2019 Audition Information 22

Welcome to the 2019 PFLC Auditions! We’re glad you stopped by and we hope you’ll consider auditioning for this upcoming season. Read on to learn a bit about how our choir functions, how to register for an audition spot and everything you can expect from the audition process.

THE CHOIR

  • We welcome all who self-identify as femme/trans/woman or gender non-binary.
  • We seek to emphasize work in our repertoire that supports femme/trans/woman and gender non-binary artists, issues, equality and empowerment.
  • We are a “self-run” choir! This means we don’t have a “leader” or director in the traditional sense, but rather we share these responsibilities in a mix of organic & democratic selection. All choir members contribute as they are able, willing and interested to the governance, leadership and musical magic-making this choir puts forth. There are various committees that lead efforts in marketing, booking gigs, planning rehearsals, justice & inclusion efforts and more. Your participation in one of these committees will be a welcome and looked-for contribution as part of your membership in the choir. And it’s fun! In addition, a core group of members are voted on each year by the choir to participate on a board (known as the Red Hot Coals). These members dedicate additional time to the operational needs of the choir and serve as a central communications team and choral think tank.
  • Each year, the whole choir votes on the new season’s repertoire from an existing gallery of songs we’ve learned in prior years. And 3 or 4 new songs are added to the repertoire through a Song Pitch process we engage in at the start of each season.
  • At each rehearsal, active participation from all members is welcome and encouraged to share ideas for dynamics, arrangement, phrasing or other performance techniques.  You don’t need to be able to read music, but you do need to be able to listen to yourself and those around you and be open to constructive feedback. Our rehearsals are in a laid-back and supportive environment, but we don’t sacrifice choral rigor or our rock n roll attitude! (Also, most of us are nerds, so…)
  • We perform at a variety of venues and settings in the Twin Cities – including parks, theaters, clubs, bars and other religious and social institutions. Most of our performances are off-book, so memorization of your part in each song will be a priority. If this sounds like your dream come true – then read on to learn how you can make it happen.
  • We rehearse every Thursday evening from 7 to 9 PM at Richfield Lutheran Church. Our season runs from approximately March to November each year, concluding with a season finale performance.

 

THE AUDITION

  • Location: Richfield Lutheran Church – 8 W 60th St., Minneapolis, MN 55419
  • Registration: Audition registration will be open for 24 hours – January 24, 2019 from 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR AUDITIONS.
  • Process: The auditions process will take place in two rounds. ALL who register to audition will attend ROUND 1. After the first round, those notified will be invited to attend ROUND 2. We seek to conduct every aspect of the audition process in an affirming and non-intimidating way. Relax, be yourself, have fun.

Round 1 – Thursday, February 7th, 7-9 PM

Round 1 will start with sectionals. You will be divided into one of three groups – Soprano, Alto or Tenor, based on the part you choose at time of registration – to learn our song “Flood Plain Ballad” together. These groups will be led by current PFLC singers. This is an opportunity to sing out any jitters and get a glimpse into how we do things at PFLC. After “sectionals” we will bring small groups of auditioners together to sing your newly-learned part in “Flood Plain Ballad” along with a few of our current members.  Our goal here is to hear if you can sing, hold your part, and enjoy the process!

 

Round 2 – Thursday, February 21st, 7-9 PM

A few days following Round 1, you will receive an email indicating whether or not you have been called back for Round 2. If you are called back, you will attend Round 2 on the 21st. This round will include three different stations:

1) A brief interview

2) Sing Flood Plain Ballad in trios

3) Range testing and pitch matching

4) Once you get through all three stations you may leave. More information about the interview and other steps in Round 2 process will be sent to those called in for that round.

Additional Notes:

  • Prior to Round 1 auditions, you will receive an email giving you access to sheet music and a recording of Flood Plain Ballad, which you can use to review prior to your audition.
  • If you receive an invitation to join the choir, the part you audition for may not necessarily be the part you are ultimately assigned in the choir for the 2019 season. Depending on the choir’s needs and depending on your vocal flexibility, a different part may be assigned to you.
  • If you have any questions/concerns/clarifications/clever witticisms – please send them to auditions@prairiefireladychoir.org and someone will reply to you as soon as possible.

 

Looking forward to meeting new faces and singing with new voices! Rock on.

 

22 thoughts on “2019 Audition Information

  1. Reply Melody Luepke Mar 29,2017 9:46 am

    Hello lovely lady singers!

    I am definitely interested in auditioning for the 2018 season. Would you please put me on the mailing list for when that happens?

    Congratulations on performing with Cantus; that should be spectacular.

