We hope you will consider joining the Indianapolis Women’s Chorus!
Auditions are held once a year. Information about auditioning and participation requirements are below.
Auditions are held once a year, in August. This year auditions will be August 7 and 8, 2021.
Auditions for the 2021-2022 season are open.
Please request an audition before August 5, 2021 for the 2021-2022 season.
If you are interested in auditioning, please complete the form HERE. All treble-voice singers (sopranos and altos), including cisgender and transgender women as well as non-binary people, are encouraged to audition.
Our Artistic Director coordinates and hears auditions for incoming singers. Auditions are intended to be low-stress. They are really just a chance for us to get to know you and determine if you can match pitch. Also, we want to find the right section (soprano, alto, etc.) for you to sing in.
We will offer some familiar songs for you to choose from, or you’re welcome to bring your own music. You’ll only need to sing one verse. We’ll also do some simple scales and echoing so we can learn about your range and vocal skills. Sight-reading exercises are part of the audition to be in some small ensembles, but are not required for general singer membership.
Your audition should take about 5-10 minutes. Please arrive a few minutes early to fill out an audition form. Let us know your availability and we’ll schedule a specific audition time for you.
If you are interested in auditioning, please complete the form HERE. If you are unable to attend the upcoming auditions, but are still interested in auditioning, please indicate that on the form, and we will work to schedule a different date for you.
WHO WE ARE. The chorus is a supportive and friendly group of inclusive women — we are young and old (18-60+), of many faiths and backgrounds, with a variety of sexual orientations and genders. We come from all musical backgrounds, from complete beginners, to seasoned amateurs, to music professionals. Our mission is to embody musical excellence and the power of women and song to transform communities. We are hoping to grow by reaching out to many different communities within Indianapolis.
WHAT WE SING. We sing music that gives voice to the experiences of women and honors women’s lives. We sing EVERYTHING (easy to difficult): chants (ancient and modern), medieval music, religious music from many traditions, jazz, feminist/women’s movement music, spirituals, world music, and more. Our repertoire has included Rachmaninoff, Eccard, Brahms, Holst, and Gershwin plus women composers including Hildegard of Bingen, Francesca Caccini, Gwyneth Walker, Libby Larsen, Ysaye Barnwell and more. Music is woven together to create a moving and memorable experience for the audience.
HOW WE SING. Singers do not need to have prior choral experience in order to join IWC, and we welcome singers at a variety of skill levels. Music reading is very helpful, but is not required. Much of our repertoire is learned by ear and taught by example. Many of our songs are performed from memory.
WHEN WE SING. We generally rehearse on Sunday evenings from August to June. We have occasional additional rehearsals, an annual retreat, and social events such as pitch-ins. We perform 3 season concerts during the year and at a number of community events.
MEMBER EXPECTATIONS. Members are expected to be prepared and present at each rehearsal, work toward musical excellence as a contributing member of the group, perform at season concerts and extra gigs if possible. Members also purchase their own performance attire, and pay an annual membership fee. Financial assistance is available. Please see Member Expectations document for further details.