Auditions for 2014-2015 Concert Season
Thank you for your interest in The Singers!
The first step in the audition process is the collection of choral/vocal resumes which need approval before auditions are scheduled. Resumes can be sent as a Word document, PDF, or in the body of an e-mail. All choral and vocal experiences should be listed with the names of the conductors and/or Artistic Directors. Resume review will begin on April 1, 2014.
Please send vocal resumes directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Singers may then be invited to a fifteen-minute initial audition which will include one prepared art song (any language), sight-reading (tonal and atonal), a prepared musical excerpt, and general vocalizations. Singers are asked to use The Singers’ staff accompanist for $15. Candidates will then be selected for the secondary group callback audition.
The Singers is a fully-professional choir. Members receive a stipend for each rehearsal, concert, and recording session. It is preferable that auditionees have professional or collegiate choral experience on their resume. Members are responsible for purchasing their performance attire (women’s dress is approx. $70).
Audition Dates for the 2014-2015 Season:
Tuesday, May 13: 6-8:30 PM
Saturday, May 17: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday, May 18: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, May 27: 6:00-8:30 PM
Callbacks: Monday, June 23, beginning at 6 PM
*** All auditions take place at House of Hope Presbyterian Church: 797 Summit Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
About The Singers
Founded in 2004, The Singers organization is dedicated to giving world-class performances of the finest choral literature. The Singers exists to serve as artists, educators, and ambassadors of the choral art. The Singers has premiered and commissioned over fifty new works by composers Stephen Paulus, Abbie Betinis, Jocelyn Hagen, Joshua Shank and Craig Carnahan.
In 2006, The Singers sang for the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Minnesota chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. In 2008, The Singers performed at the ACDA North Central Division Convention, the American Guild of Organists National Convention, and shared the stage with the Harvard Glee Club. In 2010, The Singers performed a collaboration concert at the ACDA North Central Convention under the baton of Craig Hella Johnson. In March 2011, The Singers performed at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Chicago. In October 2011, The Singers collaborated with VocalEssence and Magnum Chorum to present the premiere of a new score by William Bolcom. The Singers will perform two times during the upcoming Chorus America National Conference in June 2012.
Matthew Culloton, Artistic Director
Matthew Culloton is the Founding Artistic Director of The Singers. He holds degrees from Concordia College (B.M.) and the University of Minnesota (M.M. and D.M.A.). Aside from his duties with The Singers, Matthew is Choirmaster at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Saint Thomas, teaching in the Graduate Music Program.
In 2004, Matthew received the MN ACDA Outstanding Young Choral Conductor of the Year Award. In 2003, he received the VocalEssence/ACDA of Minnesota Creative Programming Award. He has been commissioned to compose for the Dale Warland Singers, Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, the MMEA All-State Choir and numerous school, church, and community organizations.
Matthew is co-editor of the Matthew and Michael Culloton Choral Series with Santa Barbara Publishing Company. He is also the editor of the Christmas with The Singers Choral Series published by MorningStar Music Publishers.