How to Audition for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

The below instructions will be applicable for August 2021 auditions for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, as well as Blossom Festival Chorus holiday concert participation. Singers who wish only to participate in the Blossom Festival Chorus in the summer of 2022 are asked to wait until the spring of 2022 to audition.

If you are not ready to audition just yet, but wish to be notified of future audition opportunities, please sign up via the button below.

We continue to take guidance from medical experts addressing the unique risks of singing in close physical proximity to others. In order to support our safe return to the stage all chorus members are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. As such, auditionees will also be required to provide proof of vaccination upon scheduling their audition appointment.


Complete the Online Application

Each individual who wants to audition for the Chorus must complete the ONLINE AUDITION APPLICATION. (The application is a Google survey and is always easily viewed on a phone.)

Be prepared to tell us some specifics about your music background and your previous choral experiences. The application should be completed no later than 4 days prior to the scheduled audition.


Prepare Two Solos

  • The audition process for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus requires two solo prepared pieces. If auditioning only for the Blossom Festival Chorus, only one solo is required.


  • Repertoire may be art song, aria, or Broadway.


  • At least one of the two prepared solos must be in French, German or Italian. If auditioning for the Blossom Festival Chorus, the solo may be in any language.


  • Solos do NOT need to be memorized, but must have piano accompaniment (no a cappella singing).



Prepare excerpt from "Ein Deutsches Requiem"

*Note that the required excerpt changes each season.

Sing the provided excerpt from Brahms's German Requiem, starting at measure 173 and ending in measure 196.

Note that there are a variety of learning aids available to you in the form of music study tracks, pronunciation help for the German, and a separate accompaniment-only track. These are the same materials provided to the COC for rehearsing at home.  You can find everything you need on the AUDITION EXCERPT page.


Schedule an Audition Appointment

Visit our Scheduling Page to select an appointment time on August 17, 20, or 29. Be prepared to provide the following when booking your audition:

  • Tell us for which chorus you are auditioning.

  • List your solo repertoire (composers and titles of your audition pieces).

  • Upload proof of vaccination. This is typically a photo or pdf.


What to Expect at Your Audition

Before the audition begins, please make sure you have completed the following tasks:

  • Make sure that you have enough copies of your solos. You will need to hand one over to the director, one to the pianist, and have one for yourself (unless you have them memorized, which is NOT a requirement).

  • Bring your copy of the required excerpt. We will of course have our own copies for the director and pianist, as well as an extra for you if needed, but you may prefer to use your own copy with your notations.

  • Be sure to warm up in advance. Our audition venues to do not typically allow for separate warm-up spaces.

  • The director may assess your ability to sight-read as part of the audition.

  • In addition to hearing your solos and the excerpt, the directors will want to hear more about your singing background and why you are interested in COC. They may also guide you through some simple vocal exercises so they can hear your range.

If you have trouble completing any part of the online audition process, please do not hesitate to contact the Chorus Office at