Auditions for Golosa Russian Folk Choir

From the Golosa mailer:
Happy fall, friends of Russian music!

While the weather cools down, the music season warms up, as we get the year started with our annual choir auditions.

Last year was an exciting season for Golosa, including our first-ever U.S. tour, which was both well received and profitable. The coming year, too, holds new things for us, as we look forward to performing at the Old Town School of Folk Music, collaborating with jazz and folk ensembles, and participating in the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, all while beginning recording work on a third CD. There’s never been a better time to join Golosa!

Golosa rehearses on Wednesday evenings on the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park. At this time we are seeking all voice parts for the 2011–2012 season, but especially altos and low basses.

New Slavic folk choir

In addition, particularly exciting this year is the inaugural season of the brand new South Slavic Choir! Golosa members and Slavic linguists Katie Tucker and Drew Boshardy will head up an ensemble focusing on folksongs of the Balkans and southern Eurasia. This group of traditions employs much the same kind of vocal production we use in Golosa, but with different, very melodic types of arrangements, often with complex rhythm.

South Slavic Choir will rehearse in Hyde Park at a day and time to be determined. As this is a somewhat experimental first season, the scope and expectations of the ensemble will be a bit dependent on participation and interest, so we hope new singers will be up for an adventure. We can promise a fun, convivial environment in which to explore some exciting music in a distinctive folk style. While Golosa has limited openings, there will be room for many new singers in this choir, so if you have auditioned for Golosa in the past or if you just aren’t sure you have time to commit to Golosa’s busy schedule, we encourage you to consider South Slavic Choir.

Sign up for auditions

Golosa and South Slavic Choir will hold joint auditions at the beginning of October. With one audition, singers may elect to be considered for either choir, or for both. No experience speaking Russian or any Slavic language is necessary, though an enthusiasm to learn is always welcome.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, October 1, from
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Hyde Park; and on Sunday, October 2, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Lake View.

To sign up for an audition, please reply to this e-mail and we’ll find you a time slot. No prepared solo is necessary—just bring your big voice and your passion for folk music.


Word of mouth is our best publicity, so please send your musical friends and colleagues our way, too. Thanks, and we look forward to singing and sharing music with many of you! Best wishes from all of us in Golosa.

For more information about Golosa, visit their website at

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