Audition Information

Choir Auditions for 2019-2020

Auditions for new students will be held in Conservatory West Offices on September 12-13. 

Please carefully read the information guide for auditions HERE

Please sign up for an audition time HERE.

Students auditioning for Cantala, Concert Choir, and Bass Clef Ensemble will be expected to prepare this EXCERPT for the audition.

The 2019-20 choir calendar can be foundHERE.

Returning students will audition on Monday, September 16.   Sign up for your audition time HERE.


Who can audition? 

Anyone!  Ensemble members in our choirs represent all academic areas. There is an ensemble that will be the perfect fit for you.

Concert Choir and Cantala Women’s Choir
• challenging and rewarding literature from a variety of periods and cultures
• nationally recognized excellence in choral performance
Mondays/Wednesdays 3:15-4:15, Tuesdays/Thursdays 4:35-5:35

Viking Chorale
• variety of literature including performance of a choral masterwork with orchestra
• no experience required, no formal audition needed.  High level of music-making, but open to anyone.
Tuesdays/Thursdays 5:45-6:45

Viking Bass Clef Ensemble
• Drawn from Viking Chorale membership; advanced musicians with bass/tenor/countertenor ranges
• By audition. Tuesdays/Thursdays 5:45-6:45

Hybrid Ensemble
• mixed, small ensemble comprised of 8-16 singers with rhythm section
• wide variety of musical styles (jazz, a cappella, early music, world music, original compositions)
Tuesdays/Thursdays 3:10-4:20

Do all the choirs have the same audition?

Concert Choir, Cantala, and Bass Clef Ensemble have a full ‘advanced audition’ procedure, as described in the information guide above. 

You do not have to be in the Conservatory to be in any of these ensembles.
Viking Chorale doesn’t have a formal audition, but rather a brief meeting with the professors to get to know you and to confirm your best vocal range.
Hybrid Ensemble has an audition specific to that ensemble’s needs and is run by Dr. Swan – please contact him directly (

Required Concert Attire

WOMEN (Cantala)

  • black, Aspen dress (see info below)
  • black nylons
  • appropriate black undergarments for formal wear
  • black, close-toed dress shoes (comfortable, heel not too high, and no sandals or casual shoes)

Women participating in Cantala will need to purchase the “Aspen” dress from Stage Accents.

Just in case you have any difficulty with the above link, their web address is: Click on “Women’s Formal.” Part way down the page is the picture of the Aspen dress. Click on the dress/description to go to the page with the dress description. Their direct telephone number is 1-800-631-1611.
Following is the information you will need:

Dress: Black Aspen Dress, order #8605B
Lawrence University Customer Number: S54901
Stage Accents will accept check or money order but credit card is preferred. Please be very careful when determining the size to order since there will be a restocking fee for returns.

PLEASE NOTE: Hem length is 1/2" off the floor with your dress shoes on. The hem must to be completely finished (with all extra fabric cut off, etc). The bottom of the dress should look exactly the same as it did before the alterations, except shorter, and the top shouldn't look any different at all!

All Singers in Viking Chorale

Please wear tasteful, modest clothes that are black. Some examples: a dress with shoulders, a hemline well below the knees, and a relatively high neckline; black pants, white button-down shirt, black suit coat; black tuxedo with white tux shirt, black cummerbund, and bow-tie; black slacks, black blouse/sweater.

All students should be wearing closed-toed black dress shoes, not flip flops. Black socks or nylons go with black shoes.