Be a part of a Central PA tradition and perform great works of the choral literature!
The Harrisburg Choral Society typically performs two major concerts per year, one in late fall/early winter, and one in the late spring. The Society may also perform smaller-scale concerts during the year, such as our March concert.
Rehearsals typically begin in early September and conclude with the spring concert, with a break during the holidays. The HCS rehearses at Camp Hill United Methodist Church in Camp Hill, Tuesday evenings, from 7:30PM to 9:30PM.
Members are required to pay dues for each semester of the season (fall/spring). Members are expected to attend all rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and concert performances. Members are also expected to acquire their concert attire (all black; dress shirts, slacks, full black dresses, black shoes). Members are encouraged to help sell tickets to the concerts, and promote the ensemble through sales of concert program advertising space and patronage. Members are also encouraged to assist with organizational tasks and other volunteer opportunities (such as the Fundraiser Dinner or community singing events).
The HCS currently does not require a proof of vaccination declaration, nor will we mandate masking during rehearsals. The HCS does ask our members to monitor their health, and to stay home if they are experiencing flu or COVID-like symptoms. Read our current COVID-19 policy here.
Members of the Harrisburg Choral Society are expected to be able to follow the music, hold their own part accurately when others are singing around them, and to learn music quickly. While we are a volunteer organization of non-professional singers, we strive for excellence and our audition process is designed to ensure that new members can meet the expectation of the ensemble. For the brief audition with our music director, potential members will sing scales and arpeggios to check which voice part is most appropriate. Additionally, they should sing an excerpt from a prepared piece, which can be anything from a classical work, Broadway standard, or America the Beautiful. An accompanist is provided if needed (please bring an extra copy of the music). Sight-reading will also be requested. Entry into the ensemble is at the discretion of the music director. After admission, members can be asked to re-audition to ensure that the Harrisburg Choral Society is the right choral ensemble for them.
Auditions take place during the first 2-3 rehearsals of a semester (September and January). Mid-semester auditions are considered on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of the music director.