Carmel Bach Festival Holding Open Auditions for Youth Chorus May 2 and May 9 in Monterey

CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Calif., April 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carmel Bach Festival, an immersive festival of music and ideas celebrating the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach, will be holding auditions for its Youth Chorus. High school age students are welcome to audition for the group, which provides an opportunity for young singers to work with a professional orchestra and chorale and to perform throughout this summer's 78th annual Carmel Bach Festival from July 18 through August 1.

Auditions will take place on Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, May 9 at First Presbyterian Church at 501 Eldorado Street in Monterey, Calif. from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Youth Chorus formed in 2004, and has built up a tradition of offering choral enrichment to teens throughout the Peninsula region each summer. Participation requires a $100 tuition fee, however scholarships are readily available.

Rehearsals will be scheduled in July in preparation for performances including the "Youth Chorus Twilight" concert on Saturday, July 25 at 4 p.m. at All Saints Church located in Carmel at Dolores Street and 9th Street. The event will feature a seven-movement Bach Cantata, "Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich" (For you, Lord, is my longing) with Youth Music Monterey as their orchestra.

The Youth Chorus will also perform the Bach Cantata, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme" (Awake, a voice is calling), with the Carmel Bach Festival's professional chorale and orchestra under the direction of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Paul Goodwin. That piece will be performed during both of the Sunday main concerts, each titled "Fireworks and Harmony," on July 18 and July 25 at 8 p.m. at the Sunset Center Theater in Carmel at San Carlos and 9th Street. Further, Youth Chorus participants will be eligible to take master class sessions from chorale members and perform during a final showcase on Friday, July 31 at 5 p.m. at All Saints Church.

"Being able to sing with an orchestra and chorale with a professional conductor is a huge opportunity for any young singer who is looking to expand their vocal craft," said John Koza, the Youth Chorus Director and Assistant Conductor of Carmel Bach Festival's Chorus. "This is my tenth year conducting the Youth Chorus, and every summer I have loved giving this group 'the bug' about living in a world surrounded by music. Learning to appreciate the great works of Bach and others like Mahler and Beethoven has such lasting resonance in your life if you end up becoming a singer or a music teacher, but also if you go on to become a doctor or lawyer."

Audition requirements include the following:

  • Sing an aria or art song of your choosing
  • Sing a major and minor triad
  • Sing a diatonic and chromatic scale
  • Sing a tonal memory exercise and a short sight-reading sample

Koza has been part of the Carmel Bach Festival for 20 seasons, starting out as a member of the professional chorus and then the chorale before conducting the Youth Chorus. He is well known throughout the Monterey area as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Camerata Singers, an instructor at Hartnell College in Salinas and Director of Music for First Presbyterian Church of Monterey.

For more information about the Youth Chorus and the audition process, please visit: or call the Carmel Bach Festival at 831-624-1521.

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About Carmel Bach Festival

The Carmel Bach Festival celebrates the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas, and by meaningful community engagement throughout the year. The world-class festival of music and ideas provides fresh musical contexts that spark the imagination, stimulate the mind and enrich people's lives in multi-faceted ways. Paul Goodwin is now in his fifth season as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, and is known for his background as a professional oboist, Grammy nominee, and winner of the prestigious Handel Prize. Dene Denny and Hazel Watrous founded the Carmel Bach Festival in 1935 on the premise that Carmel-by-the-Sea should become the epicenter of world-class music, art and cultural expression. The 78th annual season will take place July 18 through August 1, 2015. For more information regarding Carmel Bach Festival events:

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