Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, NYU Choral Arts offerings are reduced for the Fall 2020 semester. Only one ensemble, NYU Chorale, will be offered — and in a completely online format.
NYU Chorale, conducted by Paul Speiser, is the largest classical choral ensemble at New York University. For 130 years, it has served the entire NYU community performing major works from the choral/orchestral repertoire. The NYU Chorale offers singers an in-depth performance experience of large-scale choral works.
Who Can Join
All choruses are open to the NYU community (students, faculty, and staff) and community at large, by audition. There will be a limit of no more than fifty (50) singers selected, and preference will be given to NYU Steinhardt students whose programs of study require participation in an ensemble.
Everyone who wishes to be considered for NYU Chorale in Fall 2020 must submit an audition, even if:
- you’ve been a member of NYU Chorale in previous semesters.
- you are required to be in an ensemble every semester.
Follow these 3-step instructions to submit your online audition for NYU Chorale. Auditions must be submitted using the form (link provided below in “Step 3”), and the form must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, September 4, 2020.
Record a video of yourself singing a 1-minute excerpt of a song of your choice.
At the start of the video, clearly state your name and the title of the song. If applicable, also provide the name of the composer or its source (e.g., Korean folk song).
When choosing a song, consider the following:
- Select a song that allows you to demonstrate solid, vibrant, and healthy vocalism.
- Select a song that emphasizes your vocal gifts and your ability to communicate through singing.
- The song can be in any genre.
- The song can be in any language.
- The song can be performed accompanied or unaccompanied.
- While not required, it is recommended you sing your 1-minute excerpt from memory.
- It is best not to confuse the vocal adjudicator with your song choice. For example, it can be confusing if you indicate that you normally sing Soprano 1 in choir but then perform a song in a range, style, and/or vocalism that doesn’t reflect that.
Record a video of yourself singing “Love Is Love Is Love Is Love” by Abbie Betinis.
- At the start of the video, clearly state your name.
- You should sing it in D major, the key in which it is written.
- You should sing it unaccompanied.
- You should sing it at the tempo that is indicated on the score.
- You should sing the lyrics that are provided in the score.
- Sing the song from beginning to end without repeats, meaning:
- Sing line 1,
- Followed in tempo by line 2,
- Followed in tempo by line 3 (do not take repeat at end of line 3),
- Followed in tempo by line 4 (do not take repeat at end of line 4),
- Followed in tempo by line 5 (the line marked “Last Time”), ending on the pitch D.
- This song does not need to be memorized.
After you have two videos ready to upload, fill out THIS FORM.
Auditions must be submitted using the form provided in the link no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, September 4, 2020.
The form asks for the following:
- Name, email address, N number
- Information regarding your program of study at NYU
- A question about the voice part you sing in a choir
- Questions about your choral experience
- A field to upload the video file of your 1-minute excerpt of a song selection
- A field to upload the video file of you singing Abbie Betinis’s “Love Is Love Is Love Is Love.”
NYU Chorale meets Tuesday evening from 7-9pm, beginning on September 8, 2020. The modes of instruction will include synchronous meetings, synchronous small-group work, as well as some asynchronous singing/learning projects.
Performances and Concerts
There will be no “concert” in a traditional sense; videos of our individual singing will be expertly edited into an ensemble performance that will be available on the web sometime at the end of the term.
Contact Paul Speiser, Coordinator of Choral Activities, at email@example.com