AUGUST 19th, 2023 - The award-winning San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will host open auditions on Wednesday, September 13th from 6:45 PM - 9:45 PM. The chorus performs 4-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.
The event, which will be hosted in Room #207 of the Casa Del Prado Building in Balboa Park, offers an overview of the vocal assessment and audition process. Women and non-binary treble singers of all musical backgrounds are welcome. Interested singers are encouraged to RSVP to reserve a spot.
Guests are encouraged to participate immediately in the Chorus warmup and rehearsal process. The evening also includes a private vocal assessment, a brief performance and an educational breakout session. Visitors receive details about the year-round soft audition process, membership, and history about the San Diego Chorus and Sweet Adelines International. Singers who successfully complete the audition process are paired with a chorus mentor and have the support of a year-long Rookie program designed to help singers build relationships and navigate their first year of membership.
"The San Diego Chorus provides musical education, coaching and skill development that helps singers grow as musicians, performers and competitors," says Musical Director Kathleen Hansen. "We continuously strive to improve our contest program and expand our repertoire in preparation for upcoming performances."
The organization was awarded 2nd place in March of 2023 at the Region 21 Contest. This score earned them 2nd place and merited a Wild Card Invitation from parent organization Sweet Adelines International. The Chorus will compete on the International Stage in October of 2024. The event will be hosted in Kansas City, and features an adjudicated contest for both quartets and choruses. A recent order of performance announcement from Sweet Adelines International revealed that the San Diego Chorus will be the first chorus to take the stage in the 2024 competition.
"It's an exciting time to begin our audition and membership process," says Hansen. "New singers will enter at an ideal point in our competitive cycle, ensuring they receive the full benefit of valuable vocal and performance coaching as we prepare for our 2024 contest."
The San Diego Chorus recently celebrated it's 70th anniversary. The organization is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Membership is open to women and non-binary treble singers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community and people of varied religions.
Claudia Cannon is a 28-year member of Sweet Adelines International. She has been a member of the San Chorus since 2006 and serves as Membership Chair for the Chorus. Previously, Cannon was a member of the Greater Auckland Chorus and the Na Leo Lani Chorus, which she directed from 2004-2007. Cannon also serves as the Marketing Coordinator of the Region 21 Management Team.
"The San Diego Chorus offers incredible opportunities for growth, both musically and personally," says Cannon. "What people may not immediately grasp is that there is much more happening here than just high-level singing! There's leadership development, community service and competitive accomplishment. But at the heart of it all is deep relationship among our members that often spans a lifetime."
If you would like to learn more about singing with the award-winning San Diego Chorus, RSVP for the September 13th Open House to learn more and begin your audition process.
The San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is an award-winning chorus performing 4-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.