So, you're interested in joining Lux.
How exciting! We're always on the lookout for talented and passionate singers with a love of choral music. Lux does a lot of things differently than your typical choir might (besides the fact that our conductor sings!). We vote on our repertoire as a group, and are constantly working together to become more efficient, more musical, and to have more fun! We're looking for singers ready to hop on board and get involved with and interact with what we're doing together. If that sounds up your alley, then let's get started!
"What am I getting myself into?"
Lux is typically an intense commitment for a period of 2-3 months at a time. We run on a rotation of two seasons annually: one in the Winter (usually mid-December through mid-to-late January), and one in the Summer (usually mid-to-late May through mid-to-late July). These timeframes change from year to year based on our schools' schedules, as over 95% of our singers are still in school. We regret to say that these are not paid positions (not yet, at least — we're working on it). As is typical of this type of ensemble, you are expected to walk through the door with music learned, ready to begin polishing in rehearsal.
Due to the nature of Lux's membership, we do not audition on a regular basis, but rather, based on what slots we need to fill. "Then why," you ask, "am I about to apply?" We keep all of these applications, with their pre-screening videos, in a database. When we need to fill a slot for, say, a soprano, we'll go to the database and review our potential candidates. Once we've narrowed down our search, we will email you with details about scheduling an in-person audition. All this to say, it may be a while before you hear back from us. That doesn't mean we didn't like your pre-screening, though — it may be that we haven't had an opening for your voice just yet.
How to Apply
To send in your application, all you'll need to do is fill out this form. Easy as that! Before you get started, though, you'll need the following:
- Oddly enough, a Google account. This allows you to upload the files in the form. (Required)
- A video of you singing a classical solo piece that shows off your voice well. This can be accompanied or a cappella, though we ask that you not accompany yourself. (Required)
- A second video of another piece of a differing style. This, too, can be accompanied or a cappella, though we still ask that you not accompany yourself. (Optional)
- Your performing résumé in PDF form. (Optional)
- Your headshot. (Optional)
Firstly, let's get this out of the way: relax. We truly want to see you succeed as much as you do — maybe more! Now, let's move on to some more logistical things. Don't worry too much about video quality. By all means, if you want to use your Uncle's huge industrial video-camera and a fancy microphone on a boom, we're ecstatic to get such high quality, but we'd be perfectly happy with a recording from your phone, even. Here's a shortlist of tips:
- Set up your recording device far enough away that we get a sense of how your voice carries in the room.
- Ensure we can see you well in the video. We don't have to see every pore, but it'd be lovely to see what you look like when you perform!
- Most importantly, don't get discouraged if all of this scares you. Remember, we started as a bunch of high schoolers hanging out and making music. If your résumé only lists your high school choir as your choral experience, we'll understand.