Auditions

Cantate is Still Seeking Singers for its 40th Anniversary Season
Read more and request an audition below.

Cantate seeks experienced volunteer singers who welcome the challenge of performing extraordinary repertoire in a high-level ensemble. Our two ensembles, Cantate Chamber Singers and Cantate Concert Choir, are regularly hailed for artistically exciting, innovative performances of newly commissioned and rarely heard choral works, as well as celebrated classics from the traditional repertoire spanning five centuries. All interested singers are invited to apply to audition for Cantate Concert Choir this July 9. Depending on ensemble needs, auditionees may be invited to return for a subsequent audition for Cantate Chamber Singers.

Cantate Concert Choir is our symphonic chorus committed to musical excellence and to enriching the musical life of our community through concerts, outreach, and education. The ensemble rehearses Sunday evenings in downtown Silver Spring. In 2024-2025, this ensemble will perform three concerts of extraordinarily moving music – two in collaboration with area orchestras – featuring Verdi’s Requiem, Dreamweaver by Ola Gjeilo, The Secret of the Sea by Jake Runestad, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Brea(d)th by Carlos Simon.

Cantate Chamber Singers, with approximately 32 auditioned, experienced singers, performs a cappella repertoire and works with piano and small ensembles. Singers are chosen especially for their blend with the existing ensemble as well as their strength in musicianship. The ensemble rehearses Tuesday evenings in Bethesda. In the 2024-2025 season, this ensemble will perform three concerts. Members of Cantate Chamber Singers may choose to sing with one or both ensembles. 

Cantate staff will reach out to you when season auditions are scheduled to arrange an audition. If you have any questions, please contact Sara Josey, Auditions Coordinator, at auditions@cantate.org.

Lift Every Voice (LEV) is a paid fellowship for a quartet of pre-professional BIPOC Singers, who will support the Cantate Concert Choir throughout the 2024-2025 season. In this iteration, LEV fellows will also receive additional career support in the form of resume and bio coaching, private vocal coaching from Cantate staff and collaborating conductors, masterclasses focused on oratorio performance, and a year-end showcase concert open the public with VIP guests including prominent area choral and orchestral conductors. Auditions will be held at the end of August. Read more about Lift Every Voice HERE.