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 consist of:
- A brief vocalize/range check
- Singing an excerpt, which will be provided when you schedule your vocal placement
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
Joan G. Houger
Brenda L. Justice
Mary Ellen Porcella
Mary Anne Schmidt
Jane L. Schweitzer
Martha E. Banks
Janet Harrah Grafton
Amy Greenberg McCormick
Anita S. Young
John T. Burkley
Joseph A. Gardner
Henry J. Payden Jr.