Singer Auditions for 2024-2025

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh is the chorus of choice of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and as such we hold ourselves to the highest musical standards.  All members are expected to be able to read music and sing expressively, in tune, and with a tone quality appropriate to choral music.

There are two categories of membership, Volunteer and Professional Core.  All members are expected to prepare their music before each rehearsal, and expected to sing the full complement of concerts in any given season.  A listing of concerts for the upcoming season will be available at your audition appointment. All members are required to pay yearly dues, and furnish their own concert attire.

Note:  The Mendelssohn Choir requires all singers and staff to be fully vaccinated, and have received a booster shot.  You will be asked to present proof of vaccination via photo or scan should you be accepted into the choir.

We will be hearing auditions for the 2024-2025 season during the following dates and times.  All auditions will be held at Heinz Hall.

  • Monday, May 20, 2024 – 4-9pm
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2024 – 4-9pm
  • Friday, July 26, 2024 – 2-9pm
  • Saturday, July 27, 2024 – 10am-5pm

Please contact Emily Leal-Santiesteban at or at 412-926-2488 if you have questions.

Audition Requirements and Process:
All interested in auditioning must fill out the online audition form.

Volunteer Chorus Member Auditions

Professional Core Member Auditions

  • Two (2) art songs and/or arias in contrasting styles. At least one should be in a language other than English or Latin
  • Prepared choral excerpt from Movement 3 of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiemand “And He shall purify” from Handel’s Messiah
  • Choral resumé must be submitted at the time of your audition

Audition Resources

MCP 2024 Audition Excerpt 1 – Brahms EDR mvt 3

MCP 2024 Audition Excerpt 2 – Messiah-And He shall purify

Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem Practice Tracks

Handel’s Messiah Practice Tracks