How to Audition

We encourage singers throughout the year to become members of our auditioned choirs Symphony Chorus, Chamber Singers and VOX (for those aged 18-30). The audition process provides us with an opportunity to meet you, hear your voice and assess your sight-reading skills.

Please click here for information about our non-auditioned choirs, Festival Chorus and ChorusOz.
To register for an Audition

  • APPLY & PAY ONLINE  (credit card only). Please note there is a non-refundable audition fee of $33.
  • Auditions are scheduled throughout the year.
  • We will contact you to arrange a suitable date and time to audition after you register.
  • EMAIL if you have any further questions.

What does the audition involve?

Auditions last about 15 minutes. You will need to prepare a solo piece such as a song (art-song or lieder) or an oratorio aria so that we can hear your voice. We will provide an accompanist. Generally, we will also want to hear you sing some scales and vocal exercises so that we can determine your vocal range. 
You will also be given some sight-reading material. We look for a good standard of sight-reading because of our busy and varied concert schedule.

I get really nervous before auditions. What should I do?

No one really likes auditioning! However, we want to make your audition experience is as pleasant as possible.
 Make sure your chosen song is well prepared and that you have spare photocopies of the music for the panel and accompanist.
 Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. 
Treat yourself to a quiet day before coming in to audition for us – if you are rushed for time it is difficult to focus properly.
 If you want a glass of water or a music stand, just ask!
 If you are sick on the day of your audition, it’s best to postpone so that you will be heard at your best.

Do I need to be having singing lessons?

All of our auditioned choristers are encouraged to have regular singing lessons. While not essential, we look for singers who have either had some vocal training or have regularly performed with a recognised choir or vocal ensemble.
 If you are unsure of whether you have sufficient experience, we can offer advice on whether you should audition, or point you in the direction of quality vocal training and one of our non-auditioned choirs.

What does it cost?

There is a $33.00 audition fee. 
If you are successful in your audition, you will be taken on as a trial chorister for six months. All music is provided. You will have to purchase your performance attire, which for men is a dinner suit and for women a specially designed top, pants and light jacket. The cost to attend rehearsals and performances such as car parking, refreshments etc will be at your own cost.

What happens after the audition?

We will write to you as soon as possible after the audition to let you know whether or not we are able to offer you a place in one of our choirs. If you are unsuccessful, we try to give you lots of constructive feedback and are happy to give you suggestions on how you can improve.

Read more about our choirs here

When and where do you perform?

Most of our concerts are held at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. 
Our annual season consists of about 6 concerts programmed between February and December.
 We regularly perform as the chorus to Sydney Symphony Orchestra in up to 6 programs per year. We tour occasionally both in Australia and overseas.

Do I have to sing in every concert?

Singing with Sydney Philharmonia auditioned choirs is a big commitment. However, we don’t expect our singers to sing in every single concert program. We ask that choristers commit to 80% of the year’s activities and that not more than one rehearsal is missed for each program.

When and where do you rehearse?

All of our auditioned choirs (Chamber Singers, Symphony Chorus, and Vox) usually rehearse in our Rehearsal Space, Pier 4 Walsh Bay, Hickson Road, Millers Point NSW 2000. 
The closest train station is Circular Quay and metered parking is available on Hickson Road.
 Rehearsals are generally once a week, and occasionally on weekends, with additional rehearsals in the week leading up to a concert. Depending on our rehearsal schedule and the size of the choir, other rehearsal venues may be used such as The Opera Centre, Surry Hills, churches and schools in and around the CBD.


Tudor Portraits

A rowdy romp through the Elizabethan era. With music inspired by a golden age of English art including works by Vaughan Williams, Tallis and Tomkins.

Thursday 24 August, 7:30pm
Sunday 27 August, 2pm
City Recital Hall
Tickets: $49-$109 plus applicable fees

Nordic Songs

As bracing as the arctic air and luminous as the aurora. Eminences such as Arvo Pärt have inspired younger generations of composers to create music of intense beauty.

Saturday 23 September, 8pm
Sunday 24 September, 12pm. Please note that this performance was previously listed as starting at 2pm
St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt
Tickets $30-$60 plus booking fees

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

400 singers perform Elgar’s monumental work under the stunning Sydney Opera House sails.

Thursday 19 October, 8pm
Saturday 21 October, 2pm
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Tickets: $49-$109 plus booking fees

Songs of Farewell

Choral music is an especially powerful vehicle for the music of remembrance, a collective singing on behalf of humankind

Saturday 11 November, 11am
Sunday 12 November, 2pm
Paddington Uniting Church
Tickets $60 plus booking fees

Handel Messiah

The most beloved choral work of all time. 500 passionate singers, acclaimed soloists and a full orchestra perform under the Sydney Opera House sails.

Thursday 14 December, 8pm
Friday 15 December, 8pm
Saturday 16 December, 1pm
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Tickets: $49-$109 plus booking fees

Women of Note

Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, in collaboration with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, present Women of Note, a performance showcasing new music by Australia’s finest female composers.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the new voices of Australian music.

Saturday 5 August, 7pm




Explore the music in a Discover workshop. You will be guided by skilled workshop leaders as you sing sections of the great choral works.


Next workshop: English Choral Music

Sunday 13 August, 10:00am- 12:00pm

Tickets $40 per person plus applicable fees



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