    Peace,

    Melody

    • Reply Prairie Fire Lady Choir Apr 8,2017 7:29 am

      I have added your email to the mailing list so you will be able to receive occasional updates! We also post audition information on our Facebook page as well as here on the website in January.

  2. Reply Jodi Gersh Apr 17,2017 11:46 am

    I am soo bummed I missed auditions. I just moved to MN from the DC area and definitely want to be on the list for 2018. Please add me? Thank you and I look forward to attending some of your shows.

    • Reply Prairie Fire Lady Choir May 10,2017 7:45 am

      We will add you to our email list! Auditions are most often held in January and we post links on our website and Facebook page.

  3. Reply Louise Miner Aug 13,2017 10:52 am

    I JUST learned about your choir! You are fabulous!
    Please put me on your email list. I am interested in your auditions for 2018. Thanks so much!

    • Reply Prairie Fire Lady Choir Sep 2,2017 9:48 am

      Thank you! We will add you to our mailing list. Auditions are generally in January and we post info here and on Facebook!

  4. Reply Jane Nilan Sep 5,2017 2:59 pm

    Hi — Could one of your board members email or call
    me? I sing with the Edina Chorale (approx. 75-80
    members) in SW Mpls/Edina. We are currently exploring
    our identity & I am on the board’s transition group….
    So, just a few questions about your organization.
    Many thanks. Jane Nilan (c: 612-839-4089) or
    Email below.

  5. Reply Michelle Newman Sep 6,2017 1:53 pm

    Hi there – I just learned about your group and would be very interested in auditioning in 2018. Please add me to your email/notification group. Thank you and I look forward to hearing more in the future!

    • Reply Prairie Fire Lady Choir Oct 2,2017 7:43 am

      You can sign up for our newsletter on the website and keep an eye on our website and social media for updates about audition information. We usually hold them in January.

  6. Reply Martina Oct 4,2017 2:04 pm

    Hi, I am looking to get back into a choir I have been out for a few years and my old choir instructor informed me about you guys! I would love to audition for 2018! Please add me to your Email list! Hope to here from you guys!
    Thank You !

  7. Reply Claudia Callaghan Dec 17,2017 10:56 am

    Hi! Please place me on the mailing list for tryouts in early 2018. I sing, write songs and would love to be in the prairie fire lady choir. Many thanks!

    • Reply Prairie Fire Lady Choir Jan 1,2018 8:27 am

      Claudia- We are not, unfortunately, having auditions this year because we have no open spots in the choir. We sent an email out to people on our “audition notification” email list explaining this in further detail and would be happy to send this your way if you provide us with your email address. We are offering to help connect ladies who are on this email list with one another in case they would like to start a new choir or ensemble. Please let us know if you want to be connected to these ladies. Thank you and we hope you have a song filled 2018!

  8. Reply Minneapplemom Jan 2,2018 9:33 pm

    Hello, it sounds like a lot of professional and talented singers want to be a part of your group- as they should be. I have seen and enjoyed your performances they were moving and inspiring. I like to sing and can sing on key. Otherwise I have no training. I would say my singing is acceptable, although my oldest child always tells me to stop my youngest likes it. I am interested in being part of a group that might take an alto. Especially if they are not going to be singing religious or Christian music. I’m a Jew and I had enough of that in elementary school and middle school choir to last the rest of my life. Thanks for your music, and for the art. Annie

    • Reply Prairie Fire Lady Choir Feb 19,2018 5:51 pm

      Annie- Unfortunately we are not holding auditions this year because we are at capacity with current and returning members! Our founding members started this choir in 2010 with a handful of friends who wanted to sing together! They used Springboard for the Arts to help them figure out how to create a non profit. Good Luck! PFLC

  9. Reply Kay Nov 13,2018 8:59 pm

    How can I audition? Please add me too!

    • Reply Prairie Fire Lady Choir Jan 9,2019 10:46 pm

      Hi Kay,
      We just updated this page with information about 2019 auditions, so take a look!
      Thanks!

  10. Reply Sarah Nov 24,2018 8:34 pm

    Great to hear there will be 2019 auditions! I’m planning international travel and want to be sure not to miss out – any vague clues regarding dates such as “late january” or “late february” would be much appreciated.

    • Reply Prairie Fire Lady Choir Jan 9,2019 10:45 pm

      Hi Sarah,
      We just updated this page with details about auditions. The online registration form is open for 24 hrs on Jan. 24. Round 1 of auditions is Feb. 7, and Round 2, by invitation only, is on Feb. 21.
      Thanks for your interest!

  11. Reply reecat Nov 30,2018 2:59 pm

    Hello!

    Any news on whether you will hold auditions in 2019?

    Thanks!

    Katie

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