Auditions are still open for the BASS, TENOR, and ALTO sections of the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale!
If you have good tone, pitch, diction, rhythm and music-reading skills, please consider auditioning with us. Bring one piece of music to sing; a piano accompanist will be provided.
To schedule an audition at the Boise Philharmonic rehearsal hall at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, call 208-344-4794 or email Joanne@BoisePhilharmonic.org
The Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale (BPMC) prepares, performs, and promotes choral master works. The 100+ chorale members volunteer their time and talents to perform for the community. The ensemble requires a specific style of music. Singers must be at least 18 years of age or a high school graduate. Members of the BPMC are recruited through audition only.
Auditions include three parts:
- Vocalization and tonal memory
Your vocal range will be tested though a vocal warm up. Tonal memory will be tested through a series of intervals played on piano, and you will be expected to sing back the intervals presented.
- Sight-reading and harmonization
You will be presented with a selection of music for sight-reading assessment. You will have a brief moment to look over the selection before singing it for the panel.
- Performance piece
Auditionees must come prepared with an aria or art song of your choice (NO POP MUSIC). Your selected piece does not have to be memorized. Bring accompaniment sheet music if you do not want to sing your piece a cappella.
For any questions or concerns, please contact:
Joanne Anderson, Chorale Coordinator
Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale
2017-2018 Concert Season
September 29 & 30
Carmina Burana with the BPO
"Honor to those who serve." With Treasure Valley Concert Band at the MC
December 1 & 2
Handel's Messiah with the BPO at St John's Cathedral
December 8 & 9
Holiday Pops with the BPO
"In house concert"
April 27 & 29
TBA with the Boise Baroque Orchestra
Music Week Church Night
Music Week Showcase with Treasure Valley Concert Band
About the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale
Through 40 years, the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale has endeavored to create moving musical experiences that inspire our community. A rich tradition of great chorale music and modern musical innovations mark the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, a nonprofit and community-based volunteer ensemble. The Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale is an auditioned chorus of more than 100 singer volunteers, which has provided the greater Boise area with choral master works since 1975. The inaugural concert that year was a performance of Handel’s "Messiah" with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra!
Eight years ago, the Chorale partnered with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra. This union has made it possible to create distinctive concert experiences for both audiences and singers.
The Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale strives to build this community by:
- performing concerts and musical programs of professional quality
- providing artistic development opportunities to its members and community
- bringing choral music to new audiences through outreach and education programs
- Initiating creative programming and introducing audiences to music that is difficult to access
In addition to performing with the Philharmonic, the Chorale has also collaborated with other area arts groups including the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Ballet Idaho, Idaho Dance Theatre, Opera Idaho Children’s Chorus, Treasure Valley Concert Band, Boise State University Symphonic Orchestra, and other local choruses. The Chorale has performed numerous times for Boise Music Week and has invited area high school singers to participate as part of an educational outreach effort.
The Chorale is led by Dr. James Jirak, who is in his nineteenth year as Artistic Director and conductor of the BPMC. The ensemble rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:00 until 9:00 at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy. (click to view Dr. Jirak's bio)
The Boise Philharmonic 2013-2014 Classic Series Concert Season highlighted the artistic voices of the Chorale performers in Verdi's Requiem. Idaho Composer, Jim Cockey, premiered his work Sacred Lands with the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale, Boise Philharmonic, and Ballet Idaho during the 2012-13 Season. The music was commissioned at the request of the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the state's sesquicentennial celebration. Prior to that, the Chorale had commissioned and performed two multi-movement works for choir and orchestra. The first was composed by Vijay Singh, for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. Entitled Sons of the West, the text included excerpts from the diaries of expedition members while they traveled through present-day Idaho. The second commission went to Paul Aitken who composed a five movement work entitled And None Shall be Afraid using peace prayers from Jewish, Native American, Muslim, Christian, and ancient Chinese sources. This work had a New York premiere in Carnegie Hall in 2010 and has since been performed again at Carnegie Hall.