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Audition Information

 Our spring auditions have concluded, but additional

audition dates will be available later this summer.

Please complete the Audition Information Form below, and

we will email you when the new dates are set.

Singer Audition Information Form

Auditioners do not need to prepare material for the audition. You will be guided through a series of exercises to evaluate vocal technique, range tone, rhythm, sight singing, etc. 

Choral Arts Ensemble (CAE) has established a reputation as one of the finest choral groups in the region. Now in it's 39th year, CAE performs a wide range of choral repertoire, emphasizing a cappella singing of music from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. Approximately 60 singers (SATB) are accepted to sing with CAE each year. Any interested adult singer in the SE MN region with a musical background (preferably with experience singing the repertoire CAE presents) may audition. All singers must audition annually. 

 

Rehearsals are 6:45 - 9:45 p.m. on Tuesdays. There is also a dress rehearsal on the Friday before each concert.  There are four regular concert series in a typical season, plus several other performance opportunities including our annual benefit, A Singing Valentine.  Please see the 2024-25 season dates at the bottom of this page.

Requirements

  • Experience in choral singing

  • Ability to learn music quickly and independently

  • Conscientious advanced preparation before rehearsals​

Expectations of singers

  • Be on time and be prepared for a great rehearsal

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

  • Make a season-long commitment. 

  • Assist with the success of the annual A Singing Valentine event in February.

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

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

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

 

Benefits to singers

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

  • Opportunity to perform a variety of challenging repertoire - from Renaissance masterworks to newly commissioned pieces

  • Educational opportunities/enrichment to other musical pursuits

  • Soloist opportunities

  • Music and learning mp3s &/or videos provided

  • Congenial environment/opportunity to befriend those with similar interests

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

Concert Attire

  • Our standard dress code for our formal concerts is a black tux with a (backless) 3-button vest or a black floor-length dress from the Formal Fashions, Inc. performer supply catalog.

    • ​The required formal dress comes in all sizes and costs about $90. A group order will be placed after the season's first rehearsal.

  • For less formal events, dress code is a black shirt and tie, a black coat and pants, or a black dress, skirt, or slacks with a black top.

2024 - 2025 Concert & Event Dates

Saturday, October 26 @ 7:30
Sunday, October 27 @ 3:00

Friday, November 8 @ 5:30
Saturday, November 9 @ 7:00

Friday, December 13 @ 7:30
Saturday, December 14 @ 7:30
Sunday, December 15 @ 3:00

Saturday, February 15 @ 5:30 

Saturday, March 8 @ 7:30
Sunday, March 9 @ 3:00

Saturday, May 3 @ 7:30
Sunday, May 4 @ 3:00

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