Greater Baton Rouge Children’s Chorus sets auditions

Wanted: Chorus members.

No experience needed.

Make an appointment with the Greater Baton Rouge Children’s Chorus, which has set auditions for Thursday at The Chapel, 9611 Siegen Lane.

“The only thing they have to prepare is either ‘My Country ’tis of Thee’ or ‘Amazing Grace,’” says director Jennifer Ellis. “Our audition is designed to determine musical aptitude and ability.”

To schedule an audition, call (225) 755-8057, email or visit

The children’s chorus was founded in 1997 and is known for its highly eclectic and artistic repertoire, as well as its collaboration with local performing artists and composers. The group will perform two concerts in its 2013-14 season and is open to performing with professional organizations in the community.

While the chorus is looking for girls and boys in the fourth through 12th grades, Ellis notes that only boys whose voices have not yet changed can join.

There is no fee to audition, and scholarships are available for qualified children selected for the ensemble.

“I really want to emphasize that this is an organization that wants to unite the kids in the community regardless of where they go to school or where they live,” Ellis says. “This is an excellent opportunity for kids that might not have this opportunity otherwise. It’s important to us that the Greater Baton Rouge Children’s Chorus to reflect the community.”

The chorus, which has performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Theater Baton Rouge and the Louisiana Sinfonietta, has 40 members and rehearses Thursdays at The Chapel.

Veteran members are not required to reaudition.

In addition to her Children’s Chorus duties, Ellis is chorus master for Opera Louisiane, a voice teacher, a certified music teacher and a performer.