Ascension Chorale

The Ascension Chorale is a 24 member chamber and Mass choir which sings regularly at Masses throughout the year, annually participates in the Fountain Hills Choir Fest, and produces and performs a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols every December during the Advent season.  The Chorale strives to provide professional quality musical experiences to inspire and uplift the congregation at Church of the Ascension.  The ensemble is always open to new membership of responsible and committed singers.  Please contact music director, Charles Szczepanek, to set up an audition.

        

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

Candidates for the Ascension Chorale must:

  • Understand the basics of reading music (ie. note names, rhythms, key signatures, time signatures) and possess a basic understanding of musical interpretive markings most often printed in Italian (ie. Allegro, con moto, ritardando, dolce, etc…).
  • Have a reasonable understanding of your individual range and how your range will fit into a professional level ensemble:
    • Sopranos should feel comfortable singing from C4 to at least A5, both with vibrato and straight-tone.
    • Altos should feel comfortable singing from G3 to at least E5, both with vibrato and straight-tone.
    • Tenors should feel comfortable singing from C3 to at least A4, both with vibrato and straight-tone.
    • Basses should feel comfortable singing from E2 to at least E4 in chest-voice, both with vibrato and straight-tone. They should also be able to sing as high as C5 in head-voice.
  • Have reasonable technical facilities. Private vocal lessons in the past or present are not necessary, but encouraged.
  • Understand the principles of resonance, tonal color, and vowel shape/diction.
  • Have experience harmonizing with others.
  • Bring 2 prepared selections to their audition: 1 solo vocal piece of your choosing and 1 piece of choral music the candidate has sung previously.

 

The Gate of Heaven

Music by: Craig Courtney; Text by: Susan Bentall Boersma

Performed by: The Ascension Chorale

O Magnum Mysterium

Music by: Tomas Luis de Victoria; Text: Traditional

Performed by: The Ascension Chorale