Joining the BVC

Auditions

Brandywine Valley Chorale is an auditioned SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir. BVC will be hold auditions in early September and early January for singers with strong music reading ability and prior choral experience in all voice parts. To arrange an audition, please complete our Audition Form. You will be notified immediately to make arrangements. For specific questions or requests, contact us.

The elements of the audition include:

  1. Vocalizing up and down your range.
  2. Exercises using “tonal memory” (hearing a 4-note melody on the piano and then singing it back.)
  3. Sight-reading exercises.
  4. Performing a song, aria, or hymn of your choice. Singers are asked to bring an extra copy of the solo for the accompanist.

Expectations for Prospective Singers

  1. Sufficiently fluent in music reading — able to learn music independently and not exclusively by ear.
  2. A minimum of two years singing experience — community, school, or church choir that regularly performs classical-style repertoire.
  3. Available for weekly rehearsals:
    • Concert Season — Two concert periods per season (from September through May)
    • Rehearsal Time — Tuesday night (7:30–9:30 pm)
    • Rehearsal LocationSt. Michael Lutheran Church, Unionville, PA
    • Attendance Policy — A maximum of two missed rehearsals is allowed during each concert period. Singers who miss more than two rehearsals must meet with the Artistic Director to make sure they are prepared.
    • Leave of Absence Policy — Singers may be excused in advance from a single concert period because of work or family obligations.
  4. Payment of annual dues:
    • $160 — Concert Season
    • $25 — Registration fee (first season only)

Volunteers

The Chorale is appreciative of the volunteers behind the scenes who set the stage for success. You do not need to be a singing member to become involved. We would welcome help in several arenas — receptions and hospitality, grant writing, publicity and advertising, travel logistics and venues, and fundraising. Please consider sharing your talents, interests and expertise. If you are interested, contact us and we will get you involved!

Mission Statement

Our mission is to foster and share the art of choral music, as well as serve the Brandywine Valley community, through the pursuit of musical excellence in a wide variety of repertoire and performance opportunities.