What People Say About ARS…
ARS is professional, daring and wonderful to hear. The ensemble performs music that is eclectic, varied and satisfying. I am pleased to offer my support in any way that I can.
– Helen Schaefer, Founding and Honorary Board member
“I listened to samples of music on the ARS website, and realized that I wanted to audition to sing with ARS because the quality of vocal sound was distinctly better than any of the other groups I had heard in my search for community choral groups to join.”
“I have sung in choirs all my life, but have never sung with such a friendly, talented and devoted group of singers.”
“I was attracted to ARS by its high standards and diversity of music.”
ARS holds auditions every August, and occasionally during the first week of January if there are vacancies in some voice parts.
Here is what to expect at your audition:
The audition will last approximately 20 minutes and will consist of:
- A prepared art song or aria (optional)
- An aural recall (ear) test: Hearing 4-5 pitches from the piano and then singing them back
- A vocalise that tests range
You will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire at your audition.
Additional information and requirements:
Rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams, 6:30p – 9:30p, from late August through the end of the concert season in April/May.
ARS members are expected to be punctual and attend all rehearsals, dress rehearsals, performances (including requested special appearances at community events) and the annual ARS retreat in early September (special exceptions for illness, occasional work obligations and family events).
Every singer is expected to spend an average of one hour per week preparing for each rehearsal, including review of recordings and You Tube videos.
Annual costs for members
Annual retreat: $40
Women – $95 for concert dress, earrings and holiday pin (purchased through ARS)
Men – Tuxedo, holiday pocket hanky, button covers (purchased on your own)
Additional discretionary costs for a music folder and music stand, if needed.