BREVARD COUNTY — Local singers have joined the ranks of a prestigious ensemble known for lifting up the spirits of its community, all with the power of their voices.
The Indialantic Chamber Singers (ICS) have had the privilege to sing before the community and travel at the invitation of the Washington National Cathedral.
As a close-knit group of musicians with 35 members, the ensemble is opening up its ranks to include new members to join in its 20th season.
Auditions are scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 5 and 6, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 106 N. Riverside Drive, Indialantic.
“I will be happy to audition any voice part, but I’m especially looking for very high voices at the moment,” said ICS Artistic Director Beth Green. “This is not usually a voice part that needs more singers, but Soprano 1 is the current need for our ensemble.”
Interested residents can call (321) 426-0360 or visit www.IndialanticChamberSingers.org and click on “Audition for the ICS” to schedule an audition.
A prepared piece is suggested, but not required for the auditions.
“I look for singers with excellent choral tone who can read music and blend well with others in the group,” Mrs. Green said. “Sometimes, we only have a few weeks to learn music for a concert, so I definitely need great sight-readers. We try to have six to 12 rehearsals before our main concerts, but some special events come up [that] do not allow as much lead time.”
The Indialantic Chamber Singers perform weekly from 7-9:30 p.m. on Mondays inside the Eastminster Presbyterian Church hall.
The choral ensemble perform works both accompanied and a cappella throughout the year, partnering with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra and Brevard Youth Chorus.
Mrs. Green added that the Indialantic Chamber Singers have already begun discussing collaborations with both groups for the coming season.
“I am so excited to celebrate this milestone with our wonderful singers,” she said. “We have the pleasure of working with other groups during the year and we look forward to a wonderful year of music-making with everyone.”
Mrs. Green was recently named as the permanent artistic director for the choral ensemble in 2018, and she has previously sung with the singers for a few seasons.
The Indialantic Chamber Singers was formed by David Vogeding in 1999, and it has since performed works from sacred, traditional and contemporary choral music.
Tony Spadafora, a baritone and long-time member, has sung with the group for 13 of its 20-year history. He leads the choral ensemble as its president.
“ICS stands out as a group because of our size and our sound,” Mrs. Green said. “We keep the group small intentionally and work toward excellent balance and blend among our singers.
“We record rehearsals at least once for every concert series, so we are able to hear and critique ourselves before performing for others,” she continued. “I send out notes with the recording, so singers know what to fix before performances.”
Upcoming performances will include October concerts at Advent Lutheran Church and Eastminster Presbyterian Church, and Christmas sing-alongs in December.
For more information, visit www.IndialanticChamberSingers.com.