Johnstown Symphony Chorus

The Symphony Chorus

The Johnstown Symphony Chorus performs major choral works on JSO concerts as well as performing Chorus only programs throughout the year.  Adults and students from ninth grade and older are welcome to join.  Singers rehearse Monday evenings from September through May, learning techniques and languages to enhance their skills.  Jeffrey L. Webb is the director of the chorus.  

To learn more about joining the chorus, please call the JSO office (814) 535-6738.

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All returning and new chorus members are being asked to audition for Mr. Webb.  See the information below.


Welcome Jeffrey Webb, New Chorus Director!

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Jeffrey L. Webb, is thrilled to begin his tenure as the conductor of the Johnstown Symphony Chorus in the 2018-2019 season.  Since 2001, Mr. Webb has been Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Allegheny College and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Binghamton University.

At the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Mr. Webb has taught courses in Music Theory, Western Art Music, Critical Listening, Jazz and Popular Music, and conducts the Pitt-Johnstown Choirs. In addition to his work at Pitt-Johnstown, Mr. Webb was the Artistic Director of the Blair Concert Chorale (Altoona, PA), from 2004-2013.  Under his baton, the Blair Concert Chorale performed such works as Faure’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G and the Broadway musicals Sweeney Todd and Chess.  Mr. Webb is active as a composer, guest conductor and vocal clinician. He has guest conducted festival choirs in Pennsylvania, New York and New Zealand and presented his research on vocal health for both the Pennsylvania and Virginia Music Educators Associations.  Mr. Webb’s research has led to publications in both The Choral Journal and Music Educators Journal.

Mr. Webb is also active as a vocal soloist, accompanist and musical director.  His recent vocal performances include Camile Saint Saens’ Christmas Oratorio and Beadle Bamford in the musical Sweeney Todd.  Mr. Webb has served as musical director and accompanist for several musicals, recently including Ain’t Misbehavin, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors and My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra


JOHNSTOWN SYMPHONY CHORUS

AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions for the Johnstown Symphony Chorus will be held on the following days:

Returning Chorus Members

Thursday, Aug. 23 from 7-10pm

Friday, Aug. 24 from 7-10pm

Prospective Members

Monday, Aug. 27 from 7-10pm

 

Location

All auditions will take place in room 240 of Biddle Hall on the UPJ Campus

Audition Process

Previous singing experience, while preferred, is not a prerequisite for auditioning for the chorus.  Singers of all skill levels are encouraged to audition for the JSO Chorus.

The audition for the JSO Chorus is a short and painless process.  Singers will be asked to sing some scales to check for vocal range, sing a small piece of music (My County Tis of Thee, Happy Birthday or one the singer has brought), and singers will be asked to match pitches that the director will play at the keyboard.  Provided the singer can do all of the above, the director will then ask the singer to sight-read a few measures of music (reading music is NOT a prerequisite to getting into the chorus).    

Repertoire

The repertoire for the 2018-2019 season will include Handel’s Messiah and Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 “Ressurection”.

 Miscellaneous Information about the Chorus

The Johnstown Symphony Chorus performs major choral/orchestral works with the orchestra as well as performing independent programs throughout the year.  Adults and high school students (9th grade and older) are welcome to join the chorus.  Singers rehearse Monday evenings from September through May, learning techniques and languages to enhance their skills. 

 

For more information about the JSO Chorus and to set up an audition time, please contact director Jeff Webb via email at jwebb@johnstownsymphony.org
or contact the JSO office at (814) 535-6738.