Auditions for the Orpheus Male Chorus to be held in August

The Orpheus Male Chorus (submitted photo)

The Orpheus Male Chorus (submitted photo)

Do you love the big, full sound of a large men’s choir?  Do you enjoy camaraderie and forming life-long friendships?

The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix — Arizona’s longest-standing, continuously performing choral arts organization—is opening auditions for its 88th season.

Auditions will be held 6:15-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9 and Tuesday, Aug 16, at Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., in Phoenix.

Prepared music is not required for the audition. Weekly rehearsals are scheduled each Tuesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the same location, according to a press release.

Orpheus’ membership of volunteer singers, ranging from talented choral enthusiasts to professional musicians, currently stands at nearly 100 members. The organization is seeking to rapidly expand its membership, the release stated.

This season, Orpheus will have the honor of performing two Legacy Concerts with the Phoenix Children’s Chorus in October, popular “Holidays With Orpheus” concerts in December and the “Timeless Tunes and Composers” concert series in the spring.

The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix made its debut on Christmas morning 1929 on KTAR-AM and has delighted audiences in venues large and small throughout Arizona and beyond with a diverse mix of classical and popular music, the release stated.

Throughout its rich 87-year history, the chorus has also toured in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, been featured in radio and TV broadcasts, and has sung the National Anthem at professional sporting events and for dignitaries, including John F. Kennedy. Orpheus has gained international acclaim on tours throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The group has excelled under the baton of Dr. Brook Carter Larson, who was just named Arizona ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) Choral Director of the Year. Prior to becoming Artistic Director for Orpheus, “Doc” taught Choral Music Education classes at Arizona State University, where he also founded the Sun Devil Singers and the ASU Men’s Chorus.

For event and ticket information, call 602-271-9396 or visit www.orpheus.org.

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