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 increasing availability of vaccines and treatment therapies — the University has made the decision not to have undergraduate students on campus through winter quarter 2021. In alignment with this decision and due to the super-spreading nature of singing, in-person choral music has been put on hold until deemed safe. Updates regarding auditions will be made as the university continues to revise COVID-19 mitigation protocols.
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 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.