Auditions

Capital Carillon is always looking for new ringers interested in becoming part of the organization. If you are interested in ringing with Capital Carillon, please contact us [TODO: Link to contact page] at any time to schedule an audition. There are opportunities to participate with the ensemble through our sub list, even if the primary roster is full or it is the middle of a season. Subbing is a great way to get to know the ensemble before joining as a full member.

Auditions for the choir are held annually. The entire ensemble is re-auditioned every year. The Artistic Director ultimately selects members for the primary roster from the pool of auditioning ringers.

Membership in Capital Carillon offers individuals the opportunity to explore their potential as musicians, increase their skills as handbell ringers, and contribute to the growth, development and recognition of Capital Carillon, one of the nation’s premier handbell ensembles. Capital Carillon appreciates the contributions of each individual member to the ensemble. Members are expected to help the organization pursue its mission as described in our mission statement [TODO: Link to mission statement]. Members are expected to follow the guidelines outlined in our organization’s by-laws, which will be provided upon a successful audition. The most important traits for a member to possess are: commitment, a positive attitude, and a musical aptitude.

If you are interested in auditioning for the ensemble, please contact us [TODO: Link to contact page] and provide the following information:

  • Contact details (email address, telephone)
  • Ringing and/or directing experience (how long, with who)
  • Competencies in handbell techniques
  • Position preferences
  • Other musical experience

The audition itself consists of four parts:

  1. 1. Written test: Measures knowledge, recognition and definitions of handbell terminology and notation as well as fundamental recognition of basic music theory structure in handbell literature.
  2. Group sight ringing of up to four handbell compositions.
  3. Individual skills test: Based on rhythm and coordination skills drills and exercises.
  4. One-on-one interview with the Artistic Director: Questions cover topics such as commitment, scheduling, interest and desire to be in the ensemble, and acceptance of membership, if selected.

The Artistic Director conducts the auditions. If you or someone you know is interested in auditioning, please email rkobus@capitalcarillon.org.


A special thank you to Twin City Bronze for the above content. Capital Carillon adopted this audition policy in order to maintain the high level of performance and professionalism its patrons expect. Thank you!


To check out Twin City Bronze, please visit www.handbells.org.