~ By Celeste DeMonte, publicity, Fresno Community Chorus

Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale and Coro Piccolo announces auditions for next season for singers in all voice parts, with rehearsals starting Aug. 29. Rehearsals for the non-auditioned Coro Solare begin Sept. 5.

On Sunday, Nov. 19, the full chorus sings Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living” and Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” in a concert entitled “Remembrance and Healing: Executive Order 9066 and the incarceration of ethnic Japanese in America.”

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the chorus joins the Fresno Philharmonic in a holiday concert at Saroyan Hall in downtown Fresno. Spring concerts include Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” and a concert featuring Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms.”

The separately auditioned Coro Piccolo performs a holiday concert in the gem-like St. Anne’s Chapel on the campus of San Joaquin Memorial High School on Dec. 10.

The non-auditioned Coro Solare begin weekly 2 p.m. rehearsals on Sept. 5 at College Community Church Mennonite Brethren, 2529 Willow Ave. in Clovis. Singers do not have to have a background in reading music. The Nov. 5 concert will include music by Haydn, Martini, and Fauré.

In addition to its regular concert season, Fresno Community Chorus Master Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Anna Hamre, has made numerous overseas tours and has performed twice at Carnegie Hall.

To set up an audition, please contact director Dr. Hamre by email at ahamre@csufresno.edu. Bring any short piece prepared (even a hymn tune), along with sheet music.