Audition Information

Founded in 1985, Choral Arts Ensemble (CAE) has established a reputation as one of the finest choral groups in the region. CAE performs a wide range of choral repertoire, with an emphasis on a cappella singing of music from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century.  A nonprofit organization, CAE is governed by a Board of Directors with an annual budget of over $300,000, and managed by paid staff with offices at Assisi Heights.  CAE is committed to its mission to inspire, educate, and enrich the community at large through outstanding choral performances.


Rehearsals are 6:00 - 9:00 pm on Tuesdays, beginning on September 8, 2020.  Depending on current Covid19 guidelines, the group will rehearse outside in RESONATOR masks (designed for singing) for no more than one hour.  We will meet as a whole if possible, but likely in 2-3 sub-groups in the 6-9 pm time slot.  Friday dress rehearsals are also called the week of each concert series. In a normal season, there are 4 regular concert series, plus several non-season concert opportunities, including our annual benefit A Singing ValentineFor Fall/Winter 2020 our current plan is to perform one CommUNITY concert on Saturday, October 24, 2020, in a large indoor arena where all distancing guidelines and mask requirements can be met.  This concert will be only 1 hour in length and the singers will be expected to memorize 30 minutes of repertoire.  We believe this concert will also be available via live streaming - but that is yet to be determined.  Our annual Christmas at Assisi concert series will be accomplished in small groups singing outdoors on the Assisi Heights grounds with attendees listening from their cars.  Again, the concert repertoire will be memorized and less than 1 hour in length.  Dates for those concerts are Saturday, December 12th, and Sunday, December 13th in the late afternoon.


Approximately 48 singers (SATB) will be accepted each year to sing with CAE.   Auditions for solo opportunities will be held throughout the season as needed.


Scheduled auditions for Choral Arts Ensemble are (usually) held in May each year, although we will hear interested singers on a case-by-case basis throughout the year.  Any interested adult singer in the SE MN region with musical background (preferably with experience singing the repertoire CAE presents) may audition; all singers must audition annually. The 10-minute audition consists of tonal memory and rhythm exercises, sight-singing, and range tests.    Due to the current COVID-19 situation auditions will be held on the back deck at Rick Kvam's house in NE Rochester.

Auditions for the Fall/Winter 2020 Concerts will be August 18 - 20, 2020

If you are interested in auditioning please complete the audition information form Here 

And sign-up for an audition time-slot Here.


• Experience in choral singing

• Ability to learn music quickly and independently

• Commitment for the entire season

• Conscientious advance preparation before rehearsals

Benefits to singers:

• Opportunity to perform with a professional conductor, accomplished peers, and professional instrumentalists from SE MN

• Opportunity to perform a variety of challenging repertoire — from Renaissance masterworks to 20th-century works and newly commissioned pieces

• Rehearsal & performance space, office support, and publicity provided

• Educational opportunities/enrichment to other musical pursuits

• Soloist opportunities

• Music and learning mp3s &/or CDs provided

• Congenial environment/opportunity to befriend those with similar interests

Expectations of singers

  • Be on time and be prepared for a great rehearsal

  • Attend all regular rehearsals. One absence per concert series is allowed if necessary – more than that needs to be discussed with the conductor.

  • Make a season-long commitment  This season attendance at rehearsals and concerts will be based on full compliance with all CDC, State, and Local COVID-19 restrictions.  Singers should NOT attend ANY rehearsal or concert date if they feel ill or are under any type of quarantine restriction.

  • CAE does not request any dues, but we would appreciate any financial donation you are able to give.

  • Assist with the success of the  Annual Benefit in February.

  • Make a concerted effort to participate in as many extra performances as possible

  • Be an advocate for Choral Arts Ensemble and all the arts in general within the community


Concert Attire  - TBD, October concert will be concert black - no tux required, Christmas will be warm outdoor clothing!

  • Men:        Standard black tux with a (backless) 3-button vest.  For more informal situations - a black shirt & tie with a black coat and pants.

  • Women:  Black floor-length dress, available from performer supply catalog Formal Fashions, Inc. The dress comes in all sizes, costs approx. $78.00.  Orders will be placed through the Choral Arts Ensemble after the first rehearsal of the season.  More information will be sent out prior to the first rehearsal.


Concerts in 2020-2021 Season -  Concerts will only be held if all current CDC, State, and Local COVID-19 safety measures can be met.

  • Oct. 24, 2020 - CommUNITY  - Evening concert in the large arena at Rochester Civic Center - choir & audience in masks, limited attendance

  • Dec. 12 & 13, 2020 - Christmas at Assisi - Smaller choir groups spread throughout Assisi Heights grounds with audience members attending in cars

  • Dec. 2020 – Family Holiday Virtual Concert (maybe)

  • 2021 Season dates are all tentative at this time and will be determined later in 2020.

  • Feb. 13, 2021 - A Virtual Benefit ~ A Singing Valentine

  • Mar. 1, 2021 - Annual H.S. Choral Festival ~ Singing for Life (this is a MONDAY night - this year with guest artist CANTUS)

  • Mar. 13, 2021 - Where we Love (Christ United Methodist Church - Rochester)

  • May 8, 2021 - Half the Sky (a concert of all women composers in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment - CUMC)

  • June 2021 - Community Sing - Date & location TBD


507-252-8427 •

Assisi Heights, Suite 900, 1001 14th Street NW, Rochester, MN  55901