Friday, July 1, 2022

Orange County Breeze: "the chorus will present the West Coast premiere of Florence Price’s newly discovered anti-war piece Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight"

Florence B. Price (1887-1953)

June 30, 2022

Pacific Chorale to hold tenor and bass auditions

The Grammy Award-winning Pacific Chorale, the resident chorus at Segerstrom Center for the Arts led by Artistic Director Robert Istad, is holding auditions for tenor and bass singers for entry in the ensemble’s 2022-23 season. Singers can apply online at The deadline to apply is July 21, 2022, for tenor staff applicants and July 28 for tenor and bass volunteer applicants.

There is no application fee. In-person auditions will be scheduled in August on a first-applied, first-served basis. All new singers admitted to Pacific Chorale, considered among the nation’s leading choirs, must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

Pacific Chorale is a warm and welcoming ensemble comprised of 220 diverse, accomplished and passionate singers. The choir’s extensive repertoire ranges from choral and choral/orchestral masterworks to a cappella treasures and world-premiere compositions. Among numerous highlights during the 2022-23 season, the chorus will present the West Coast premiere of Florence Price’s newly discovered anti-war piece Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight setting poetry by Vachel Lindsay; Jocelyn Hagen’s stunning multi-media work The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci inspired by the iconic Renaissance artist; Duruflé’s Requiem; and its signature holiday program “Tis the Season!” Additionally, the choir will appear with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in August and Pacific Symphony in several programs, including the orchestra’s annual Lunar New Year celebration, a semi-staged opera production of Rigoletto, and the world premiere of James MacMillan’s oratorio Fiat Lux.

Pacific Chorale, an Orange County “treasure” with a “fresh viewpoint” that “can sing anything you put in front of it with polish, poise and tonal splendor” (Orange County Register), has “risen to national prominence” (Los Angeles Times) since its inception in 1968. Hailed for delivering “thrilling entertainment” (Voice of OC), the resident choir at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is noted for its artistic innovation and commitment to expanding the choral repertoire. It has given the world, U.S., and West Coast premieres of more than 35 works, including numerous commissions, by such lauded composers as John Adams, Jake Heggie, James Hopkins, David Lang, Morten Lauridsen, Tarik O’Regan, Karen Thomas, Frank Ticheli, András Gábor Virágh, and Eric Whitacre. 

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