Semi-professional vocal ensemble to hold auditions
Bossier City - Shreveport-Bossier’s first semi-professional chorus, the Prísma Vocal Ensemble, will be holding auditions from at Asbury United Methodist Church located at 3200 Airline Drive in Bossier City. Auditionees are asked to bring a solo piece of their choosing. An accompanist will be provided. Auditions will also include basic vocalization, group sight-reading, and assessment of vocal blend. The Prísma Vocal Ensemble is coming off a busy fall semester finishing with a concert that featured the group, boasting over 900 in attendance.
The spring semester will see Prísma collaborating with the Robinson Film Center, providing live music for a screening of the silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc”. This concert will take place at the Robinson Film Center and will be a meaningful way to begin the season of Lent. In April, Prísma will be working with the Shreveport Opera as the core of the chorus for the Opera’s production of Puccini’s beloved masterpiece, “Turandot.”
The Prísma Vocal Ensemble is founded by Adam Philley, conductor, and Costas Dafnis, composer-in-residence. Philley has recently returned to Shreveport after attaining his Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the advisement of Dr. Peter Eklund and Dr. Therees Hibbard. Costas Dafnis is a rising composition star in the choral world receiving commissions and winning competitions across the globe. His compositions can be found published through both Walton Music and Noisi Paintr. These two have a strong Shreveport connection as they are both alumna of Centenary College, having studied under Dr. Julia Thorn.
“We are both very excited to collaborate with two of the most upstanding arts organizations in our area,” said Philley. “These opportunities truly enrich our region as we boast not only a professional opera company and independent film center but can now claim a professional vocal ensemble as well.” “Choral singing has a rich history in our area and it's time we build upward on that foundation, harnessing the power this genre has to move and touch people. We’re passionate about presenting a deep level of musical experience to both singers and audiences in the Ark-La-Tex.”
For more information:
Adam Philley, 318-421-0555