How to Audition for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

The below instructions will be applicable for summer 2021 auditions for the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. We do not currently have plans to hold auditions for the Blossom Festival Chorus in 2021.


Complete the Online Application

Each individual who wants to audition for the Chorus must complete the ONLINE AUDITION APPLICATION.

Be prepared to tell us some specifics about your music background and your previous choral experiences.


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.


  • 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

While we are planning for in-person auditions in August 2021, specific dates are not yet confirmed. When we are able to move forward with booking audition appointments, those details will be updated here. An email with updates will also be sent to anyone who has signed up to receive audition updates (see button at top of this page).


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 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 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