Sing With Us

We welcome new singers!

Thinking about auditioning? Here are three compelling reasons to join SJSC:

1. Our Choir is more than a choir of experienced singers: we are a genuinely caring musical family, dedicated to lifting the spirits of our community, sharing our devotion to music, and supporting causes that help people.

2. Our performances are diverse, both in selection and location.   We perform both classic and contemporary pieces.  We have performed in local venues and on tours within California and in cities around the world.

3. Our Maestro is an inspirational teacher, with expertise in music theory, history, and classic and choral masterworks.  He is an expert pianist, conductor, and accomplished vocal soloist.  You will find every rehearsal to be educational.  

 

Cindy recounts her decision to audition for SJSC two years ago. 

"Having recently moved to the Bay Area, I was hoping to find a choir that would allow me to continue my passion for music while simultaneously becoming a part of the local community. SJSC provides the opportunity to sing brilliant works in a convenient rehearsal format with other community members that share my passion. Looking forward to singing again!"
Gabe Ziegler
Bass, joined Fall 2018
"A couple of years out of school, I found that I was missing one aspect terribly: the musicianship and camaraderie I enjoyed as a participant in university choirs. The San Jose Symphonic Choir seemed like the right choice for me. Every rehearsal validates that decision, as I get to work with wonderful musicians under the direction of a truly inspiring conductor. SJSC makes my life richer and more fun!"
Tiffany Smith
Soprano, joined Spring 2019

Please check with us in January for audition dates and locations.

Your audition will be with Maestro Kromm, usually for 5-10 minutes. 

You are encouraged to bring a selection of music that demonstrates your voice at its best. Solo pieces with piano accompaniment are best. If a solo selection is not possible, you will be asked to sing a familiar song such as AmericaSilent Night or Amazing Grace.  

Acceptance to SJSC is based on the following factors:

  • Ability to sing on pitch;
  • Ability to sing with a pleasant, resonant tone quality;
  • Ability to sing within a reasonable range of the voice part;
  • Demonstration of musicality and musicianship, and;
  • Willingness to sing in multiple languages.

Your audition may include sight singing and tonal memory.

Try singing along with this recording of Now I Walk in Beauty. It is a 4 part round, so you can sing with your part. Listen once and then listen again and sing or hum along.

Tonal memory is the ability to listen to a short melody or phrase of music played on the piano, and then sing the same phrase alone without the piano.

Sight singing is the ability to sing written music at first sight.  Sight singing involves understanding pitch, including the ability to hear a specific pitch in the mind (also called audiation).