Auditions

Join a unique and diverse community of people who have come together to share their passion for music. 
Join NYChoral!

The 175-voice NYChoral (New York Choral Society), led by music director David Hayes, has been widely recognized for its outstanding performances at prestigious venues around the world for over 50 years.  We are looking for experienced choral singers with good reading ability, musical skills and the desire to be moved, inspired and challenged!  

[Photo: Celebrating at the Annual Spring Gala. Photo by Juey Ong.]

As NYChoral members, we enjoy improving our musical skills with Maestro Hayes, whose rehearsals are a good combination of hard work and fun.  We also enjoy the many friendships with fellow members, and getting together outside rehearsals.  Performing at wonderful venues like Carnegie Hall, with full orchestra and soloists, is a thrill!  Learn more about why you should join NYChoral and our member policies (annual dues, ticket selling requirements) on our Membership page.

Most NYChoral auditions are in late August, and our season typically begins in early September.  If you have any questions about auditioning for NYChoral, please contact us at nychoral@gmail.com.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Auditions are by appointment only.

The audition typically consists of singing a prepared piece (less than 3 minutes; please bring music in a binder for our accompanist), a pitch-matching or rhythm exercise, and sight-reading your part in a four-part piece (the accompanist plays the other three parts). The music (any genre) should be something you feel shows off your voice.

Although you are not required to have had formal voice lessons, all members are expected to be able to sing on pitch, in accurate rhythm, and to have good sight-reading ability.

You should have previous choral experience in large or small groups.

All members sing with NYChoral on a volunteer basis and are not paid, but many have studied musical performance or music education, and all are passionate about music.

NYChoral members may also audition (at a later date) for the NYChoral Chamber Singers, a smaller ensemble with its own performance schedule.

We rehearse Tuesday evenings, 7-10pm, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Our typical season is from September to April/May.

A fun way to learn more about us before your audition is to attend NYChoral Sings in August. Sings are conducted by music director David Hayes or associate conductor Michael Ciavaglia and are attended by many current NYChoral members; there's time to sing a popular masterwork and socialize.

Members are re-auditioned and evaluated at regular intervals, or at the request of the music director.

A special note to former members:
We encourage former members to return to NYChoral -- we’ll be glad to see you!  ​But first you need to audition, ideally during regular annual auditions in late August.  Please email us at nychoral@gmail.com to schedule an audition (please include your voice part and when you sang with NYChoral; there’s no need to contact music staff or a chorus manager directly).

Thank you for your interest in NYChoral.  We hope you'll join us!