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.  CAE is committed to its mission to inspire, educate, and enrich the community at large through outstanding choral performances.


Rehearsals are 6:45 - 9:45 pm on Tuesdays.    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 Valentine.  


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 held in early June 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. 

Auditions for the 2021 - 2022 Season are complete.

Audition information for the 2022 - 2023 Season will be available in May 2022.



  • Experience in choral singing

  • Ability to learn music quickly and independently

  • Conscientious advanced preparation before rehearsals​

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to participate in 2021-2022 and additional safeguard measures may be in place during 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 & 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. 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 the arts in general within the community.


Concert Attire

  • 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 about $80.00.  Choral Arts Ensemble will place a group order after the first rehearsal of the season.


Concerts in 2021 - 2022 Season -  Concerts will follow CDC, State, and Venue COVID-19 safety measures.

  • Oct. 23, 2021 - Evening concert at Zumbro Lutheran Church

  • Dec. 11, & 12, 2021 - Christmas with Choral Arts - Evening and Sunday afternoon concerts at Gloria Dei Lutheran

  • Feb. 12, 2022 - A Singing Valentine (Our annual benefit)

  • Feb 28, 2022 - Annual H.S. Choral Festival ~ Singing for Life (this is a MONDAY night - this year with guest artist CANTUS)

  • Mar. 12, 2022 - Where we Love  (Christ United Methodist Church - Rochester)

  • May 7, 2022 - Half the Sky  (Christ United Methodist Church - Rochester)

  • June 2022 - Community Sing - Date & location TBD