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Akron Symphony Chorus

Auditions for the 2021-22 Season

The Akron Symphony Chorus and Chorus Director Chris Albanese will hold auditions for new members, returning members and section leaders for the 2021-22 season on August 9, 10, 11, 13 and 28 at Faith Lutheran Church in Fairlawn. Auditions are by appointment only.

The upcoming season for the Chorus includes (amongst others) performances with the Akron Symphony Orchestra of Haydn’s The Creation, the annual Home for the Holidays concert; and stand-alone performances of Libby Larsen’s The Settling Years, Jennifer Higdon’s Southern Grace and selections from Hildegard von Bingen’s Symphoniae.

Paid Section Leaders

Responsibilities for paid section leaders include:

  • Providing vocal leadership and assisting the conductor in leading sectional rehearsals.
  • The audition will consist of 1 aria/art song, 1 prepared choral excerpt and sight singing.

Vocal Placements

Vocal placements consist of:

  • A brief vocalize/range check
  • Singing an excerpt, which will be provided when you schedule your vocal placement
  • Sight-Reading

Schedule an Audition

To schedule an audition, or for more information, please contact Brenda Justice, Coordinator of Choral Programs, by phone at 330.535.8131 or by email at bjustice@akronsymphony.org.

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 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, Mozart’s 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.

Akron Symphony Chorus 


Laura Beth Arnott
Ann Barni
Michelle Bisconti
Elizabeth Brumbaugh
Julie Carlson
Karla Cummins
Sarah Dush
Susan Holbrook
Dawn Horner
Joan G. Houger
Nancy Irby
Brenda L. Justice
Louisa Kreider
Lisa Lazar
Rebecca Lieb
Christine Makosky
Megan Meyer
Maryann Nething
Rachel O’Connell
Mary Ellen Porcella
Diana Ray
Mary Anne Schmidt
Judith Schwager
Jane L. Schweitzer
Kelly Thy


Martha E. Banks
Barbara Bock
Carrie Chapman
Karen Dick
Lisa Donatelli
Natalie Gilbert
Karen Gracy
Janet Harrah Grafton
Theresia Hartz
Peggy Hogan
Beth Illes-Johnson
Lindsay Kean
Valentina LeHoty
Lindy Lincicome
Deborah Marine
Amy Greenberg McCormick
Natasha Mekler
Joan Niewierowski
Diane Reitz
Kathy Schaefer
Cindy Spenoso
Penny Thompson
Sylvia Thompson
Michelle Wagner
Debra Walton
Rae Welker
Barbara Winberg
Anita S. Young


George Gaiser
Sam Garner
Sean Gilbow
William Hartz
Ralph Heimburger
Arne Hosbach
Steve Lord
Paul Martucci
William Smith
Fan Yang
Michael Yeager


Robert Balli
John T. Burkley
Leigh Conti
Eugene Fubler
Joseph A. Gardner
Christopher Godard
Caleb Helgeson
Steve Hogan
Jack Jennemann
Kenneth Linscott
Joseph Palmiero
Henry J. Payden Jr.
Bob Peyak
Kurt Spenoso
Patrick Stromberg
Greg Taylor
Rich Weber