Frederick A. Binkholder, Artistic Director


Audition

The Capitol Hill Chorale is a wonderful group of people dedicated to bringing high quality musical performances to the Hill and the Greater Washington area. Our diverse repertoire includes everything from medieval chant, to Classical masters, to jazz standards. We've premiered commissioned pieces by new and well-established American composers and shined a new light on lost pieces from Eastern Europe.

Auditions are primarily held in August and December. Follow us on Facebook to be notified of upcoming opportunities.

When is the next audition and how do I sign up?

Auditions are usually held in August and December. We will post an audition schedule here and on our Facebook page. Sign up through our audition request form now!

For 2020: Auditions are being scheduled August 17th, with possible additional openings on the 18th and 19th.

What to expect:

For the 2020-2021 season, all auditions will be held virtually. The audition will run between 10-15 minutes, and will consist of warm ups, vocalizing, some pitch-matching, rhythm counting, and sight-reading (Fred will be able to screen share sight-reading exercises). You should be prepared to sing a short piece for our director. Please feel free to sing from a piece of music or do it from memory. Please also plan to connect a few minutes before your appointment. Fred will bring you in from the "waiting room" at your scheduled time.

Finally, due to COVID-19, we will do things differently this year than in previous years with regard to rehearsals and performances.

I made it! What can I expect at rehearsals?

In any other year, the Chorale's season runs from September thru early June. This year, we are putting a lot of thought into how to adjust to COVID-19 in ways that will allow us to sing and maintain our strong community. Rehearsals this concert cycle will primarily be virtual (on Zoom and JamKazam), but will possibly include some outdoor in-person rehearsals, with masks and social distancing in small groups. We will work on repertoire that works for smaller groups-carols, madrigals, and art-songs. By the end of the season, we hope to create a virtual product, livestream, or live performance, if conditions allow.

When we can return to in-person, full group rehearsals, rehearsals are held every Tuesday from 7:30 - 10:00 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 E. Capitol St., NE. A vocal workshop or extended rehearsal is scheduled for one or more Saturday afternoons in each concert cycle. Attendance at these rehearsals is required for all Chorale members. In addition, sectional or other optional rehearsals may be scheduled as needed throughout the season.

In addition to the planned rehearsal time, you can anticipate practicing on your own. Several members of the chorale prepare practice files which can be downloaded for your convenience.

What are my financial obligations? Is there assistance if I can't afford dues?

The Chorale relies on dues from its singers to cover a significant portion of its expenses. Base dues are $165 annually, which may be paid in three installments of $55 each. In addition, singers are responsible for purchasing their own music. The cost of music averages $25-$40 per concert. For singers on a limited income, partial scholarships are available, in return for which the Chorale requests the singer to provide a certain number of hours of volunteer help.

The Chorale also conducts fundraising activities throughout the year. As a member, you are encouraged to contribute financially or through time and effort. The Chorale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and any contributions (beyond dues and music) are tax deductible.