The Lubbock Chorale Auditions
August 20, 2019
The Lubbock Chorale
The Lubbock Chorale looks for the best vocal talent from the South Plains area. We are a community-based ensemble of about 120 voices. People interested in singing with the Chorale should have some experience singing in choral ensembles, such as high school, college or church choirs. Singers should be able to read music and possess a voice that blends well with others.
Auditions are open two times a year: main auditions in August and supplementary mid-term auditions in January. Main auditions take place in August of each year, with supplemental auditions in January. We warmly welcome inquiries about becoming a singing member of The Lubbock Chorale! Auditions for our 44th season will be held at the TTU School of Music on Tuesday, August 20th and 27th, working backward from 7pm. Auditions for the Chorale consist of a brief solo that the applicant prepares and performs (pianist provided) and that best shows the natural qualities of one's voice; vocalization (guided); and possibly a brief sight-reading/rhythm example or some pitch memory examples (singing back three to four pitches played on the piano). The solo can be as simple as “Happy Birthday,” “My Country ‘Tis of Thee;” or a hymn or folk song. Members may choose to not participate in any particular concert cycle, but there are rehearsal attendance requirements for each cycle.
Membership dues will be announced at the beginning of the season, are payable at the beginning of the performance year, and are non-refundable. Members may divide the cost of dues into 2 payments that will be due at the beginning of each semester. The Council President may be contacted for more information concerning financial hardship.
If you would like to schedule an audition, please e-mail Dr. John Hollins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so very much for your interest in The Lubbock Chorale!
Fall Masterworks Concert: Celebrating Female Composers, Past and Present
October 12, 2019
St. Pauls-on-the-Plains Episcopal Church
In his poem, “Anthem for St. Cecilia’s Day,” the great 20th-century poet W.H. Auden wrote, “Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions to all musicians, appear and inspire: Translated Daughter, come down and startle composing mortals with immortal fire.” Despite the symbolic role that Cecilia plays as patron saint of music, female composers are dramatically underrepresented on most choral programs and recordings. The Lubbock Chorale's season-opening concert seeks to engage this lacuna by performing selections from the long history of creativity by women writers and musicians. The Chorale is thrilled to premiere a work commissioned for this concert by composer Dr. Elyse Kahler, with text by our very own Dr. Allison Boye! From the Medieval mysticism of Hildegard of Bingen, to masters such as Fanny Hensel, Lili Boulanger, Eleanor Daley, and Gwyneth Walker, audiences will enjoy a vibrantly rich mosaic of choral music. Guest soloists and instrumentalists will join the Chorale for this enriching evening.
Vivaldi Gloria and Messiah Singalong
December 13, 2019
Hemmle Recital Hall
The Chorale is thrilled to offer this special outreach event in its 44th season, featuring two of the most beloved masterpieces of all time. To begin this concert, the Chorale, Baroque orchestra, and soloists will perform Vivaldi’s timeless Gloria, followed by the Christmas-Nativity portion of Handel's cherished Messiah, closing with "The Hallelujah Chorus” from Part II. What a thrill that the entire assembled audience will be invited to join the Chorale in singing all Messiah choruses. Join us as we fill Hemmle Hall with the richest sounds of the season!
My Fair Lady
March 28, 2020
Merket Alumni Center
Our Annual Gala serves as the Chorale’s most important fundraiser for scholarships. This elegant evening event, with the audience seated at tables of eight, will be held in the lovely ballroom of the Texas Tech University McKenzie-Merket Center and will include a full dinner menu. Patrons will enjoy entertaining music performed by the Chorale, soloists, and guest artists. Our audience will also have the opportunity to support a very special initiative entitled A SOUND INVESTMENT, which helps fund our singing scholarships for students of Texas Tech University’s School of Music. This year’s Gala theme celebrates a monumental piece of American musical theater. My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady. The musical's 1956 Broadway production was a notable critical and popular success. It set a record for the longest run of any show on Broadway up to that time. It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and many revivals. My Fair Lady has been called "the perfect musical." The Chorale looks forward to taking patrons on a journey through this wonderful show!
Bernstein and Britten! Featuring Chichester Psalms
May 9, 2020
Hemmle Recital Hall
Our season-ending concert features the music of two composers for whom centennial anniversaries were recently celebrated. Leonard Bernstein (d. 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim and was one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history. Benjamin Britten (d. 1976) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral works, and chamber pieces. The Lubbock Chorale looks forward to performing choral works of these master composers, featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.