We hold auditions every August and on an "as needed" basis throughout the concert season. If you are interested in joining the Chorale, email the Artistic Director,
Leanne Latuda, to determine if an opening exists:
Here’s a bit about us:
The Women’s HOPE Chorale of St. Louis is an auditioned, 50-voice, community chorus that enjoys a 25-year tradition of musical excellence. We accept singers of diverse backgrounds and skill levels and offer paid positions to women pursuing careers in music (all paid positions for the upcoming season have been filled). As the Ensemble-in-Residence at Maryville University, we introduce younger women to mentoring and leadership opportunities. Through our commitment to innovative programming, we collaborate with other musical ensembles and we commission new arrangements and works that often feature women composers and poets. Most importantly, we embrace the power of many voices to inspire HOPE: Harmony, Optimism, Philanthropy, and Empowerment.
We rehearse on Sunday evenings, 6-8:30 pm, at Maryville University in the auditorium building, room 1425.
Membership in the Women’s HOPE Chorale is FREE and there is NO requirement that you read music! We are looking for women who love to sing and love lifting their voices in community.
About the auditions:.
For a paid, Principal Artist position in the Chorale, applicants will be asked to:
Sing two songs from memory in contrasting styles. One song must be in a foreign language. The other song must be in English. Audition songs must be arias, art songs, folk songs, hymn arrangements or spirituals – no “pop” songs. An accompanist will be provided for the audition.
Sing tonal memory exercises
Sing scales (to demonstrate range)
Principal Artists are auditioned, paid positions awarded to women who have a degree in music and are pursuing a career in music.
Principal Artists act as Section Leaders for the Chorale and have the opportunity to sing solos at concerts and events.
For general membership in the Chorale, new singers will be asked to:
- Sing one a cappella solo (a hymn, art song, folk song, or aria); the solo does not need to be memorized
- Sing scales to determine range
- Repeat simple melodic patterns to determine tonal memory skills
- Sight-read to determine music reading skills (but remember, absolutely no experience reading music is required!)
If you’d like to set up an audition, or if you have any questions, email our Artistic Director, Leanne Magnuson Latuda, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions:
When and where are rehearsals?
Our season starts in September and usually ends in May.
The first rehearsal of Season 25 (2019-2020) will be on Sunday, September 8, 2019.
When and where are performances?
Dress Rehearsal - Friday November 8, 2019, 6:30-9:30 pm
Concert - Sunday, November 10, 2019, 3pm (1 pm call, First Presbyterian of Kirkwood)
Dress Rehearsal - Saturday, February 15, 2020, 10am-1pm
Concert - Sunday, February 16, 2020, 3 pm (1 pm call, First Presbyterian of Kirkwood)
Dress Rehearsal - Sunday, April 19, 2020, 6-9 pm @ Maryville
Concert - Friday April 24, 2020, 7:30 pm (5:45 pm call, Schlafly Tap Room)
Concert - Sunday, April 26, 2020, 3 pm (1 pm call, First Presbyterian of Kirkwood)
What would be my financial obligations?
We do not charge dues to sing in the Chorale. Consequently, every member is asked to promote our concerts and sell tickets to our events. Singers may also be asked to volunteer their talents, skills, and resources to support the Chorale. Participation in this manner is always voluntary but always appreciated! We use black folders during performances which singers have to supply or purchase themselves. Our concert attire is usually all black; we do not require singers to purchase a specific dress or outfit.
To inquire about openings in the Chorale or to schedule an audition, please contact the
Artistic Director, Leanne Latuda, email@example.com