For the Chorale's 38th Season (2021 to 2022), until we may support in-person auditions, we encourage interested singers to join our Artistic Director on a virtual Zoom audition. Please e-mail the Chorus Manager with your desired audition time or call (860) 460-1487 and leave a voice message for us.
The Mystic River Chorale welcomes singers from throughout the area to audition! Both new members and former members who were not regular dues-paying members in the past year must plan to sing for the Artistic Director for purposes of range, part assignment and standing position.
Auditions are a straightforward and non-threatening evaluation of musicality, voice quality, range, and musical literacy. New singers may choose to bring in a song they feel flatters their voice (art song, aria, etc.); or they may use a well known tune to help us assess and place their voice. Popular choices include "Amazing Grace", "America the Beautiful", hymns, carols, or folk songs. If you choose to bring your own selection, please bring an extra copy for our pianist.
Membership in the Mystic River Chorale is based on the needs of the Chorale and is at the discretion of the Artistic Director and Board. Availability of places in the appropriate choral part and section, group choral balance, and the size of the Chorale as set by the Board all factor into accepting singers into the Chorale.
Rehearsals & venues
The Chorale, when not on hiatus due to the pandemic, rehearses from 6:15 PM to 9:30 PM (Chamber Singers 8:45 PM - 9:30 PM) each Monday from early September to early May, at the Union Baptist Church, in downtown Mystic, Connecticut.
The Mystic River Chorale requires a commitment from members to attend nearly every rehearsal, and are provided a guide on Chorale bylaws. For example, members are responsible to pay annual dues, cover the cost of music, wear specific concert attire, and expected to participate in fundraising and in ticket sales.
We perform at various venues, including Harkness Memorial Chapel on the Connecticut College campus, Mystic Congregational Church and St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer R.C. Church in Groton Long Point. We hope to expand our venue locations to include other local area churches and performance spaces.