Audition Information

Join Us!

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble is looking for experienced singers to join a dynamic musical organization in its 23rd season.

The MCE rehearses regularly on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm to 10pm near Midtown Manhattan. Prospective singers must be able to commit to the rehearsal schedule. Please indicate voice part and prior choral singing experience when requesting an audition slot.

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble is a 40-voice, independent choir dedicated to engaging the community through passionate performance of choral masterworks and contemporary compositions. The MCE performs in historic New York spaces and creates concert events in partnership with the city’s cultural organizations. Winner of the 2016 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the MCE fosters the musical life of the city through its innovative commissioning project of New York City area composers, New Music for New York.

Our 2023 – 2024 season

Friday, December 8th and Sunday, December 10th
A Ukrainian Christmas
Savor the richness of Ukraine’s choral history featuring works by Berezovsky, Diletsky, Bortniansky, and Aleksiychuk. You’ll hear a variety of music appropriate to the season: large choral pieces and traditional carols. We will close with perennial favorite “Carol of the Bells” by Mykola Leontovych.

Saturday, February 24th
New Music For New York

Our annual emerging composer competition paired with choral favorites in the stunning DiMenna Center

Saturday, May 18th
The Victoria Requiem
Our season closer will be a Renaissance masterwork, the Officium Defunctorum of 1605 by Tomas Luis de Victoria

How to Audition

Auditions will consist of sight-reading, vocal exercises and an optional prepared piece. Singers will be expected to have sight-reading ability and recent choral experience. Please write to with “Auditions” in the subject line for more information, or to schedule an audition.

We suggest that you attend an open rehearsal before or after your audition. For more information about the choir, explore our website, connect with us on, and write to We look forward to singing with you!