Looking for Labor Day Weekend plans? Now’s the time to dust off that instrument, warm-up your vocal cords and stretch that canvas! It’s audition season for many of Newton’s wonderful performing arts groups and they want you!

Or your friend, neighbor, colleague, delightfully artsy family member, etc.

In alphabetical order…


Highland Glee Club*

Auditions: Mondays, September 10, 17 and 24 at 7:15pm at First Baptist Church, Needham 

The Highland Glee Club (founded in 1908) is inviting male singers to open rehearsals on Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at 7:15 p.m. The chorus performs four-part male harmony concerts twice yearly and provides a yearly scholarship for an area student interested in a musical career. Enthusiasm and the ability to attend Monday evening practices are the primary skill set. Director David Tiedman creates programs from Baroque to Broadway and beyond. Contact Club President Dick Wulf at 781- 449-1541 for more information.



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Newton Choral Society*

Auditions: Tuesday, September 11 from 6-7pm at Eliot Church

Newton Choral Society is a community-based organization that takes music-making seriously, constantly striving to improve as an ensemble and achieve ever-higher levels of musicianship. NCS views focused, productive, fast-paced rehearsals as the means towards experiencing the full joy of learning and singing musically. The Society is a warm and welcoming community, whose social side takes place at breaks and home parties.

We look for new members with fine voices that blend, basic knowledge of and ability with vocal technique, good musical skills (including sight-reading), and devotion to the art of ensemble singing. A friendly, blending personality is also appreciated.

Please complete the NCS audition questionnaire and email to [email protected].  Please feel free to e-mail or call 617-364-3697 with any questions.

The audition is approximately 10 minutes in length and includes a short prepared piece, sight singing, pitch matching, intervals and scales.

Please contact us if you think NCS may be the right fit! More information here.


Newton Community Chorus

Auditions: Mondays, September 10, 17, 24 at Newton Country Day School from 7:30-9:15pm

Sing Out!

We, the Newton Community Chorus, are a warm and welcoming group of singers who are as ardent about improving our musical ability as we are about having fun doing it. We create an atmosphere of conviviality and acceptance that allows several generations of music lovers, with various levels of experience, to share the challenge of learning and performing classical choral works. Our many dedicated member volunteers make possible an ongoing commitment to professionalism and high-quality live performance. It is the capacity of this music to connect us to each other as well as to our community’s soul that inspires us to sing, making our joyful noise.

NCC holds auditions during the first 3 Monday night rehearsals in September at Newton Country Day School from 7:30-9:15pm. For more information, click here or e-mail [email protected]


Newton Country Players*

Auditions – TONIGHT! Thursday, August 30. Please email [email protected] for an audition appointment time. Auditions are at Trinity Church in Newton Centre.

Love Letters
By A.R. Gurney
Directed by Candy Gold | Produced by Elisabeth Peet and Julie Wiseman

Performance dates: October 18-21, 2012

Parts are available for men and women from 20-50; actors need to be able to play multiple ages.

Please prepare a monologue approx. 2 minutes long, preferably NOT from the show.There will possibly be cold readings from the script and a short interview.

The story: The piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.


Newton Open Studios* – Call for Artists

Newton Juried Art Fest: November 3 & 4

Big changes are coming to the NOS Juried show, to better serve Newton’s artists! Our intensive fall weekend show, which attracts over 1000 visitors, will now have 2 exciting juried sections. The new format will allow many more fine artists to participate in the fest.

All Newton artists may apply to one or both sections. The show takes place the weekend of November 3 & 4, and is a wonderful way for you to keep your work on the minds of Newton area art lovers during the holiday season.

This year’s Juror, Paula Tognarelli, director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, is looking forward to seeing submissions in ALL media. We invite a different juror each year, giving you the opportunity to have a new museum curator or gallerist see your work each time you apply.

Click for more information and application.


Zamir Chorale*

Auditions: Sunday, October 14 from 7-9:30pm at Hebrew College

The Zamir Chorale of Boston, “America’s foremost Jewish choral ensemble,” (American Record Guide) will hold auditions for all voice parts on Sunday, October 14, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre. Auditions are by appointment only and must be scheduled in advance by emailing [email protected].

Candidates must have excellent vocal quality, the ability to sight-read music, and previous choral experience. In addition to the audition, candidates are required to attend open rehearsals at Hebrew College on Tuesday, September 11, Sunday, September 23, Thursday, October 4, and Thursday, October 11, from 7:15 to 10:00 p.m. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays at Hebrew College, from 7:15 to 10:00 p.m., from September through early June.

For more information about Zamir and audition requirements, visit www.zamir.org




 *Newton Cultural Alliance Member

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