Rehearsals are each Tuesday at the School of Music on the University of South Florida Tampa campus from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. During performance weeks, rehearsals are added. Singers are expected to attend all Master Chorale rehearsals. Singers are excused for un-resolvable conflicts only at the discretion of the Artistic Staff. All dress rehearsals and rehearsals with The Florida Orchestra are mandatory.
All singers are required to pay dues ($150 per year), purchase their music, concert folder, and concert attire (costs vary). A scholarship application is available upon request for singers who have successfully completed the audition process and face difficulties meeting these financial requirements.
Master Chorale Ensemble Singers:
As a part of the ongoing mission to share the joy and power of choral music The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay has launched a new voice: The Master Chorale Ensemble Singers. With a goal of presenting music in smaller acoustic spaces the Master Chorale Ensemble Singers will explore music of all periods and all performing combinations ranging from a cappella to those with many instruments.
There are no additional member dues to be a part of the Ensemble Singers. Ensemble Singers may be responsible for the purchase of music similarly to the full Chorale.
Auditions for the Ensemble Singers:
Singers interested in joining the Ensemble Singers must sign up for an audition during our normal audition times. Please indicate on your audition sign-up form that you would like to be considered for the Ensemble Singers. Singers who successfully pass their audition for the Ensemble Singers must also commit be a member of The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay in order to be a part of the Ensemble Singers roster. See the audition requirements listed above.
Ensemble Singer Audition Solo Selection Guidance: Solos should be an art-song (a song written to be sung in recital with piano accompaniment - often set to a poem) and foreign language is preferred. Select a piece that demonstrates your range and vocal agility and bring sheet music for the accompanist.
Ensemble Singers Rehearsals:
Extra rehearsal time will be required for this ensemble beyond regular Tuesday Master Chorale rehearsals possibly including some Friday and Sunday evenings. A more complete 2016-2017 rehearsal schedule for this ensemble will be available soon.