Choral Auditions

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus Auditions 

Standard audition format for CUSC:

The audition is very friendly and lasts about eight minutes. The audition is carried out by the Musical Director, Richard Wilberforce, or his assistant. You will be asked some of the following:

  • Sing some scales and/or arpeggios to demonstrate vocal range and quality.
  • Sing a short melody: the melody will be played twice on the piano first.
  • Complete some simple ear tests: e.g. picking out a note from a chord.
  • Pitch some basic intervals.
  • Sing a short passage at sight: an opportunity for a ‘second go’ is offered, credit being given for the ability to correct at a subsequent reading.

In addition, you will be asked to prepare a short piece, which will be sent to you upon receipt of your application. The audition date for Lent term is Thursday 17 February 2022. Auditions will be held at St Paul’s Church on Hills Rd from 5.30pm – 7.15pm. You can sign up for an audition here.

If you have any questions please email Liz and Bridget at

CU Symphony Chorus usually rehearses weekly on Thursday nights 7.30pm – 9.45pm during the university term in St Paul’s Church, Hills Road.

Come & Sing

The university’s “big choir”, the Cambridge University Symphony Chorus, invites you to attend an open rehearsal in St Paul’s Church, Hills Road. Whether you’re a choral scholar or an instrumentalist, a composer or a musicologist, nothing quite compares to singing large-scale symphonic choral repertoire with a hundred others, and if you don’t believe us, why not dust off your vocal chords and give it a try! If you’d like more information, email . CUSC: we sing big works in big buildings

 Cambridge University Chamber Choir Auditions

The Cambridge University Chamber Choir is delighted to announce a January 2022 audition round. Auditions will be carried out by the CUCC Musical Director, Martin Ennis, and Co-Director, David Lowe, and held at Downing College on January 29 and February 2. Singers who are new to the CUCC are asked to provide a reference from a Director of Music or singing teacher. You can register for an audition here.

Standard audition format for CUCC:

  • Prepare a short 3-5 minute solo (accompanist provided)
  • Sight reading
  • Ear tests
  • Vocal exercises (such as scales etc)

Auditions will be approximately 15 minutes long. Chamber Choir auditions will be held on Saturday January 29, 12pm – 2pm, and Wednesday February 2, 7pm – 9.30pm at Downing College.

Successful candidates will have the ability to read music well and hold their own in an ensemble. You can find more information about the Chamber Choir and FAQ’s here.

The Chamber Choir offers fantastic opportunities to singers who are looking to work in a friendly but demanding environment. By choosing a complex and diverse range of repertoire, the ensemble takes the university’s best choral singers and helps them achieve standards that exceed their expectations.

Programme information for the 2021-22 CUCC Season can be found here.

Please direct any queries to Isabelle Freeman.