It’s not "The Voice" or "American Idol," but there are some vocal tryouts coming soon. No, you can’t expect to be dissed by tattoo’d rock stars, but you just might get to travel internationally if you pass the audition.
“We are looking for all kinds of singers, all kinds of voice parts," said Chancey Blackburn, the vice-chair of the San Antonio Mastersingers. "The chorus is made up of singers who have been masters of music performance, all the way to singers like me, with no formal training.”
I asked her what someone who is thinking of coming to try out can expect.
The San Antonio Choral Society is performing Thursday night at a special place. And it’s only the first in a run of special places coming up soon. That place is Mission Concepción.
“A lot of our music is a capella, so just being able to sing in a space that was basically built for music, and it's very similar to the churches and cathedrals we’ll be in in Europe,” said San Antonio Choral Society's Jennifer Seighman.
The show is Thursday at 7 p.m. and is free. After the Mission Concepción performance they are off to Europe.
The San Antonio Choral Society has a pair of performances this week. I spoke to Jennifer Seighman, who is the group’s artistic director.
“We have two concerts this week. The first one is Tuesday at 7:30 at the Oblate School of Theology and then we’ll give a second performance on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Travis Park United Methodist Church,” Seighman said.
She said the selections they’ll be singing are specifically to highlight the human voice.
There are some big changes happening at the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio. We'll get to that in a moment, but first, I talked to Artistic Director Marguerite McCormick about this Sunday’s event at Concordia Lutheran Church.
“Sunday’s performance is a big celebration. This is our 30th anniversary season and we have lots of wonderful choirs that are going to be singing in the concert as always," she said. "But we also have some wonderful alumni that are going to be in the audience and are going to come up and sing.”
The Copperleaf Quintet is set to close out its season on Sunday. As they've been all season, this concert is thematic.
"May 4 actually happens to be the feast of the forty English martyrs," said Ruth Moreland, the group's founder and artistic director.
"So we’ll do a concert of all English composers," she said. "The first portion of the concert is William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, just some really lovely liturgical motets. Some things in Latin, some things in English. And then the second half will be various pieces of English poetry set to music."
The San Antonio Mastersingers have something special planned next month. The 120-member chorus is going to sing at one of San Antonio’s landmark buildings.
"For the 11th year in a row we’re going to be performing at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, which is the only papal throne in San Antonio. So, should the Pope come to visit, that would be where he would speak," said Chancey Blackburn, who sings with, and is a board member of the Mastersingers.