Singers, apply now for chorus auditions with the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Chorus.  Chorus auditions will be held during August and September of 2018.  Auditions are open to professional, amateur, and retired male and female singers.  Download an application here.

Location for August 22 and 29 and September 5 auditions:  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 840 Soldier Hill Road in Emerson, New Jersey

Contact Chorus Coordinator Mary Ellen Rohon at to confirm the location of the audition on September 8.

Chorus Auditions: Requirements

Male singers, representing all vocal ranges and ages, are especially needed. Adult applicants require a rudimentary working ability to read music and experience singing. Previous stage experience and foreign language study are desirable, but are not a necessity. Teenagers, ages 17 to 19, who have some vocal experience singing may also apply.  Prior experience includes performing with a school, choir, or another performing group or organization.

The audition consists of singing five note scales. In particular, the audition process assesses and determines each singer’s range and vocal category. Also, applicants may bring a short song to perform at the audition.  In addition, vocalists submit a completed application  to Chorus Coordinator Mary Ellen Rohon.  Singers invited to join the chorus pay a nominal fee of $60 to cover costs for the production’s musical score, costumes, and related expenses.

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera holds chorus auditions.

The New Jersey Association of Verismo holds auditions for singers to perform with the Verismo Opera Chorus in the company’s production of Norma.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, call (201) 886-0561 or contact

Perform in Norma

This fall, the Verismo Opera Chorus performs in the company’s return to the stage of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma led by Chorus Director Michael Wittenburg.  On October 28, 2018, the opera begins at 3 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center, (bergenPAC) located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.

Preparation includes instruction in the pronunciation of the text in Italian, vocal warm-ups, learning the music and detailed staging. Notably, the Verismo Opera Chorus sings in Italian and performs live at the theatre.  Furthermore, the cast performs in costume under the direction of Stage Director Evelyn La Quaif in a fully staged production. Principal Conductor/Music Director Lucy Arner leads the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Orchestra.