Join the May Festival Chorus!


The Cincinnati May Festival Chorus is now scheduling auditions for the 2017-2018 Season

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.

For more information or to schedule an audition please call the May Festival Office at 513 744-3229 or email:

Rehearsals are regularly scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 7:00-10:00 pm at Music Hall.  The season runs from a September 9th retreat though the 2018 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 Orchestra

We are anticipating a very exciting season ahead as we return to Cincinnati’s newly renovated Music Hall.  The upcoming season will include performances with the CSO of major works by Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Carl Orff and a world premiere by Julia Adolphe.  The 2018 May Festival repertoire will be announced soon.


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

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

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.