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Shirtz to conduct Symphony Chorale

Coming to the Firelands Symphony Orchestra in the 2017-18 concert season is the new Firelands Symphony Chorale led by conductor/director Michael Shirtz. The FSC will be an auditioned chorus of singers that serve as chorus-in-residence for the Firelands Symphony Orchestra and School of the Arts. Performing both Classical, Contemporary, and American Music programming, the FCS will provide influential educational programs for singers and choir directors. The Symphony Chorale will perform with the FSO throughout the season as well as present additional programming and choral festivals. The Symphony Chorale’s mission is to serve as a dedicated ensemble with a professional attitude and commitment toward good quality choral music.

Already planned for 2017-18 are three performances with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, starting with Opening Night on October 7 performing selections from Bach’s Cantata No. 80: Ein feste Berg ist unser Gott (celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation). The FSC will also perform with the full orchestra for our Holiday Spectacular on Dec 10, as well as, their closing concert on April 21, 2018. The FSC will also be participating in the Great Hymns of Faith Festival October 28-29 and present Brahms’ Requiem in March of 2018.

Auditions for membership into the FSC will take place at the Firelands Symphony Office & School for the Arts on Sunday, May 7 from 2pm to 6pm and on Monday, May 8 from 6pm to 9pm. If you’d like to receive information about upcoming auditions and be considered for the chorale, please email Laurie Korobkin, Executive Director, at For more concert information, refer to the Firelands Symphony Orchestra’s website at

What: Auditions for Singers for Firelands Symphony Chorale

When: Sunday, May 7 (2 – 6pm) and Monday, May 8 (6 – 9pm)

Where: Firelands Symphony Orchestra & School for the Arts, 334 E. Washington St., Sandusky, OH 44870

Who: Firelands Symphony Chorale To Schedule an Audition: Email

Audition Requirements: • Prepared solo, about two minutes in length, preferably an art son or aria that showcases your voice. • Vocal exercises provided by the director at auditions. • Sight-reading of a choral part. • Must be age 14 years or older to join the Symphony Chorale.

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