Dayton arts groups set auditions

DAYTON — Two Dayton arts organizations have announced upcoming auditions for performers.

Dayton Ballet

Dayton Ballet has announced auditions for children’s roles in its 2018 production of “The Nutcracker” will be Sept. 23 in its studios, 140 N. Main St., 4th Floor, Dayton.

The audition schedule will be as follows:

12:30 to 1:45 p.m.: Ages 11 to 12 (Potential roles: Party scene, rats, soldiers, Mother Ginger, Sugar Plum attendants).

2 to 3:30 p.m.: Ages 8 to 10 (Potential roles: Medium rats, soldiers, party children, Sugar Plum attendants).

3:45 to 5:15 p.m.: Ages 6 to 7 (Potential roles: Small rats, lambs, Sugar Plum attendants).

All dancers need to arrive one half-hour before listed time for registration. Dancers are required to bring a completed, printed audition form to the audition. Forms can be downloaded at

Audition forms will also be available on the day of the audition but must be completed prior to signing in. Children must be 6 by Sept. 23 in order to audition. No resume is required.

Audition attire for girls is solid-color leotard, pink tights and ballet shoes, with hair in a bun. Audition attire for boys is white T-shirt, black tights or leggings, socks and ballet shoes.

There will be a mandatory parents’ meeting for parents of accepted dancers only, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. All casting is final, and no changes can be made based on personal schedules.

For information, call 937-223-1542.

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Choir

Auditions for new members of the 2018-2019 choirs of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will be Oct. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. at Wright State University in the Creative Arts Center.

To schedule an audition time, contact Amy Vaubel at or 937-554-2986. Complete audition information, including free music score downloads, is available at Click on “auditions” in the middle of the page to find music and instructions for each specific voice part.

The choirs of the Dayton Philharmonic include the Orchestra Chorus, the Chamber Choir, and the Festival Chorus and comprise the choral performance ensembles of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Hank Dahlman, university professor of music and director of choral studies at Wright State University, has served as the Dayton Philharmonic choral director for 20 years. The mission of the choirs of the Dayton Philharmonic is to serve as part of the orchestra during the regular subscription season, performing choral-orchestral works.

“The Choirs of the Dayton Philharmonic provide an excellent experience for anyone who has a love of singing and has been looking to expand their musical knowledge,” said chorus member Michelle Jordan. “You have the thrill of performing on the stage of the Schuster Center with incredible musicians performing challenging works and to be a part of a true community chorus, representing the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance at performances throughout the year.” Long-standing chorus member Effie Sue Kemerley agreed.

“I have sung with Dayton Philharmonic choruses under every director, beginning with Paul Katz. What a continuing thrill it is to perform the great choral literature with an orchestra as professional as the DPO, under the baton of Maestro Neal Gittleman. The DPO Chorus quality has grown immensely under Hank Dahlman’s guidance, and now, with the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance, we have the opportunity to perform with Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet. Truly the best volunteer musical experience in town!”

The 2018-2019 Vistas Season of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra opens Sept. 15 with the DPAA Season Opening Spectacular Beethoven’s Ninth and runs through June 2019.