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Nina Gilbert

Dr. Nina Gilbert to join Choral Club as Interim Music Director

The Board of Directors of Choral Club of San Diego is very pleased to be able to welcome Dr. Nina Gilbert. Dr Gilbert will be joining CCSD for the spring season 2020 as Interim Music Director.

Nina GilbertDr. Gilbert’s background ranges from Kenya, where she translated Schubert’s Mass in G into Swahili as a Peace Corps Volunteer, to Carnegie Hall, where she served as associate director of the New York Choral Society.

Gilbert holds degrees from Stanford, Indiana, and Princeton Universities. She has taught at Hamilton, Ferrum, Wabash, and Lafayette Colleges, and University of California at Irvine, as well as summer sessions at the Hartt School (U. of Hartford, Connecticut) and Westminster Choir College (Rider University, New Jersey). She has about twenty-five choral arrangements and editions in print, and has served as Associate Editor of the Choral Journal

She has offered NPR commentaries, appeared on liberal and conservative talk radio as an expert on The Star-Spangled Banner, and lectured on the history and science of chocolate. Nina teaches piano and voice, directs musical theater, and works as a conductor,


Open Audition for the Club Singers — January 13, 6:30pm

WHAT: Open Audition for the 2019 Spring Season

WHEN: January 13th, 2019, 6:30pm

WHERE: Wesley Palms (Activity Room)
2404 Loring Street, San Diego

Seeking women who love to sing! Join us to meet other Choral Club singers, get the skinny on rehearsals, concerts and activities, and practice the fall season music. At least 10 outreach and public concerts will be performed from April through June, 2020.

Please try to arrive by 6:15 to complete the enrollment process before rehearsal starts at 7pm. Auditioning members will be informed of their results via email within the following week. If you cannot audition on this time and date, you may sign up to audition before the first rehearsal of the season, January 27, 2020 starting at 6pm. Space will be limited, and you must contact us to schedule an audition slot.

NOTE: This evening will start with auditions for the CLUB Singers, the large ensemble. Current and prospective Club Singers are then invited to stay afterwards for an open rehearsal by the Mink Pack as they prepare to open the second half of  their 2019-20 season. This will be a ‘reminder’ rehearsal, so a good show!

Any NEW candidates, please take a moment to send us some basic information using our simple Pre-Audition form. Returning members can skip this step.


1. To be successful in Choral Club of San Diego (“CCSD”), you should have some prior music experience either singing in a school, community or church chorus, or playing a musical instrument. Music sight-reading skills, while helpful, are not required.

2. You must be able to commit to the full rehearsal and performance season (Spring Season runs from late-January/early February through mid-May/early June, and Fall Season runs from mid- August through early-December). Rehearsals are held on Wednesday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. At the end of each season, there are 10-12 performances which will occur on evenings and weekends.

3. Your audition with the CCSD Music Director and Assistant Music Director will include the following:

a. Performance of 16 to 32 measures of one of the solo audition songs posted on the CCSD website. The website contains the lyrics and the accompaniment for each song. [Find prep tracks and lyrics on our Auditions page.
(Worth up to 20 points.)

b. A check of your vocal range, from high notes to low notes, to determine your vocal placement.

c. A test to see how accurately you can sing a note played for you on the piano. (Worth up to 10 points.)

d. A test to see how accurately you can sing back a short combination of notes and rhythms played on the piano. (Worth up to 10 points.)

e. Performance of 16 measures of a song with others in your same vocal range to see how well you can blend your voice with the group. (Worth up to 10 points.)

4. In order to maintain impartiality, no coaching or assistance with preparation for the audition can be provided by the CCSD Music Director, Assistant Music Director or other agent of CCSD.

You must score at least 35 points at the audition to be admitted to the CCSD chorus.