Call for Singers – Open Audition
Saturday October 28, 2017

MusicaNova Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director and principal conductor Warren Cohen, presents J. S. Bach’s great Eastertide oratorio St. John Passion in one performance on the afternoon of Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018, at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church.

The chorus will comprise a total of 16 highly skilled singers (4 x SATB), including five soloists (SATBB), who will sing selected arias, recits, choruses, and chorales from the work in English, from the the New Novello Choral Edition (2003).  The audience will be invited to join in singing the hymn-like chorales.  Daniel Kurek will serve as chorus master, and will sing the role of the Evangelist.

Singers will be expected to prepare their parts individually, with choral ensemble rehearsals focusing on the challenging choruses and less challenging chorales.

Audition Details

Date and Time:  Saturday, October 28, 2 PM to 7 PM at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, 3145 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale. (NE corner of Hayden and Osborn Roads)

Prepare to Sing: A 3 to 5-minute excerpt from a Baroque aria in any language.  Auditioners may be asked to sight-read a passage from the score.

Accompanist: An accompanist will be provided, or you may bring your own.

Provide: A résumé noting your relevant professional experience as a soloist or chorister and a date conflict list (see production details below).

Request a Time:  Audition slots will be up to 10 minutes.  Email your résumé and preferred time to:  The schedule will be available by October 22.

Questions:  Call 480-585-4485, email, or go to

Production Details


Chorus rehearsals (choruses and chorales only): 7 to 10 PM on January 24; February 20; March 19 and 20.

Orchestra rehearsals (full program including arias, recits, choruses, and chorales): March 22, 7 to 10 PM, and March 24, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Performance: Sunday, March 25 – call time 2:00 PM (subject to change)

Compensation:   Choristers $250, soloists $500, paid at the performance.  If cast, you will receive a copy of the score to keep and two comp tickets to the performance.