North Shore Choral Society Auditions for Our 86th Season
Auditions for the 2021-2022 season will be held on Tuesday, September 7, beginning at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 1140 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette. Dr. Julia Davids, NSCS Music Director, will accept new members that complement our current section balance. To audition, you must exhibit basic music literacy, including secure intonation, and a good quality tone. It is not necessary to prepare anything for the audition. Registration information is provided below, however, please review the following information before registering.
Growing Musically as Individuals and as an Organization
NSCS is a close-knit group of over 100 dedicated singers from all over the Chicago area. We were able to maintain the strength and cohesiveness of the organization over the last year and a half by regularly attending virtual rehearsals, working on vocal technique, and learning new repertoire. We also welcomed an array of guest speakers, whom you can read about here. We are glad to be able to resume in-person rehearsals again on September 8, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Please note that our rehearsals will have new protocols based on best practices related to Covid-19, developed by our own task force that includes medical professionals from within our membership.
Safety of our Members remains our Primary Concern
We are requiring that all members who wish to sing in person be fully vaccinated and wear masks during rehearsal. NSCS will furnish comfortable, specially-made singers' masks with our NSCS logo. At least initially, rehearsals will be 45-60 minutes long (as opposed to our usual 7:30-9:45 schedule). Rehearsals will also be available synchronously via Zoom and be recorded and posted on our website. All members, when registering for the 2021-2022 season, will commit to a community agreement that is described on the Season Audition form linked below.
Membership in NSCS
NSCS dues are $100 per year. Music and reasonably priced uniform concert attire are also purchased be each NSCS member. Each season, NSCS generally performs at least three concerts as well as a Holiday Concert with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra. At present, our scheduled concert dates are October 24, December 12, April 10, and June 4 or 5. Attendance at rehearsals and participation in ALL concerts is an expectation of NSCS membership. Our full Expectations Statement is provided below, and we ask that you review it before scheduling an audition.
Expectations of NSCS Members
The North Shore Choral Society strives to provide our audiences and members with outstanding musical experiences. By accepting membership in NSCS you are agreeing to do your best to attend all rehearsals on time and in their entirety and to participate in all performances. This allows us to support each other and to perform to the best of our abilities. We do understand that there will be occasional conflicts with rehearsals and possibly even with a performance. Early communication about conflicts is essential. While you may feel that your absence will not harm the ensemble, NSCS is a team and we need all singers to be fully committed to the organization.
If, after reviewing all the information provided, you want to schedule an audition, follow the link below and fill out the Audition Form, including information about what voice part you sing and any previous singing experience. We will get back to you with an assigned Zoom audition slot for August 31, 2021. To schedule an audition, please click here.