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Join the May Festival Chorus!


The Cincinnati May Festival Chorus will hold auditions for the 2019-2020 season on July 8 & 9 and August 24 and 31, 2019.

Robert Porco, director of choruses, will hold auditions for all voice parts by appointment.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare two solos from classical literature, one in English and one in a foreign language.  Sight reading and extensive vocalization are also a part of the audition process.  An accompanist will be provided.

To schedule an audition, fill out the form below. 

For more information, email Chorus Manager Kathryn Zajac Albertson:

Rehearsals are regularly scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 7:00-10:00 pm at Music Hall.  The season runs from a September 8th retreat through the 2020 May Festival.

The May Festival Chorus has earned acclaim locally, nationally and internationally for its musicality, vast range of repertoire and sheer power of sound. The Chorus of 130 professionally trained singers is the core artistic element of the Cincinnati May Festival as well as the official chorus of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras.

The May Festival Chorus will perform on four subscription concerts of the Cincinnati Symphony, including the Orchestra's 125th Anniversary celebration. The 2020 May Festival repertoire will be announced in fall 2019.



May Festival Youth Chorus Auditions
Next Audition Date: May 28 & 29; August 24, August 31

The May Festival Youth Chorus holds open auditions in January, May, and August of each year. We are always happy to hear from interested singers, however, and audition appointments can be made at any time. Please fill out the form below and a member of the staff will contact you with more information about membership and auditions.

Regular rehearsals are held on Sundays September-May from 2-4:30 pm at Knox Church in Hyde Park.

The May Festival Youth Chorus, connects, inspires, and educates young people through the study and performance of choral music.  Since its founding in 1987, the Youth Chorus has appeared annually at the May Festival to perform masterworks of the choral repertoire with the May Festival Chorus, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and internationally renowned conductors and soloists. In addition, the chorus presents its own concert series and collaborates with cultural institutions and organizations throughout greater Cincinnati.

Singers in grades 8-12, including those with changing voices, are eligible to participate in the Youth Chorus. Acceptance is based solely on ability, and there is no fee for membership.

Have questions? Call the May Festival Office at 513 744-3229 or Email: