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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, emphasizing 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.


Rehearsals are 6:45 - 9:45 p.m. on Tuesdays. Friday dress rehearsals are also called the week of each concert series. There are four regular concert series in a typical season, plus several non-season concert opportunities, including our annual benefit, A Singing Valentine.  


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


Scheduled auditions for Choral Arts Ensemble are held each year in the spring, although we will hear interested singers on a case-by-case basis throughout the yearAny 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 open audition period for the 2023 - 2024 Season has closed

If you're interested in a mid-year audition, please

1) complete the Singer Information Form &

2) send an email to us at


  • Experience in choral singing

  • Ability to learn music quickly and independently

  • Conscientious advanced preparation before rehearsals​

  • Vaccination for COVID-19 is expected, masking is optional, and additional safeguards may be in place during rehearsals and concerts.  

Benefits to singers

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

  • Opportunity to perform a variety of challenging repertoire - from Renaissance masterworks to 20th-century works & 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 videos 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. If necessary, one absence per concert series is allowed – more than that needs to be discussed with the conductor.

  • Make a season-long commitment. 

  • CAE does not request any dues, but we would appreciate any financial donation you can 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 arts within the community.


Concert Attire

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

  • Women:  Black floor-length dress, available from performer supply catalog Formal Fashions, Inc. The dress comes in all sizes and costs about $90.00. A group order will be placed after the season's first rehearsal.


Concerts in the 2023 - 2024 Season

  • Oct 6 & 7, 2023 - Friday learning w/Cantus, Saturday H.S. Festival Concert w/Cantus

  • Oct 28 & 29, 2023 - Saturday evening in Rochester, Sunday afternoon in Winona

  • Dec 15 - 17, 2023 - Friday & Saturday evening concerts + Sunday afternoon concert 

  • Feb 4, 2023 - Sunday afternoon special rehearsal

  • Feb 10, 2024 - Saturday evening - A Singing Valentine - Our annual benefit

  • Mar 9 & 10, 2024 - Saturday evening in Rochester & and Sunday afternoon in St. Paul

  • May 4 & 5, 2024 - Saturday evening & Sunday afternoon in Rochester

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