When it comes to training vocal talent, Northeast Texas Choral Society Director Carol Allen is one of the best in the business. With years of experience to back her, Allen is hosting open auditions Saturday for anyone interested in becoming a part of the prestigious choral society. This year’s December production will be “Celtic Christmas.”
“We are looking for all voice parts,” said Allen. “Anyone interested in auditioning does not have to have an appointment, a prepared piece of music or an accompanyist.”
For the choral society, being able to read music is an advantage but not a requirement. Unlike other auditions, Allen wants to spend one-on-one time with each person auditioning in order to evaluate a person’s ability to match pitch and range. To her, a good set of ears is just as important as a finely tuned voice.
“We don’t want anyone to be nervous or afraid,” said Allen. “This is not a scary process. I will sing with each person.”
For Allen, the choral society is a family that she has been a part of since it began 18 seasons ago. Every season they perform a spring and Christmas show for the Hopkins County community.
“The choral society still fascinates me. When you sing in a choir, there is nothing that will scratch that itch like what we do,” said Allen. “Some people might come into a Monday night rehearsal bone-tired, but when they leave, they are at peace. People feel rejuvenated after rehearsals because they affect people physically and spiritually.”
As for the Celtic-themed Christmas performance, Allen has pulled out all the stops. The performance will run the second weekend of December at First United Methodist Church.
“It is going to be crazy awesome. We are going to bring in some Celtic instruments like the Bodhran drum. We will also have a fife and flute player as well,” said Allen. “During the finale, people might even hear a little bag piping.”
NETCS auditions will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m. till noon in the choir room at First United Methodist Church. No appointment is needed.