The Springfield Symphony Chorus is an unpaid professional group of 80+ 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 current concert season, the Springfield Symphony Chorus will perform with the SSO on the following dates:
Holiday Celebration | Saturday, December 7, 2019
Carmina Burana & Beethoven | Saturday, April 18, 2020
Springfield Symphony Chorus Director
Coach/accompanist, piano soloist, singer and conductor Nikki Stoia is known for her musical versatility, with a repertoire that encompasses traditional and contemporary classical and popular music.
Ms. Stoia’s concert work has taken her to many U.S. cities, including New York, Washington, San Francisco and Honolulu, and as accompanist for the Smith College Chamber Singers, she appeared in concerts in London, Paris, Berlin, and Stockholm, among others. Ms. Stoia’s performance as piano soloist with the Massachusetts Wind Orchestra of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and her duo piano recital with conductor Raymond Harvey (Kalamazoo Symphony) have been aired by National Public Radio. She has also appeared in performances at various U.S. and Canadian venues as a member of the “Bob Becker Ensemble” and has performed in concerts at International Tuba and Euphonium, International Trumpet Guild and Percussive Arts Society conferences.
Ms. Stoia is presently a Senior Lecturer II in the University of Massachusetts/Amherst Department of Music and Dance, Music Chief Undergraduate Advisor and Associate Dean of Advising for the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. She is also a four-time distinguished Teacher Award nominee and a 2006 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award winner at the University. From Fall 2003 through March 2005, Ms. Stoia was the Music Director, conductor, and pianist for all the premieres and subsequent performances of the new opera “The Captivation of Eunice Williams.” During the summer of 2008, she was the Vocal Coach for the Italian Operatic Experience; an opera program in Urbania, Italy.
Ms. Stoia holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Accompanying and Chamber Music from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, acknowledged as a Phi Kappa Phi graduate and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College, where she majored in Music and German. Having served as accompanist for the Springfield Symphony Chorus for nineteen years, Ms. Stoia is now in her thirteenth year as conductor of this choral ensemble.
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 80-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!
The SSO Chorus is always looking for more singers. 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 Claire Folini at email@example.com for more information about auditioning for the upcoming 2020-2021 concert season.