Come join the voices of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale!
Read our Safety Procedures Document for our An American Family Christmas 2021 season here.
In addition, throughout its history, the PACC has consistently been a strong advocate for collaborative efforts with many other Central Illinois performance organizations including the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra, the Heartland Festival Orchestra, Opera Illinois, the Peoria Ballet, the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest, and most recently, WTVP-Peoria.
Members of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale discover weekly opportunities to grow, develop, and excel as musicians along with opportunities to stretch their creative imaginations and musical skills resulting in artistic presentations of extraordinary beauty. If this sounds interesting, then the Peoria Area Civic Chorale is for you. Prior experience of choral singing is essential, and you must be able to read music. Adults, college students, and high school students, with at least junior standing, are eligible for consideration.
When you are prepared for an audition, please complete the on-line application found here. Once we have reviewed the application, the PACC Executive Director will contact you to discuss audition procedures (i.e. proceed with a virtual or in-person audition).
PEORIA AREA CIVIC CHORALE AUDITIONS:
SUBMITTING A VIRTUAL AUDITION:
- Current resume
- Two recordings (YouTube links, mp3s, etc.) you feel best represents your current level of musicianship.
In addition, please fill out the online Peoria Area Civic Chorale Audition Application.
IN-PERSON AUDITION VENUE
In-person auditions on August 17, 2021 will be conducted in the Sanctuary of First Christian Church on 6400 North University, Peoria, IL.
- Vocal Range, Agility, and Tonal Memory: You may be asked to demonstrate breath control, vocal volume and range, and tonal memory.
- Music Reading: Generally, each candidate will be given two, brief music reading excerpts (i.e., one a rhythmic excerpt only, and the other both rhythmic and melodic.) These excerpts will test your sense of pitch, rhythm, and ability to self-correct. Keep in mind that very few singers regard music reading (especially reading music at first sight) as their strength!
- Duration of the Audition: It’s advised that you arrive 5-10 minutes before your audition in order to compose yourself or briefly vocalize before entering the actual audition. There will be a designated warm-up area and a waiting area. Auditions can over-run so be prepared for your audition to be slightly delayed. Auditions typically last between 15-20 minutes.
Who attends the “In-Person” Audition?
When are the Audition Results Available?
You may not be invited to join the Peoria Area Civic Chorale because of a variety of reasons including but not limited to an incompatible timbre for the existing blend of the ensemble, insufficient vocal training, a poorly prepared audition music, or perhaps another candidate vying for the
If I am not offered singing membership following my audition, may I re-audition at a later date?
If you auditioned and was not offered membership, you may re-apply following one full, performance season of the Chorale (i.e., either fall or spring). For instance, if you unsuccessfully auditioned in the August, you may re-audition in January.
What are the typical expenses for singing membership?
When and where are the ensemble’s rehearsals?
The Peoria Area Civic Chorale rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at First Christian Church on 6400 North University from mid-August through mid-December and then again from mid-January through mid-May.
The Civic Chorale’s annual “An American Family Christmas Holiday Concert” is presented in December while an annual themed concert is presented late April or early May. For the past 25 years, the Peoria Area Civic Chorale has also participated in the “Yule-Like Peoria” Festivities in downtown Peoria at the Gateway Building by singing Christmas Carols for about one-hour on the Friday evening following Thanksgiving Day. And, on occasion, the Peoria Area Civic Chorale also collaborates with area symphonies in the production of major, choral/orchestral masterworks.
What is PACC Week?
- Monday: Last rehearsal at regular location to solidify music memorization.
- Tuesday: Tech night (lights & sound) and the ensemble’s first night in performance venue.
- Wednesday: 2nd TECH night in the performance venue
- Thursday: Dress rehearsal (full concert dress required for pictures and full performance)
- Friday-Sunday: Friday night opening with three evening performances in December and two evening performances in the Spring.
Do singers find memorization an overwhelming challenge?
The thought of memorizing music can be a daunting for many potential ensemble members, yet memorization determines the singer’s ability to be responsive to the conductor, to sing more freely, and to be more communicative with the audience. The good news is that within the PACC rehearsal environment, music memorization has always been an easily achievable ensemble goal mitigated by audio rehearsal files that contain all vocal parts with individual parts highlighted.
The Peoria Area Civic Chorale does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.
SINGER READMISSION POLICY
Any Peoria Area Civic Chorale singer who has missed a concert season but desires a return to active singing membership, will be required to re-apply for active membership with the Artistic Direct and Conductor via email communication at least one month prior to the start of the concert season in which s/he wishes to return. Re-applications will be handled on a case-by-case manner and determined primarily by the current musical needs of the Peoria Area Civic Chorale. Singers who wish to resume active membership will not be required to re-audition.