Orpheus Male Chorus to host open auditions Jan. 5, 12

The Orpheus Male Chorus (submitted photo)

The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix (submitted photo)

The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix—Arizona’s longest-standing, continuously performing choral arts organization—is holding auditions for the winter/spring portion of its 87th season.

Auditions will be held 6:15-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 5 and 12, 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 approximately 80 members. The organization is seeking to rapidly expand its membership.

In late February, Orpheus will perform at the 2016 Western Division Conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Pasadena, Calif. During the spring, Orpheus will present “From Pasadena to Broadway” featuring favorites from the program to be presented for the Choir Directors in Pasadena along with Broadway classics, the release stated.

Orpheus 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, ranging from sacred works to raucous drinking songs.

Throughout its rich 86-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. 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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