Enthusiastic and talented choral singers wanted! Ensemble Companio is an award-winning chamber choir drawing membership from across the Northeastern region. We live out our mission “to build bridges between people through authentic, inspiring performances of the finest choral music” through fresh programming, thoughtful collaborations, and a uniquely accessible model. We are accepting auditions of all voice parts, but are specifically seeking tenors and basses.
Led by Artistic Director Erik Peregrine and entering its thirteenth season, Ensemble Companio was a finalist for both the 2017-2018 American Prize in Choral Performance (community division) and the 2017-2018 Ernst Bacon Memorial Prize for the Performance of American Music. Ensemble Companio won the 2012 American Prize in Choral Performance, and has hosted such luminaries as Alice Parker and Matthew Oltman as clinicians.
Life as a Companio
Our rehearsal season runs September through March, during which we meet monthly for retreat-style, weekend-long rehearsals, and then perform three concerts (March, April, and May). For many singers, this provides greater flexibility than the traditional weekly rehearsal model. However, this setup requires greater individual responsibility as singers are expected to study and memorize music between monthly rehearsals. This commitment is the secret ingredient to Ensemble Companio’s musical excellence and close camaraderie.
Rehearsals and concerts take place in a rotating set of locations across the northeast including New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Members organize their own travel logistics, but we team up for housing and travel support when possible. To minimize costs, carpooling and homestays are typical and chorus sections take turns providing Saturday lunches. Members often spend the Saturday evening of rehearsal weekends socializing together.
Our membership is comprised of singers from all walks of life united by a love of singing and a belief in the transformative and restorative power of quality choral music performed beautifully. Open to singers 21 years of age and older, Ensemble Companio’s dynamic structure is ideal for young professionals, recent graduates, and parents searching for a high-quality post-collegiate choral experience.
How to Audition
To audition for Ensemble Companio, email our Ensemble Advocate Elena Gregorio at . Elena will give you an overview of the chorus and upcoming season and walk you through the audition process, which involves recording vocal exercises and musical excerpts for evaluation by our Artistic Director. The deadline for audition submissions is Tuesday, August 15, 11:59 pm EST.
To hear Ensemble Companio in action, please visit us on social media, SoundCloud, or our website at www.ensemblecompanio.org to learn more about us. We look forward to hearing from you soon!