Auditions: Auditions are open to all registered undergraduate students at the University of Pittsburgh. Audition sign-ups are conducted at the Student Activities Fair in the Petersen Events Center, which is held annually on the Sunday before the start of the fall semester. Ten-minute auditions are held during the first three days of classes. A prepared solo is not required.
|Dates for the 2012–2013 season
Sunday 26 August 2012 from 2:00–5:00pm
Monday 27 August 2012
Tuesday 28 August 2012
Wednesday 29 August 2012
Thursday 30 August 2012
Tuesday 4 September 2012 at 4:00pm
Auditions are held only in the fall. Although we do make some adjustments to our roster over winter break due to members studying abroad, come January, we generally pull from our list of alternates to round out the Choir. (So don't give up hope if you're picked as an alternate!)
If you have problems scheduling an audition or have any questions, please contact director John Goldsmith.
Course Credit: Members may elect to enroll with the University in MUSIC 0612 as a course each semester, in order to earn one academic credit for their participation in the Choir. These credits can be used to fulfill the "ensemble participation" requirement for music majors and music minors.
Commitment: The Choir rehearses every Tuesday and Thursday during both fall and spring semesters from 4:00pm to 5:50pm, beginning from the day after auditions conclude. Members are expected to sing in the Choir for both semesters, although exceptions are generally made for those studying abroad and planning to return.
Members are also expected to sing numerous concerts and attend various functions throughout the year. In general, our annual schedule is as follows:
|Time of Year
||one full weekend
||Fall Choir Camp, a "pack a bag and stay overnight" experience where we not only rehearse a lot of our music, but we really get to know each other and coalesce as a group.
||most of a weekend
||The Pitt Choirs Concert is held in Bellefield Hall on a Sunday afternoon. The Heinz Chapel Choir, usually prefaces this with an off-campus concert on Saturday night and/or singing at a local church on Sunday morning.
||two weekends, plus a bit
||Six highly-regarded Holiday Concerts held in Heinz Memorial Chapel, beginning with a free "dress rehearsal" concert for the campus community during regular rehearsal time. Two public ticketed concerts are then given on each of the following two weekends. In the intervening week, the Chancellor hosts a special private concert for University staff. (And everything's done in time for Finals.)
||half of a Saturday
||Winter Choir Camp, a shorter, half-day version of Fall Choir Camp, with much the same purposes.
||a few hours
||Delivering Singing Valentines, a Heinz Chapel Choir tradition.
||one Sunday afternoon
||Our annual Chamber Choir Festival is held on a Sunday afternoon.
|early to mid-April
||parts of a few weekends
||Our Spring Concert sees the bulk of our off-campus touring. Concerts are scheduled for some Saturdays and Sundays over two or three weekends, leading up to our concert in Heinz Chapel on a Sunday afternoon.
Due to the nature of scheduling for Heinz Memorial Chapel, concerts are generally booked a full 12 months in advance, so most dates for the season are available before the start of the fall semester. Choir members are expected to keep all concert dates free from other obligations. If you'd like to see this year's schedule, head to our calendar of events.
International Tours: The Choir embarks on a two-week international concert tour once every three years at the conclusion of the spring semester. In 2012, the Choir travelled to Peru. The next tour is scheduled for 2015