Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale
to Hold Open Auditions in August

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JULY 6, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, directed by Dr. Christopher Gilliam, is holding open auditions on Monday, August 1 and Monday, August 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the choir room of Centenary United Methodist Church at 646 W 5th Street in Winston-Salem.

The Chorale is seeking soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voice types. Those interested in auditioning should bring a short prepared solo piece such as an art song or aria, a folk song, or a hymn. Auditions will consist of vocal range exercises, the prepared piece, sight reading, and pitch retention exercises. Auditions will be held in 10 minute intervals.

For audition details or to schedule your audition, please visit or contact Dr. Christopher Gilliam directly by emailing

The Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale rehearses weekly and performs several times each year with the Winston-Salem Symphony. During the Winston-Salem Symphony’s 2016-2017 70th Anniversary season, the Chorale will perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (October 15, 16 and 18, 2016), Handel’s Messiah (December 13 and 14, 2016), and Berlioz’s Te Deum (April 2 and 4, 2017). The Chorale will also perform in A Carolina Christmas with Cirque de la Symphonie (November 26 and 27, 2016). The Chorale will have a stand-alone concert on May 27, 2017. For more information visit

A North Carolina native, Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale Director Dr. Christopher Gilliam has performed extensively as a conductor and soloist throughout the United States and abroad, including the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland. He joined Davidson College as Director of Choral Activities in the fall of 2012, where he currently conducts the Chorale, Davidson Singers, Choral Arts Society, and Pro Arte Orchestra. Dr. Gilliam is also the founder, artistic director, and conductor for Lake Norman Choral Artists, a semi-professional choral organization. He is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, The National Association for Music Education, and The National Association of Teachers of Singing.

About the Winston-Salem Symphony

The Winston-Salem Symphony, one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras, will begin its 70th anniversary season in September 2016. Under the baton of Music Director Robert Moody, the performance season includes a special 70th anniversary opening concert featuring André Watts, Classics and Kicked-Back Classics series, Plugged-In Pops series, Discovery Concerts for Kids, annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, a concert featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles, and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs. For more information, visit

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This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

The Winston-Salem Symphony receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Educational initiatives made possible with funding by Wells Fargo, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools.