Schaefer
  • Cindy Spenoso
  • Penny Thompson
  • Sylvia Thompson
  • Michelle Wagner
  • Debra Walton
  • Rae Welker
  • Barbara Winberg
  • Anita S. Young

Tenor

  • Matt Austerklein
  • Tim Borham
  • Michael Bell
  • Craig Herrington
  • George Gaiser
  • Sam Garner
  • Sean Gilbow
  • Arne Hosbach
  • Daniel Lebo
  • Steve Lord
  • Frederick M. Shepperd
  • William Smith
  • Fan Yang
  • Michael Yeager

Bass

  • John T. Burkley
  • Leigh Conti
  • Eugene Fubler
  • Joseph A. Gardner
  • Christopher Godard
  • Tom Hohmann
  • Steve Hogan
  • Jack Jennemann
  • Ken Linscott
  • Joseph Palmiero
  • Henry J. Payden Jr.
  • Bob Peyak
  • Kurt Spenoso
  • Greg Taylor
  • Richard Weber