Queens Choral Groups Hold Open Tryouts

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    Two local singing groups are looking for some treble, especially with Handel. The Oratorio Society of Queens and the Queens College Choral Society will hold open tryouts this month. More after the jump.

    Founded in 1927, the Oratorio Society of Queens consists of roughly 120 altos, sopranos, tenors, and bass singers who perform under the artistic direction of Maestro David Close. This fall, this diverse group — in terms of talent, ethnicity, age, and experience — will rehearse Part I of Handel’s Messiah and various Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs in preparation for its big holiday concert on December 21st.

    Founded in 1941, the Queens College Choral Society offers students, faculty, staff, and local music lovers the opportunity to learn and perform choral masterpieces. The society is seeking new members of all voice parts for its 2014-2015 concert season, which features a performance of…Handel’s Messiah this December.

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    Oratorio details: Auditions are at 7 pm on September 8th and September 15th. The society rehearses during fall and spring on Mondays from 7:45 pm to 10 pm, Temple Beth Sholom’s FSG Hall, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard, Flushing. More information at casaclose@gmail.com, (718) 279-3006, or www.queensoratorio.org

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    Choral details:  Auditions are at 6 pm on September 3rd and September 10th. The society rehearses on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm to 9:45 pm in Room 246 of the Music Building at Queens College, vicinity of Kissena Boulevard and Reeves Avenue, Flushing. More information at jmsjhn@aol.com, (718) 997-3818, or www.qcchoralsociety.org.

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    Photos: Dominick Totino for the Oratorio Society of Queens

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