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Oratorio Society of Virginia

Oratorio Society Auditions
September 6-7, 2017

Auditions for The Oratorio Society of Virginia, the longest-running community chorus in central Virginia, will be held Wednesday, September 6, 2017, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, and Thursday, September 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the Municipal Arts Center, 1119 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

It is an exciting time to be a part of our chorus, as we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary, and will cap off the season with a special gala concert and reception in the spring.

Interested singers in all voice parts are encouraged to audition. Accepted chorus members will have weekly rehearsals with renowned conductor and Oratorio Society Music Director Michael Slon.

Rehearsals will begin in September for our next concert: Christmas at the Paramount, on December 16th at the Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

For more information, click here.

“O Nata Lux” from Lauridsen Lux Aeterna
Christmas at the Paramount, December 17, 2016

Board member Stewart Searle has produced a set of videos of the Oratorio Society in concert.
To view additional Oratorio Society videos, click here.

News & Views

The Oratorio: A Brief History

As the Oratorio Society of Virginia celebrates its 50th season in 2017, it’s worth exploring the origins of our namesake musical genre, from which several great choruses feature in our May 14th concert.

An oratorio is a large, dramatic musical composition for orchestra, choir and soloists. If that sounds a lot like an opera, you’d be making a just comparison, but there are a number of important and distinguishing differences.   (more . . .)

You can access all the posts in the News & Views blog by clicking here.

Dedicated to musical excellence, The Oratorio Society of Virginia enriches, inspires, and educates the community through regular performance of choral masterworks that express the best of the human spirit.

The Oratorio Society is affiliated with the McIntire Department of Music.

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The Oratorio Society of Virginia is partially supported by
the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

The Oratorio Society’s Media Sponsors for 2016-2017 are WMRA and WVPT.

The Oratorio Society of Virginia  •  Box 5073, Charlottesville, VA 22905-5073  •   434.295.4385  •   info@oratoriosociety.org