Join the May Festival Chorus!


The Cincinnati May Festival Chorus and May Festival Youth Chorus are currently scheduling auditions for singers (all voice parts) for the 2016-2017 Season.  Auditions for both choruses will be held throughout the summer by appointment.


Walnut Hills High School
3250 Victory Pkwy,
Cincinnati, OH 45207

Tuesday, January 10
Tuesday, January 17
Tuesday, January 24
Tuesday, January 31

Ever wanted to sing on stage with Cincinnati's own world-renowned May Festival Chorus? Now is your opportunity to join their ranks! These dedicated singers rehearse on Tuesday evenings with director Robert Porco. The May Festival Chorus performs each May on stage with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and a cast of some of the world's most talented conductors and soloists, as well as throughout the season as the official chorus of the CSO. 

Audition requirements are two prepared solos (one in a foreign language; one in English) and sight reading.  Repertoire for the upcoming season includes Bach: B Minor Mass, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 and Elgar: Dream of Gerontius.  

To schedule an audition please contact Rosanne Wetzel at or 513.744.3229.

This premier choral organization has gained international acclaim for its annual May Festival Season and for performances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on subscription series concerts. The May Festival Chorus is under the direction of Robert Porco.


High School Students (Grades 9-12)
Knox Presbyterian Church
3500 Michigan Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45208

Sunday, January 8
Sunday, January 15
Sunday, January 22
Sunday, January 20

This is Cincinnati’s premier select high school singing opportunity for exceptionally talented young musicians to rehearse and perform choral music in a professional working atmosphere. The Cincinnati May Festival Youth Chorus is offering auditions throughout the month of January for the upcoming second semester season.  Because the chorus is totally funded by the Scripps Howard Foundation, there is no tuition fee.

Audition requirements for the May Festival Youth Chorus are requirements are one prepared solo and very basic sight reading. Student’s grades 9-12 are eligible to audition. A sight reading class is offered for singers who would like, or need to improve skills from 2:00-2:30PM. Rehearsals for the May Festival Youth Chorus are regularly scheduled on Sunday afternoons from 2:30-5:00PM at Knox Presbyterian Church in Hyde Park.  The May Festival Youth Chorus is under the direction of Dr. James Bagwell.  In addition to performances scheduled throughout the year, the MFYC frequently performs with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra in historic Music Hall and Riverbend.

To schedule an appointment to audition or to obtain additional information, please call the May Festival office at 513 744-3229 or email