Sing with us!


Auditions will be in the Reno Phil Office at the McKinley Center at 925 Riverside Drive on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Auditionees should prepare the two excerpts and be ready to do vocalizing, rhythm reading, sight singing, and melodic memory.

The upcoming season of the Reno Philharmonic and Chorus is a busy one!  We have several terrific opportunities.  With the growth of the chorus comes a request from the Philharmonic leadership for an increased level of commitment from each singer in the chorus. 

In the past, our formula has been for me to send out a link to a spreadsheet where you indicate your availability to rehearse and perform with the chorus.  However, there has been attrition, so that those counts that we base our decisions on change, sometimes as much as 10%, by the time we arrive at performance.  Additionally, some singers have made choices to choose to do only some performances – based perhaps on preconceived ideas of the repertoire.  We want to strongly encourage you to consider your membership in the chorus to be a complete year commitment!

We love to have a full chorus for all of our performances.  It is challenging to program when 120 people say they are available to perform a piece, we order 120 pieces of music, we plan for 120 seats on stage, then to have 100-110 actually complete the performance.  Each singer, truly, is valuable.
The Reno Phil leadership has worked carefully to create a year-long calendar.  We ask you to look at the dates below and assess your availability. You are expected (barring unforeseen circumstances) to attend 80% of pre-concert week rehearsals, and are allowed ONE absence concert week, but it must NOT be the final dress rehearsal. All pre-concert rehearsals are 9:30 – 11:30 am, Saturdays, unless otherwise noted.  

Spirit of the Season, Jason Altieri, conductor:
October 15 (Sunday afternoon exception), 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18
November 29, 30, December 1 (Mandatory)
December 2 (2 pm)
December 2 (8 pm)
December 3 (2 pm)
Classix 5:Italian Opera Choruses, Guest Conductor
Verdi Dies Irae (Requiem), Arredi Festivi & Va Pensiero (Nabucco)
February 3 (10:30 – 12 noon), 10 (9:30 – 11), 17, 24 (afternoon)
March 3
March 7, 9, 10 (mandatory, in the afternoon)
Possible piano rehearsal with guest conductor Monday, March 5.
Italian Family Concert, March 10, morning
March 11 (4 pm)
March 13 (7:30 pm)

Classix 6: Bernstein Chichester Psalms & Make Our Garden Grow
March 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14
April 16 (piano with Laura, 7-9 pm), 18, 20, 21 (mandatory)
April 22 (4 pm)
April 24 (7:30 pm)

To audition, follow these steps:

1. Download and print the excerpts

Excerpt One

Excerpt Two – SA
Excerpt Two – TB

2. Sign up for an audition time

To sign up for an audition, click this link and add your name to an empty time slot.

3. Complete the application form

Reno Philharmonic Chorus Audition Application