The ANNA Crusis Feminist Choir holds auditions once a year, and we are excited to be welcoming new members for the first time in two years. The chorus is open to all who sing in the SSAA (Soprano/Alto) range; women (cis and trans), non-binary singers, and trans men irrespective of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation.
Auditions September 11 and 12, 2021
What about COVID?
This obviously is not a usual part of our audition information, but given the world in which we live right now, we want you to know the following things as you consider auditioning. There are many things to think about as we move toward re-opening, most of them pertaining to keeping our community and audiences safe and healthy.
In May, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated people can sing indoors together without COVID safety precautions. Since then, with the Delta variant creating upticks of cases, things are changing once again. At this point in time, we are going with the following protocols. Understand that these are fluid and we will adjust as we need to.
- In order to ensure that we can all return to singing together safely, we will require that anyone who wants to participate is vaccinated, uploads a copy of their vaccination card, and signs a waiver.
- We will sing with face coverings. This could change depending on local guidelines, our rehearsal space, and the comfort level of our singers.
- We will rehearse distanced.
- The length of our rehearsal time remains the same right now, but it may become shortened.
- If you are feeling sick at all, even with just a cold, we will ask you to stay home. It will not count as an absence.
We will continue to stay on top of COVID-19 protocols and remain compliant with local, state & CDC guidelines. We do understand that this seems like a lot, but the safety of you and our entire singing community comes first.
More About ANNA
ANNA’s repertoire is wide and varied. The combination of quality content and high musical and artistic standards makes singing in ANNA a rich experience for singers and a rewarding one for audiences. Our community is diverse in age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, and culture. We create space for conversation and opinion and work together to create an environment in which all voices are heard.
How long will my audition be?
Your total audition time will be approximately 20-30 minutes. You’ll spend the first half meeting with a few representatives from the choir who will greet you, talk with you about ANNA and give you the opportunity to tell us a little bit about yourself. If you have questions you’ll be able to ask them here. The second part of your audition will be the musical portion. You’ll sing for us and we’ll take you through some exercises depending upon your ability.
How should I prepare?
Prepare a song that you know well, are comfortable with, and that you can present confidently. The song can be presented acapella, you can accompany yourself, or we can play for you.
More about the audition
In a typical year, we would send you sheet music and an MP3 file for a short song that we’d like you to learn. We would sing this together to start. This would give us the opportunity to see how you learn music on your own and how well you can blend. This year, you will just prepare a song to sing for us. We might then talk about your strengths, do some sight-reading, rhythm, and listening skills assessing, depending upon your abilities. This may include singing scales or doing a few warm-ups to determine your range and your voice quality, listening to and repeating simple melodic patterns which will tell us your ability to hear and recognize pitches, and if you read music, sight-read a few measures of a piece, or rhythmic exercise to determine your reading level.
What is ANNA looking for?
We are looking for people who have good musical skills and voices that are used to singing. Previous choral experience or group singing is preferred. You have to be able to match pitch, blend with other voices, and have critical listening skills. Being able to read music is a definite advantage but it is not a requirement. If you don’t read music then you need to have the aural skills and work ethic to learn music by rote in rehearsal or with practice files. You need to be able to learn lyrics in other languages and to memorize music for performances in a timely fashion. We are looking for people who are willing to commit to coming to rehearsals regularly and on time, who will put in the time necessary to learn their music, and who want to spend a lot of time with some really fabulous people dedicated to making a better world singing about social justice!
What kind of time commitment is there?
ANNA rehearses every Monday night, 7:00 PM – 9:45 PM, from September through December and January through June. We have two major concert weekends a year as well as community events as they arise. If accepted, singers are expected to commit for the entire upcoming season.
Where and when are rehearsals?
Rehearsals are at the Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St. in Center City. An extra tech rehearsal is scheduled for the week of a concert weekend. Additional rehearsals are scheduled as needed. Sectionals are held once a month and while they are not mandatory, attending is strongly recommended. We also have two, all-day retreats a year, in fall and spring. At the first rehearsal, you’ll receive a schedule of rehearsals and confirmed events for the upcoming season.
What are the costs of joining?
Dues help to pay for the work of the choir. They can be paid all at once, per semester, or monthly and are based on a sliding scale. There are other minimal costs for costuming, parking, etc. More information will be available at your audition.
To schedule an audition, please complete an Audition Application