The Memphis Symphony Chorus is made up of 120 dedicated choral singers from every walk of life including lawyers, homemakers, salespeople, teachers, students, and business managers who attend weekly Monday night rehearsals that begin early in September and continue through the final concert in the spring. Though being a professional musician is not a prerequisite for joining the chorus, the ability to read music and vocal auditions are required. Artistic Director Dr. Lawrence Edwards welcomes vocalists who share a love for great choral music who can devote their time and energy to regular rehearsals.
The Memphis Symphony Chorus began in 1965 with about 30 singers rehearsed by Sara Beth Causey and directed by Maestro Vincent de Frank. Today the Chorus is an integral part of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, performing as many as five separate concerts per seasons. Recent performances include Holst's The Planets, Mahler's Second Symphony, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Verdi's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, and Handel's Messiah.
The Chorus Artistic Director, Dr. Lawrence Edwards, is also Coordinator of Choirs at the University of Memphis. He joined the orchestra family in 1988. Dr. Edwards sees the chorus as a musical ensemble dedicated to striving for musical perfection.
Our Board of Directors
The Memphis Symphony Chorus has a 15-member Board of Directors that is selected each year from among the members of the Chorus. The Board of Directors is in charge of the general operation of the Chorus and assists with the annual fruit sale fundraiser, social activities and special events, venue setup, and membership assistance including music and attire.
2014-2015 Board of Directors
President – Lisa Mendel
Vice President for Operations – Cindy Armistead
Vice President for Information – Steve Alsobrook
Vice President for Activities – Mary Seratt
Secretary – Jim McClanahan
Treasurer – Cindy Armistead
Attendance – Cindy Armistead
Attire – Pam Gold
Auditions - Jackie White, Pam Gold
Chorus Buddies – Jackie White
T-Shirts; Legal Counsel -Barry White
Fruit Sale - Anita Hester, Shane Rasner, Terron Perk, Kim Eggert
Newsletter - Bob Brown
Historian – Jan Carnall
Operations Assistants – Shane Rasner, Jackie White, Cindy McCool
Public Relations – Terron Perk
Social - Mary Seratt and Anita Hester
Auditions for the 2014-2015 season are on August 24 and 25!
The Memphis Symphony Chorus is seeking vocalists to audition for our 2014 -2015 season. Bass, Tenor, Alto and Soprano parts are needed. Auditions will be held on Sunday, January 4, 2015.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your audition time.
All vocal parts are welcome to audition. Singers will audition in front of the Chorus Director and Chorus President only. They must be able to read music. They will be asked to sing several scales, part of the National Anthem in different keys, and then a short listening and sight-singing exercise. More audition details can be found at www.MemphisSymphonyChorus.org/audition-info/.