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 auditions.
“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.