Colorado Symphony Chorus
The Colorado Symphony's 2019/20 Season marks the 36th year of the Colorado Symphony Chorus. Founded in 1984 by Duain Wolfe, our chorus has earned a reputation as one of the finest symphonic choruses in the United States.
This acclaimed chorus is featured with the Colorado Symphony in over twenty performances annually at Boettcher Concert Hall and across the Rocky Mountain region, most notably with Bravo! Vail and the Aspen Music Festival, singing with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. For over two decades, the Chorus has been featured each summer at the world-renowned Aspen and Vail music festivals, performing masterworks under the baton of notable conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alan Gilbert, Murry Sidlin, Robert Spano, and Jaap VanZweden. At home, the chorus performs under the direction of Colorado Symphony Music Director Brett Mitchell, Colorado Symphony Associate Conductor Christopher Dragon, Chorus Director Duain Wolfe, and guest conductors from around the world.
In 2009, Duain Wolfe conducted the chorus on a 3-country, 2-week concert tour of Europe, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the chorus, presenting the Verdi Requiem in Budapest, Vienna, Litomysl, and Prague. In 2016, the chorus returned to Europe for concerts in Paris, Strasbourg, and Munich.
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FAQ’s About Joining the Colorado Symphony Chorus
Our symphonic chorus is comprised of approximately 180 volunteer singers over age 21. From Evergreen to Brighton, and Boulder to Castle Rock, singers travel each week to rehearsals and performances in Denver.
Duain Wolfe, Founding Director and Conductor Mary Louise Burke, Associate Conductor
Travis Branam, Assistant Conductor
Taylor Martin, Assistant Conductor
Eric Israelson, Chorus Manager
Barbara Porter, Associate Manager
Brian Dukeshier, Accompanist
Hsiao-Ling Lin, Accompanist
Danni Snyder, Accompanist
Weekly rehearsals take place Tuesday evenings at Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Denver at 18th and Broadway from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
In order to maintain high artistic standards, singers are expected to be at all services (service = rehearsal or performance). Illness and family emergencies or obligations affect everyone from time-to-time, so some exceptions can be made with appropriate communication with the Chorus Manager. Commitment to the musical standards of the Chorus necessitates a strong commitment to the rehearsals and performances in spite of scheduling challenges. Experience has shown us that those singers with evening work schedules or college classes, out-of-town business travel, heavy family responsibilities or non-understanding spouses, have great difficulty fulfilling their chorus commitment. This is a significant commitment and we encourage all members to work carefully to fulfill their commitment
The next round of auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 and Monday, January 6, 2020 at Trinity United Methodist Church (18th & Broadway), between 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Colorado Symphony Chorus auditions are brief and include the following elements:
- A prepared number — a song, art song, or aria (oratorio, opera) sung in any language (no pop songs, show tunes, hymns, or choral parts)
- Memorization is not required A pianist is provided.
- Bring a second copy of the music for the pianist
- A short sight singing exercise
- A brief exercise to demonstrate ability to follow a conductor
- Vocalizing to demonstrate vocal color and range.
To schedule an audition, complete the form below or contact Chorus Manager Eric Israelson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, voice part, phone number, and the name and composer of your audition selection. We welcome all questions concerning the chorus, its schedule, or your audition.
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