Citizens For A Better Norwood

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Cincinnati Show Choir holding auditions in Norwood

Yesterday, we spoke with Chester Imhausen, longtime music educator and director of the Cincinnati Show Choir, to find out more about their upcoming March auditions at Grace United Methodist Church on Slane Avenue. That’s when we learned this exciting news: Cincinnati Show Choir is actually based right here in Norwood, specifically at Grace Church! This is another one of those great things happening in our community that got by us…until now, finally.

While talking to Mr. Imhausen, we discovered the Cincinnati Show Choir was the multi-talented group that delighted everyone at the Norwood Historical Society’s Holiday Open House three years ago. They not only sang supremely, they also moved to the music with choreography that added just the right punch to their performance. Among their engagements this past Christmas season, they performed for the Norwood Business and Professional Women’s Club as well as in the Aronoff Center’s lobby prior to performances of The Nutcracker.

Mr. Imhausen told us the choir currently has 12 members. He hopes the auditions will add 8 more so that each singing part - soprano, alto, tenor, and bass - will have 5 members. The choreography can be taught, so people trying out don’t have to have a dance background. In fact, for the auditions, everyone will learn part of a song and a portion of the choreography, then try out together after some practice. Following the auditions, the choir will set to work perfecting their 2008 show, which will include music from the 1950’s and 1960’s, plus tunes like “Over the Rainbow,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” and “Ease on Down the Road” (from The Wiz). Rehearsals will be at Grace Church on Sunday’s at 7:00 p.m.

When: 6:30 pm on Sunday, March 2 and Sunday, March 9
Where: Grace Church, 2221 Slane Ave. Directions here.
Who: Singers who are high school graduates, ages 18 to approximately 35.
Contact: Call Chester Imhausen at 633-6411 to get on the audition list.