Join the International Voices Houston Family
We’re thrilled that you’re interested in learning more about joining our choir! The choir is filled with people from all over the world, living in Houston, who are passionate about celebrating our differences and making the world a better place, one song at a time. As Artistic Director Mark Vogel says, “The world needs to hear our song!”
Hear Our Singers
Interested in Singing?
Please complete our audition form to receive additional details about our audition process.
When are auditions held?
Auditions are typically held 3 times a year, before the start of each concert cycle: in August, January, and early April. COVID19 restrictions and protocols apply.
How can I prepare for an audition?
We know auditions can be scary and intimidating. Take a deep breath and relax! If you plan to bring a prepared piece, be sure to select a song that highlights your voice and your abilities.
What can I expect during an audition?
The audition process is simple and short (about 10 mins.) and consists of 3 parts:
- Vocalizing to determine range and further examine tone quality.
- Ear training assessment; auditionees will sing back a series of notes played by the Artistic Director to evaluate ability to match pitch.
- Music reading assessment; auditionees are given a simple melody to sight read to determine ability. Sight reading ability does not necessarily affect your chances of getting in the choir, it simply shows the Artistic Director where you are musically.
You are welcome to bring a prepared piece of your choosing to sing either a cappella or with accompaniment. An accompanist will be provided. This can be as simple as Happy Birthday, a favorite hymn or folk song, or it can be something more difficult. Audition with a song that best suits your voice and demonstrates your ability to stay on pitch.
COVID19 restrictions and protocols apply.
How will I know if I’ve been accepted?
If you are not notified immediately following your audition, you will be notified within a week’s time, depending on the audition schedule and number of auditions.
Do I have to know how to read music?
No! The choir is filled with beginner singers, as well as professional singers, and every skill level in between. We offer resources to help you learn the music.
What kind of music does the choir sing?
International Voices Houston performs music from all parts of the world, from all periods, historical and modern, and in all styles and genres. Much of it is sung in the original languages.
How often does the choir perform?
We typically perform 3 major concert programs with a minimum of 3 performances each in December, March, and June. We also perform at various functions and collaborate with other musical organizations throughout the year. COVID19 restrictions and protocols apply.
Where does the choir perform?
Our concerts for the upcoming season will take place at MATCH, in Midtown at 3400 Main St., Houston, TX, 77002. COVID19 restrictions and protocols apply.
Is there a uniform for performance attire?
The performance dress code is full length black trousers (or long skirt or dress), black closed toe shoes, and a black top with long sleeves. The choir wears colorful neckties and scarves to complement the standard black concert attire at the discretion of the Artistic Director. These items will be ordered by the choir for the singers. Singers are responsible for purchasing and maintaining their performance attire. Uniforms are not provided.
When does the choir rehearse?
Rehearsals are held most Monday evenings from 7:15 – 9:30 p.m. A rehearsal is occasionally scheduled on a different night of the week, or on a weekend. COVID19 restrictions and protocols apply.
Are there membership dues?
International Voices Houston is a volunteer membership organization and we rely on membership dues to help pay for music, performance space, and operational expenses. Financial assistance is available for those who need it.
Where does the choir rehearse?
Choir rehearsals are held in Fondren Hall on the second floor of the Jones Building on the campus of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in the Houston Museum District. The Jones Building is located at 5400 Fannin Street. The entrance is on the sanctuary side of the Jones Building, near the fountain. An elevator is located in the lobby if needed.
Where can I park?
Parking is free in two lots across Fannin Street from the sanctuary. The addresses for the parking lots are 1131 Binz Street and 5500 San Jacinto Street. Entrances to the parking lots are on Binz (between Fannin and San Jacinto) and on San Jacinto (at Calumet Street). The church is within a block of both Museum district MetroRail stops.
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