Join the Chorus – Request an Audition Today
The Rochester Oratorio Society welcomes auditions for all voice parts. Members of the community with singing experience and the ability to read music are invited to join Rochester’s premier choral ensemble.
Our membership includes vocalists of all ages as well as current students and alumni of the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College, Roberts Wesleyan College, Hochstein School of Music & Dance, and the School of the Arts (Rochester City School District). Members enjoy the opportunity to perform a wide variety of music, including choral masterworks, new compositions, and music from around the world. We also frequently collaborate with musical groups throughout Western New York including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
Auditions are 10 to 12 minutes long. Singers are asked to sing a classical song or aria of their choice (preferably in a language other than English) sent in advance of the audition. Singers may also be asked to sight-read, vocalize, or repeat spoken phrases. An accompanist will be provided.
Monday night rehearsal with the Rochester Oratorio Society was my weekly escape from job stress. The focus on the music presented such a different mindset from the many distractions that came with my career in teaching. Now that I am retired, this focus still appeals.
– Jane Capellupo, Alto
Requesting an Audition
Auditions are held on a rolling basis, so don’t wait, contact us today! To request an audition, please contact the Rochester Oratorio Society Office at (585) 473-2234 or:
To expedite the process, please:
- Use “Auditions” in the Subject line
- Provide your full name
- Include your voice part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
- Include day and evening telephone numbers
We look forward to having you with us!
I began singing with the Rochester Oratorio Society after graduating from college. When I found my first job in another city, I had to give up singing with ROS. Over the thirteen years that I lived in other places, I never found another chorus of the same caliber. Four years ago, I moved back to Rochester and re-joined ROS. Singing with new friends and old in ROS has brought me back full circle – I’m home again!
– Diane Hoener, Alto