The Turtles Want You!


By Todd Camp

We offered some tongue-in-cheek audition suggestions last month, but as tryouts for the Turtle Creek Chorale’s upcoming season approaches, we thought it might be a good time to ask some of the folks involved in the process to share some tips.

TCC Associate Conductor Sean Baugh says the process is simple: Potential members collect their music at the open rehearsal on Aug. 19 and then take the next several days to prepare themselves for auditions on Aug. 23. During that week, Sean says it’s important to “take that time to prepare. We don’t require our members to have to read music but they do have to be able to learn it.”

Sean says it’s key that new members spend some time on the excerpt, so treat it seriously, and learn the notes but also remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect.

“This is not an American Idol-type audition. We’re not going to be judging them,” he says. “We want to help them become members of the Chorale.”

Steven Mitchell, one of the Chorale’s founding members, advises vocalizing in advance so your voice is ready. “You don’t want to go in cold.”

“If you love music, if you can sing, that’s what we want,” he says. “When you join, you’re expected to commit your time and effort: That means good attendance, learning and memorizing your music, and participating and getting involved. That’s part of the deal.”

One of the biggest audition traits the Chorale looks for is the ability to match pitch, Sean says. If you’re unsure about your strength in that area, he suggests hopping in the car with a friend and having them listen to you sing along with a song to see how close you sound. “If you’re way off, you probably have some pitch issues.”

But Sean asks that would-be members remember that, “this is a very, very casual and simple audition process. You don’t have to be a great musician; that’s my job to teach you to be.”

Mark these upcoming dates on your calendar!
Tuesday, Aug. 19: Open rehearsal, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 23: Open auditions, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Both sessions will be held at:
Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75219.