Adult and Youth Singers Encouraged to Audition

The Susquehanna Valley Chorale (SVC) is pleased to announce its 2022-23 concert season of four performances.

The SVC’s 22-23 season opens with the world premiere of a new commission called LOVE, written by SVC Music Director and Conductor William Payn, on Sunday, October 23 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sunbury. This work features settings of poetry about love and human connection. Two audience favorite soloists will be featured: soprano Lynn Eustis and baritone Daniel Teadt.

The SVC will once again continue its cherished holiday performance, Candlelight Christmas, on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 at Zion Lutheran Church in Sunbury. Candlelight Christmas, with special guest the Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale (SVYC), follows the 100-year-old tradition of Nine Lessons and Carols, originated at King’s College, Cambridge. This concert is consistently a standing room only success.

Then, the Chorale presents The Times They Are A-Changin’, a Dylan Oratorio, which was originally scheduled pre-pandemic. The long-awaited performance will take place on Sunday, March 26 at Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg. The piece premiered in 2018 and features the music of Bob Dylan with a twist; the Chorale will also be accompanied by a chamber ensemble. The event will feature a very special silent auction of Dylan-related items.

The season wraps up with the ever-popular Pops Concert, featuring the music of Cole Porter on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 at Weber Auditorium, on the campus of Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. The performance will feature cherished music from a bygone era. This prolific composer made his mark writing scores for Broadway and Hollywood. This annual season closer is frequently one of SVC’s most POPular each year with a different theme and surprises, but always showcasing some extremely talented SVC members.

Tickets

A season subscription costs $85 and consists of four “freestyle” tickets that can be used at any SVC concert in any combination. Adult tickets are $25 and student tickets are $10. Youth under the age of 12 are always free.

Adult and Youth Singer Auditions

SVC singers represent a wide range of musical backgrounds and walks of life. New singers are welcomed twice every season through auditions with Conductor William Payn.

Regular auditions will take place on Tuesday, August 30 or Tuesday, September 6, by appointment only, at First Baptist Church, 51 S. 3rd Street in Lewisburg.

All singers must show proof of COVID vaccination. See link for more details, including a mock audition video: https://www.svcmusic.org/singer-info/auditions/

Those considering an audition, but still unsure, are welcome to join the SVC on August 30 for the first rehearsal of the season at 7 p.m. and audition the following week if interested. This allows prospective singers to experience a typical SVC rehearsal before committing to auditioning.

Adult singers can also find samples of suggested selections for each vocal part on that webpage.

Youth singers, in grades 3 up to and including grade 12, are welcome to audition for the Susquehanna Valley Youth Chorale (SVYC). Auditions will be held on Thursday, August 18 from 5-8 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1050 Buffalo Road in Lewisburg. The first youth rehearsal will take place on Tuesday, August 30 at the same location.

Appointments are required for both adult and youth auditions. To schedule an audition, please contact Coleen Renshaw at 570-765-0637 or [email protected]

For more information about the SVC and SVYC, please visit www.SVCMusic.org.