In a normal non-pandemic year, the Chamber Chorale holds auditions once a year in the fall and membership is open to all Stanford students: undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral fellows. In order to maintain the optimal combination of voices, the entire ensemble is re-auditioned each fall. Preliminary auditions consist of vocalizing (with piano support) to determine range and evaluate vowel formation, pitch and rhythm memory exercises, sight singing, and a solo song. Callback auditions consist of hearing all finalists in different voice combinations to determine the best ensemble. Members from the previous year who would like to be considered once again for the ensemble must re-audition.
However, in prioritizing the health and safety of the students, faculty, and staff at Stanford, and due to the progression of the COVID-19 virus — even with the ongoing work toward the development of vaccines and treatment therapies — the University has made the decision not to have undergraduate students on campus for fall quarter 2020. In alignment with this decision and due to the super-spreading nature of singing, in-person choral music and the audition process for the fall of 2020 have been put on hold. We plan to hold auditions at the beginning of which ever academic quarter we will be allowed to meet again in person for choral singing.
In the interim, there are two alternate opportunities for choral engagement in the Department of Music: (i) Memorial Church Choir (Music 163) will prepare a distributed performance video every other week for fall quarter under the guidance of its director, Dr. Robert Huw Morgan, and (ii) University Singers (Music 167) will meet once a week to explore choral topics with Dr. Morgan. For information regarding either of these, please contact Dr. Morgan directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We profoundly miss the in-person experience of choral music, the collaborative spirit that infuses our engagement with the music and with each other, and we look forward with the greatest eagerness to the time we can once again return to the perpetual re-creation of works of choral art.
For more information, please contact Stephen M. Sano, Director of Choral Studies. During the university’s COVID-19 closure, the best way to contact Professor Sano is by email: email@example.com.