The "Charlottesville Camerata", a new semi-professional vocal ensemble in central Virginia, is seeking talented, dedicated, and collaborative vocalist artists from Virginia and surrounding areas.
We are looking for individuals who are easy to work with, talented, and motivated to perform well-crafted choral music literature from various time periods on a high artistic level.
We do not rehearse on a weekly basis. We will typically rehearse a few times prior to a concert. This model makes efficient use of our members' time and allows us to attract vocalists from places such as Richmond and DC who might not otherwise be able to attend a weekly rehearsal.
Most rehearsals will take place at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1901 Thomson Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Dress rehearsals will be on location.
The Charlottesville Camerata has been established as an ensemble for the most extraordinarily gifted, hardworking, and collaborative vocalist artists from Virginia and surrounding areas. Those who are selected will have the opportunity to work with other highly talented and ambitious vocal artists to perform well-crafted music, give back to the community, and have the added benefit of being paid.
The ensemble will serve the community by enriching the lives of audience members with performances of well-crafted choral music selections performed with the utmost artistic integrity. In addition, members of this high caliber group will give back to the community by seeking out worthy organizations to benefit with their world-class performances.
If you’re interested in being part of this exciting new vocal ensemble please click here to sign up for an audition. Although in person auditions are the most desirable we will also schedule auditions via Skype or FaceTime. When filling out the audition request from you will be asked to choose three days that are best for you to audition. We will then contact you and let you know what day will work best for us. Auditions will include:
1. Warm Up
2. Prepared Pieces
For your prepared selections please choose two contrasting pieces that demonstrate your range and versatility. Each piece should be no more than 3 - 4 minutes in length.
WHAT TO EXPECT
An accompanist will NOT be provided for you. Please provide for your own if one is needed. An a cappella audition is perfectly acceptable.
Applicants may be asked some questions regarding their singing experience.
Applicants may be asked to sing a series of warm-ups with the artistic director to show vocal range.
Applicants will be asked to sing one or both of their prepared solos.
Applicants will be asked to sight-read a short piece that will be provided at the audition.
AFTER THE AUDITION
The audition panelists will evaluate your audition and make a decision based on tone quality, pitch accuracy, rhythm accuracy, musicality, technique, and diction. Notification of your audition result is typically given soon after your audition. The Charlottesville Camerata operates on a “rolling roster” paradigm. If accepted into the group your information will be listed on our website and marketing materials. However, the Artistic Director selects the roster for each concert based on the needs of the works being performed. Some works will require more singers and others less. Therefore, some members might sing every concert in a season, some might only sing one.
Once accepted into the ensemble you are a member on probationary status. As needed, new members undergo a vocal evaluation, at the Artistic Director’s discretion, to determine your status as either permanent or probationary.
Members are asked to commit to the ensemble for an entire semester; Fall / Spring. NOTE: Your commitment for this semester would simply be for our December benefit concert.
Payment amount depends on the number of vocalists we have. The payment amount for benefit concerts will be evaluated on a case by case basis due to a number of variables.
Your pay will depend upon the number of vocalists and our net income minus any expenses for that concert. Each member will receive a percentage of the profits. Because of this, we ask that all members take a vested interest in helping to advertise and promote concerts as best they can.