Sing with the Orfeó Català
To become a singer of the Orfeó Català means belonging to one of the most prestigious and storied amateur choirs in the country. An opportunity to become part of one of the leading choral families, with highly prestigious seasons and the most demanding artistic requirements.
This year, the choir of the Orfeó Català does not call auditions for new singers to be part of the staff, but we open the possibility of forming part of the reinforcement bag, for all strings of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.
The age limit for be presented in tests admission i is 60 years and the minimum is 25 years.
Contents of the Auditions
a. Performance of a freely-chosen work for voice and piano.
b. Performance of two obligatory pieces.
- For sopranos: "How beautiful are the feet of them" from The Messiah by Händel and An die Musik by Schubert in the key of D major.
- For mezzo-sopranos and contraltos: "He shall feed his flock" (version II up to bar 23) from The Messiah by Händel and An die Musik by Schubert in the key of C major or B major.
- For tenors: recitative "He was cut off" and aria "But Thou didst not leave" from The Messiah by Händel and An die Musik by Schubert in the key of D major.
- For baritones: "Herr Gott Abrahams" from the oratorio Elias by Mendelssohn and An die Musik by Schubert in the key of C major.
- For basses: "O Isis und Osiris" from Die Zauberflöte by Mozart and An die Musik by Schubert in the key of B major.
c. Performance of a freely-chosen unaccompanied melody. It can be a song, a piece for solo voice, or a piece for choir with a minimum duration of one minute.
d. Sight-reading of choral sheet music.
The applicant must demonstrate a good level of musical training and, above all, good vocal conditions. They don't need to bring a pianist.
For further information
The Orfeó Català is made up of a hundred singers and can be expanded up to a hundred and twenty for large-scale productions. Its members' dedication to the Orfeó is entirely vocational. All of them have passed an entrance test in which they proved themselves to have the right level of musical training and, above all, good vocal conditions. The choristers work in a range of fields, including education, medicine, arts administration, banking, different official bodies, the business world and music itself, among others.
The rhythm of work of the choir is based on a routine of two rehearsals a week, which are held at the Palau de la Música Catalana.
The choir performs twenty-one concerts a season at the Palau itself and at different venues in Catalonia and elsewhere. The vast majority of the Orfeó's activities take place on days and at times outside the singers' working hours, but certain projects occasionally require them to be able to miss work for a few days.
The Work Rate of the Orfeó Català
Choir rehearsals will take place at the Palau de la Música Catalana on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8.30 pm to 10.30 pm, from September to July. Eventually, on the eve of the concert, there will be rehearsals with orchestra on other days and times, which are announced in due time.
The schedule of the course will be provided once the singer has passed the entrance test.
The Orfeó Català provides its singers vocal and musical training staff quality and custom. A professional teaching team assumes the formation of the singers, under the supervision of the director and artistic team.
The teachers team is composed of Xavier Sans, Margarida Lladó, Glòria Coma, Elisenda Arquimbau, Oriol Rosés, Daniel Morales, Eulàlia Fantova and Ulrike Haller.
The Orfeó Català has a season lasting 11 months a year. Its musical activities are organized around the concerts it gives in the different series at the Palau de la Música Catalana, those for which it is hired by other auditoriums, its tours in Spain and elsewhere, a cappella concerts in towns around the country, the traditional Sant Esteve concert at the Palau and other one-off concerts.