About the Springfield Symphony Chorus
The Springfield Symphony Chorus is an unpaid professional group of 100+ singers from throughout the greater CT River Valley. The Chorus is associated with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra which performs at Springfield Symphony Hall. The Orchestra and Chorus collaborate on many works throughout each season. The Chorus also performs in concerts on its own with chamber orchestras, our own accompanist, and other artists. Auditions for the Springfield Symphony Chorus are usually held in late August / early September of each year. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings during the concert season (September – May), at the First Lutheran Church, 1810 Northampton St. (Rte. 5), Holyoke, MA 01040.
If you love singing and being part of exciting live performances, possess a basic knowledge of music notation and would like to work with over 100 others who share your passion, consider joining the Springfield Symphony Chorus! It’s a great way to meet new people and keep music in your life!
For the upcoming 2016-2017 concert season, the Springfield Symphony Chorus will perform with the SSO on the following dates:
Holiday Extravaganza! - Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, An Ode to Joy - Saturday, April 29th, 2017
History of the Springfield Symphony Chorus
The Springfield Symphony Chorus was founded in the 1944-1945 concert season to join the one-year old Springfield Symphony Orchestra in its performance of Brahms' "Schicksalslied" on April 22, 1945. The Chorus has performed continuously since then with the Orchestra as well as in its own performances. The chorus was originally under the directorship of Alexander Leslie, the founder of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Today, under the baton of Chorus Director Nikki Stoia, the 120-member chorus continues its collaboration with the SSO, as well as presenting choral recitals in the greater Springfield area, and other venues.
Join the Springfield Symphony Chorus!
We are always looking for more singers to join our ranks. If you live in the western to central Massachusetts or northern Connecticut area and are interested in singing, we’d love to hear from you!
Auditions are scheduled each year in late summer and early winter. There may be additional auditions in the year as needed. Auditions are not painful; we simply want to hear your voice quality and range to determine voice part and know that you can sight read music. Please bring a short piece to perform for us, preferably in one of the following languages: Latin, Spanish, Italian, German, French or Hebrew (an accompanist will be available). We will listen to a solo piece in English, but we would prefer one of the above-mentioned foreign languages, since the Chorus performs a significant amount of repertoire in languages other than English. As part of the audition process, we also ask that potential members check your calendars to ensure our rehearsal and concert schedule will fit into your schedule - please bring your personal calendar to the audition for reference. Attendance at Springfield Symphony Chorus rehearsals and concerts is mandatory. Contact Chorus President Alicia Pronovost at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about auditioning for the upcoming 2016-2017 concert season.