Season 2017/2018

Auditions are held by appointment only.  Please email or complete the form below.


High school singers with performing experience may audition for Ovation at various times throughout the season on a case-by-case basis. New singers may be added in order maintain a balance of voice parts. Call 503-697-SING (503-697-7464) or send an email message to to schedule a private audition. There is no cost to audition.

Ovation Auditions

Q: Who’s eligible?

A: High school girls and boys, ages 14 to 18.

Q: How do I schedule an audition?

A: Complete the form below, call 503-697-SING (503-697-7464) or send an email inquiry to:

Q: Is there a cost to audition?

A: No.

Q: How do I prepare?

A: Prepare one minute of a song of your choice that shows off your voice. Practice singing it without accompaniment by memory. Arrive warmed up and ready to sing. A starting pitch can be given if desired.

Q: What can I expect during my audition?

A: During your audition you’ll sing simple exercises to demonstrate tone quality and vocal control. Using the piano for support, the director will ask you to sing the exercise several times in various keys to demonstrate range. You’ll be given an opportunity to sing a song that you will have prepared in advance (see above). The director might ask you to learn something new, then ask you to sing your part while another part is sung. Prospective participants will be invited to a call back audition where you’ll sing with other singers in various combinations to assess blend, balance, poise, and ability to sing an independent harmony part.

Q: What will the choir director expect?

A: Fundamentals: accuracy of intonation (singing in tune), fullness of tone, free singing, joy for performing, confidence, and a capacity to take direction. Beyond that, singers must be able to sing in harmony and to learn quickly. Music literacy is not a criteria for selection, though the ability to read music is a plus. We’re looking for soloists who perform with charisma and style, and who can also meld with a unified ensemble.

Q: When will I be notified about my audition outcome?

A: Call back notices are delivered within 48 hours.


Portland Choirs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization whose mission is: “to provide music education and professional-quality performance opportunities that develop self-esteem, depth of character, and advanced music skills in boys 6 to 18.” Ovation, a show choir for high school age boys and girls, is affiliated with Portland Choirs, also a host organization for Portland Boychoir. Portland Choirs does not discriminate on the basis of color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Portland Choirs is not affiliated with any school or religious organization.

Please fill out the following form to schedule an audition.

Audition Application

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