Schuylkill Choral Society
Schuylkill Choral Society      Schoral Society with Orchestra     Schuylkill Choral Society Director Dr. Mark P. Thomas
Audition . . .

Thank you for your interest in singing with The Schuylkill Choral Society, widely acknowledged as one of the finest Choral Societies in the state. The Choral Society is comprised of 100 volunteer singers ranging from high school students to retirees.

Auditions for applicants are held at the beginning of each season in late August early September, and before the beginning of each concert during the season. Auditions during the year are usually held in early January and the end of March. You may contact the Choral Society office at 570-628-3388, or send an email to to schedule an audition. Please be sure to read all of the following information before requesting an audition.


Auditions and most rehearsals are held at the United Presbyterian Church, Pottsville.

United Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of Third and Mahantongo Streets, Pottsville. The Third Street side entrance is used to enter the church for rehearsals. Parking is available at the Mahantongo Street Municipal Parking garage, located across the street from the Church at Second and Mahantongo Streets. There is no charge for parking in the evening.


Members are expected to attend all rehearsals and performances. Concert schedules are planned in advance of each season. (not including optional performance opportunities). Note: If an applicant is not available and unable to commit to the rehearsal and performance schedule, a special waiver may be requested at the time of the audition. Approval will be at the sole discretion of the Music Director.

Guidelines for Members: You are expected to fulfill your commitment to the rehearsal and performance schedule (not including optional performance opportunities) as indicated at the time of your audition, and reaffirmed at the time of your invitation and contract signing. If you must miss any rehearsals (2 is the maximum) or performances for which you had previously indicated your availability, you are requested to notify the Music Director as soon as possible. Based on such unanticipated absences, the Music Director reserves the right to ask a member to step down from a given concert, or to withdraw for the remainder of the season. The music director reserves the right to revoke membership for any chorister at any time based on attendance, musical reasons, or any other considerations. You may request a leave of absence during the season for any reason, at any time. Approval will be at the discretion of the Music Director, and if granted, will not change your status as a member.


Auditions will be approximately 5 to 10 minutes long, and held with the Music Director, Assistant Director and Pianist. Follow-up auditions, if needed, are held with the Music Director.

In auditions, you will be asked to demonstrate all or some of the following:

Range - Scales, simple vocalization, and a familiar song;

Pitch perception / Tonal memory - Matching a series of tones from the piano and singing tones at intervals above or below a given tone; Rhythm - Clapping or speaking written rhythm patterns;

Music Reading is not required.


You will receive a response to your initial audition by phone or mail within one week of your audition.

Follow-up audition results are based on a competitive ranking of musical ability along with an acceptable statement of availability and commitment to the rehearsal and performance schedule (not including optional performance opportunities).

Choristers who accept their invitation will be asked at that time to reaffirm their availability and commitment to the rehearsal and performance schedule as indicated on their audition form.

Note: Former members and new applicants who are interested in membership for the following season must re-audition prior to the beginning of the new season.


Full rehearsals with piano are held every Monday evening, 7:30-9:30 pm at United Presbyterian Church, Pottsville.

Dress rehearsals are held at the site of the upcoming concert(s). These rehearsals normally take place on the Thursday evening before the concert and are mandatory. Their approximate times normally are 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

The Concert season runs from September until approximately mid-May each year.


Dues $50.00 per season. This is broken down as $35 membership dues and a $15.00 music fee which is put toward the purchase of the music the Choral Society will use during the season.


All music is returned to the Choral Society Librarian at the end of each concert and is the property of the Choral Society.

Some works will be available on loan without charge.

You are asked to purchase a formal black choral folder, which you then keep for your own permanent use. These are available from the Choral Society.



• Purchase of standard concert gown (Approximately $65.00 - payment plan available)
• Black shoes
• No jewelry, except a single string of necklace pearls
• No perfume or scented body deodorant (This rule also applies to rehearsals)


• Tuxedo or black suit (no tails), black bow tie, white tuxedo shirt (occasionally red bow tie for Christmas)
• Black shoes
• No scented body deodorant (This rule also applies to rehearsals)


Most performances are at different venues throughout the county. Generally they are churches or high school auditoriums.

In addition to singing during the regular season, the Schuylkill Choral Society also provides an opportunity to sing with the Mark Thomas Ensemble. The Ensemble performs at small community functions and occasionally during intermission at our own concerts.

Special performances also take place at local community events such as the Relay for Life and 4th of July celebrations in Pottsville. Members are encouraged to take part in these community events, but this is not mandatory.

Foreign and Domestic Tours - The Schuylkill Choral Society has gone on several international tours, performing in Canada, Ireland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria. The Choral Society also performed recently at the Lakeside Ball room along with the New York Pops Orchestra, and toured with the Prague Radio Symphony in Prague, Salzburg and Vienna.

Participation in additional performances and tours are strictly voluntary.

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  December 1 - 2
  March 10
  May 19

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