What is the TSO Chorus all about?
The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus (TSOC) is Tasmania’s premier chorus. There is a membership base of 80 choristers, made up of a mix of Hobart business professionals, teachers, students, retirees, musicians and non-musicians. We are an SATB chorus that mostly perform repertoire with the TSO. We also perform ‘a cappella’ repertoire, and are occasionally invited to travel within Australia to perform with interstate orchestras and choruses. We volunteer our time, but in return are given the opportunity to work at the highest level with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and international guest conductors and soloists.
What does the TSOC sing?
We perform a variety of repertoire, from requiems to musical theatre, and symphonies to ‘a cappella’ works. We also sing in a variety of different languages including German, Latin, Italian, Spanish and even Finnish!
When and where do the TSOC perform?
The TSOC performs an average of four major concerts in the Federation Concert Hall with the TSO each year. We also perform regularly at Government House and other venues in Tasmania and interstate.
When are where are rehearsals held?
The TSOC meets every Tuesday evening at the TSO Studio. The entrance is on the corner of Macquarie and Evans St, next to the Federation Concert Hall in Hobart. Rehearsals run from 7.30-10pm, with a break at around 8.45pm. Access to the TSO is available prior to rehearsals and it’s a good idea to arrive early, so we are ready to warm up at 7.30pm.
What is the commitment?
We are expected to attend all rehearsals. If you are not able to attend a rehearsal, you need to advise the Chorus and Artistic Coordinator before the rehearsal date/time. Sometimes extra rehearsals are added before a performance, however you will be told about these well in advance.
How do I become a member?
Membership is offered after a successful audition and by mutual agreement after a six week trial. You may be required to re-audition periodically thereafter at the Chorusmaster’s discretion. Continued chorus membership is conditional on maintaining an appropriate vocal standard.
What does the audition involve?
- Singing a short solo classical piece of your choosing (i.e. no pop or jazz, etc and no longer than around 4 minutes)
- Preparing and singing the set work – a short choral piece that will be emailed to you prior to the audition date
- A rhythmic exercise to clap – given to you when you arrive for the audition
- Singing some scales to determine your range and voice type
- Reading a paragraph of text in Latin and a paragraph of text in German – emailed prior to the audition date
We will provide an accompanist on the night. Please bring 3 copies of the music.
Can I observe a rehearsal before auditioning?
Yes, contact us.
When are the next audition dates?
Auditions in 2017 will be held in July and November. All voice parts can apply here.
What does it cost to become a member of the TSO Chorus?
Each member pays an annual levy at the start of each year. The 2017 fee will be $135, or $80 for students and pensioners. Most funds raised by subs are used to meet the costs of chorus development workshops, master classes, and tutorials where acclaimed singers develop the chorus. You don’t need to pay anything until the end of your trial, and there are pro-rata fees if you join part way through the year.
Do I need to be able to read music?
No, but it certainly helps! It is your responsibility to learn the music at home.
Will I have fun?
Absolutely! My word! No question!