Auditions will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at the Mequon United Methodist Church, 11011 N. Oriole Ln., Mequon, WI. Auditions are by appointment only between 10:00 AM and noon. The audition process includes a short solo work, a duet, sight reading, and aural skills. An accompanist will be provided. Interested singers should call the Bel Canto office at (414) 481-8801.
In its 82nd year, Bel Canto is a premier choral group with approximately 100 singers, primarily from Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois. The chorus performs between October and June at various venues throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, and holds weekly rehearsals at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. The 2012-13 season includes performances of “Prayers for Mankind” by Alexander Levine; “Gloria” by John Rutter; “All-Night Vigil” by Sergei Rachmaninoff;
About Richard Hynson
This season marks Richard Hynson’s 25th year as Music Director of Bel Canto Chorus. Since 2006, Hynson has also served as Music Director of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his work as a conductor and educator, Hynson is a composer. He has written a substantial body of published choral, vocal, and ensemble works, many of which he has recorded with Bel Canto Chorus singers. The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants have frequently performed Hynson’s “In the Midst of Life,” composed in response to the events of September 11.
About Bel Canto Chorus
Formed in 1931, Bel Canto Chorus is Southeastern Wisconsin’s longest continuously performing arts group. It is made up of mostly volunteer singers from southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. Under the direction of Richard Hynson, the chorus opened its 81st season on Sunday afternoon, September 11, 2011 with “United We Stand” in Cathedral Square park. This free concert marking the tenth anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks featured Mozart’s “Requiem” and Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and Bel Canto Chorus. “The chorus sang with force and assurance, easily separating the complex vocal lines...and following Hynson's judicious phrasing in when to hold back and when to let go.” (David Lewellen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
For additional information, promotional photos, or interview requests, contact Marla Hahn, Executive Director, at (414) 481-8801.