The critically-acclaimed Fairfield County Chorale has announced open auditions for new Chorale members will be held three times in August -- Thursday, Aug. 25, and Friday, Aug. 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Ave, Norwalk, in the Mary McCarthy Room; and Saturday, Aug. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at St Paul's Episcopal Church, Fairfield.

Singers must be over 16 years of age, and be able to follow or read choral music and to blend in with a vocal group. The chorale rehearses on Monday nights and performs concerts in December, March, and May. Those interested in auditioning should contact the FCC office at 203-254-1333 or info@fairfieldcountychorale.org.

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The chorale's season features three renowned guest conductors, Christine Howlett, David Rosenmeyer and Eugene Sirotkine, who are finalists for the music director position at the Chorale, conducting works by Beethoven, Schumann, Cherubini, Haydn, Cabannis and CPE Bach.

"The chorale welcomes singers who are committed, as we are, to performing great symphonic works to high choral standards," Holly Wolff, chorale president, said. "This will be an exciting season for a singer -- the ability to sing under and learn from three tremendous conductors."

This is the 49th season for the Fairfield County Chorale. FCC was named "2011 Artist of the Year" by Fairfield Arts Council, with a special concert ceremony to be held on Oct. 15 at First Church Congregational in Fairfield. FCC's long-time music director, Johannes Somary, died earlier this year. This will be the first complete season without Somary as the music director. FCC announced a worldwide conductor search in February 2011. This season's guest conductors have been named finalists in the search. Visit www.fairfieldcountychorale.org.

The group consists of over 100 auditioned singers, representing a broad range of ages and music backgrounds, from Fairfield County and surrounding areas. The repertoire ranges from the great classics to commissioned works and world premieres. The chorale has performed at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Its season consists of three concerts performed at the Norwalk Concert Hall, each with a professional orchestra and soloists. The group has also appeared at the Connecticut Early Music Festival and the Waterloo Festival, in addition to many festivals and concerts in Europe and Russia.

Last season the chorale performed the US premiere of a recently-published edition of Mendelssohn's Elijah. In addition, the group was named "Artist of the Year" by the Fairfield Arts Center, an award which will be presented on Oct. 15 at First Church Congregational, Fairfield.

For more information, call 203-254-1333 or visit www.fairfieldcountychorale.org.