March 18 2013 12:00 AM

Michigan State University Choral Union holds auditions Wednesday

If you know the national
anthem, you’re in luck — you can sing it for the Michigan State University
Choral Union auditions.

The MSU Choral Union,
made up of MSU students and local community members, holds auditions at 6 p.m.
Wednesday to add more singers to the group. Auditions take place in Room 155 of
the Communication Arts and Sciences Building on the MSU campus.

“I don’t have a set
number. I think you know we typically take as many people who are interested
and have the interest to do it,” said David Rayl, director of choral programs
at MSU. “It’s really an interview/audition. It’s not a highly select group. (The
audition) is really for people to understand what the commitment is.”

The Union has between
125-130 members a semester; when it combines with other groups from the College
of Music for performances, the number increases to over 200.

Auditioning singers
will be expected to perform the first verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Rayl
said he thinks the piece is a good selection because most people know the song,
and its wide range of intervals makes it a challenging piece.

The auditions start with
a general information session, and individual auditions will be held immediately
after. Those who audition will know immediately following
their tryout if they have been selected for the Union. All those who are selected for the
Union will be expected to stay for the rehearsal immediately following the

“I think people who
are going to enjoy it will probably have sung in a choir before,” Rayl
said. “Sometimes we get people who
haven’t sung in 20 or 30 years, since they were in high school.

“Previous choral
singing is desirable but not essential. We’ve had good members who have never
sung in a choir before and who wanted to do it.”

Members of the Union
pay a $45 per semester registration fee and pay for their own musical scores.

MSU Choral Union’s 2011-2012
season includes performances of Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Lansing
Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Ninth Symphony with the MSU Symphony
Orchestra, the Faure Requiem and the MSU College of Music’s Home for the
Holidays Concert.