DATE:  August 11 , 2005
CONTACT: Dr. Sam Logsdon, Professor of Music, (361) 825- 2761; or Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336 

Corpus Christi Chorale to hold Auditions for Upcoming Season
University’s Performing Arts Center to be performance venue for Chorale

The Corpus Christi Chorale, in partnership with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, will hold auditions for its 2005-2006 Season on Saturday, Aug. 20 and Saturday, Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon in the University’s choir rehearsal hall located in the Center for the Arts, Room 136. Auditions by appointment may also be arranged by calling (361) 825-2761.

This is the first time in the Chorale’s 60-year history that it has teamed with A&M University-Corpus. The Chorale’s new performance venue will be the Performing Arts Center (PAC) located on the University campus.

“The Chorale's move to A&M-Corpus Christi puts us in the forefront of the University’s endeavors to promote the performing arts in Corpus Christi and also helps us to pursue our own objectives,” said Chorale President Brian Grant.

During auditions, prospective chorale members will sing one or two well-known songs then perform a pitch retention exercise which gives an indication of an individual's potential for developing sight-reading. Weekly rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 30.

"I'm looking forward with great anticipation to working with the Chorale in my new persona as artistic director,” said Dr. Sam Logsdon, professor of music at A&M-Corpus Christi. “The Performing Arts Center is not only a truly stellar performance venue, but also a space that appears to have the capacity to nurture and inspire performers who grace its stage. I am working now to complete the season's programs with music that is rewarding, interesting, and fun to share with audiences."

The tentative selections for the Chorale’s new season include a Tuesday, Oct. 25 presentation of “Choral Dances” from “Gloriana,” by Benjamin Britten; “Time Pieces,” by Stephen Chatman; and “Ave Maria,” by Morten Lauridsen.

A program of holiday music scheduled for Friday, Dec. 16 will include “When Icicles Hang” by John Rutter. The highlight of the season will be in April when the Chorale performs Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. Rounding out the season will be an all-Mozart program featuring local soloists.