November 14, 2019
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St. Cecilia Chamber Choir Holding Auditions

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The St. Cecilia Chamber Choir

St. Cecilia Chamber Choir will hold auditions for all voice parts at St. Andrew’s Church in Newcastle on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Aug. 27th, Sept. 3rd, and Sept. 10th. The Choir performs a variety of challenging repertoire from the medieval period to new compositions. Last spring’s semi-staged performance of Purcell’s Baroque opera, The Fairy-Queen was received with great acclaim, and the Choir’s annual Ceremony of Lessons and Carols concerts have become a perennial Christmas favorite in Midcoast Maine. To schedule an audition, call director Linda Blanchard at (207) 380-2768 or email For more information about the Choir, please visit our website at

Singers wishing to audition should have good vocal control, and sopranos and altos should be able to sing without vibrato. Tenors and basses need not be able to sing with a straight tone. The ability to read music is much preferred, but those who cannot read may participate by spending extra time learning the music at home with the aid of provided practice materials. We especially encourage gifted student singers to audition.

Rehearsals take place in Newcastle on Wednesday nights, 7:00 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Church. The Choir is directed by Linda Blanchard, M.A. Conducting, University of Michigan School of Music, Ann Arbor, and A.B. Bowdoin College, and accompanied by Sean Fleming, both of Damariscotta.

St. Cecilia Chamber Choir is a fully auditioned community chorus based in Newcastle and founded in 1995. Our mission is to present outstanding performances of the very best choral repertoire; to provide challenging musical opportunities to gifted local youth; to support our community with outreach programs; and to support Maine composers through the commission and performance of new music.