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Welcome to Temple Hill Cultural Arts Auditions
These auditions are to identify new performers, technical and production staff, and others interested in being part of our many performances on Temple Hill.
Each year, the TH Cultural Arts Committee sponsors and produces 70 performances that include Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra concerts, oratorios such as Lamb of God and The Garden, Temple Hill Choir concerts, dance performances, and Days of Christmas performances.
Talent auditions and interviews for Tech or Production Team candidates are an opportunity for you to share your skills with us and all who attend Temple Hill events. Tech and production needs are listed below. A description of how to prepare is provided at the bottom of this page.
Please note that you do not have to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to participate in Temple Hill Cultural Arts events.
Opportunities for You
Tech and Production Team
We are blessed with one of the premiere performing arts facilities in the Bay Area and in the Church. The Oakland Temple Hill Auditorium seats 1,600 and features a 60-foot stage with full rigging, fly space, sound equipment, lighting, pipe organ, and theatrical seating. We want to make full use of this amazing facility. So, we need many people to help with each production. Most are volunteers, although there is also a need to fill a few paid roles for high technical and trained individuals. We need volunteers for producing, directing, set construction, set artist and painting, stage management, house management, lobby decorations, ushering, security, and even concessions management, rehearsal assistants, and urchin wranglers (children's choir directors and assistants).
The Temple Hill Symphony Orchestra has performed on Temple Hill for over 50 years. The conductor, Jay Trottier, is always looking for exceptional instrumentalists to fill vacancies occur. In addition, there are oratorios, musicals, choir concerts, and small ensemble and solo opportunities for capable instrumentalists. Needs vary from production to production, but generally there is always a need for string players, low winds and brass, seasoned trumpet and trombone players, percussionists, and keyboard players. There are also some opportunities for saxophone, harp, guitar, organ, flute, clarinet and oboe players. Every now and then there may be a need of even a banjo or a Jews harp.
Vocalists and Choir Members
Each year, the Temple Hill Choir performs concerts on Temple Hill and around the Bay Area. This year is special as it marks the Choir's 20th anniversary. We also perform at least one oratorio that requires a large choir and several soloists. This year we are performing two! The Garden will be performed Sep 28, 29 and 30. Lamb of God will be presented in April and features a 120-voice choir, 150-voice youth choir, and 13 soloists. Separate auditions for soloists for Lamb of God will be held in late January 2019. In addition, singers are needed for Days of Christmas events and for Scrooge! The Musical. See descriptions below.
Days of Christmas Soloists and Small Ensembles – vocal and instrumental
Each year at Christmas, the Oakland Temple Visitors’ Center hosts 50 performances. Concerts feature soloists and small ensembles in the Center Theater and in the front area surrounding the Christus. These 40-minute concerts are our musical Christmas gifts to the community and include vocal soloists, trios and quartets, string quartets, school and other youth choirs, handbells, storytellers and Gospel choirs. The Temple Hill Choir will also perform a night of concerts during Days of Christmas in this beautiful setting with the Christmas decor and the beautiful presence of the Oakland Temple.
There are two dance series that are performed each year by the Behold Dance Collective - also known as the Temple Hill Dance Company. It presents Behold the Gift at Christmas and Tapestry in the Spring. In addition, the dancers participate as featured dancers in other special events, such as this year’s performances of Scrooge! The Musical.
Scrooge! The Musical
It is exciting to present this fun family musical on Temple Hill. This production will return sometime after 2019.
The Audition & Interview - Come prepared with the following:
Production Team and Tech
Please bring a short resume of your experience in your areas of interest. List what groups, theaters, concerts, musicals, plays, or other events where you participated and include your responsibilities. Note that we are in special need of experienced producers, assistant directors, artists, set carpenters, special effects builders, social media management, house and lobby management, and marketing/advertising. For those wishing to be considered for one of the few paid tech positions on Temple Hill, please include a more thorough resume including volunteer and professional experience, college courses completed in theatrical technical areas of lighting, sound, rigging, production management, etc. Those with sufficient experience and availability will be referred to the Technical Management team.
Vocalists should come warmed up and prepared to sing a 2-minute selection that shows your range, diction, technique, tone, excellent pitch, and personality. Soloists interested in performing a solo concert at the Visitors’ Center for Days of Christmas should also bring a list of their probable repertoire for that concert and be prepared to sing one or more from the list.
Instrumentalists should be prepared to play a 2-minute selection that shows their technical ability, tone, and range. In addition, they should be prepared to play at least 2 octave scales as fast and clean as you can in any key.
Dancers will get specific directions from the dance coordinator. If you are a dancer, please provide us in advance with a short video of a performance piece showing your technique, flexibility, range, and rhythm. There are separate training and audition times that you may be invited to attend for Behold the Gift and other dance events.
Actors and Narrators should come prepared with a 2-minute scene or reading that shows their vocal range, diction, expression, characterization, and connection with an audience. Mimes, we don’t care about your diction and we will keep you in a special safe place, because of course, a mime is a terrible thing to waste. Just seeing if you were still reading!
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