Join Us!

The MCE is looking for experienced singers to join a dynamic musical organization for its 16th season.

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble is an exciting, 40-voice, independent choir dedicated to the passionate performance of an international and historically varied repertoire. In celebration of New York City’s rich and diverse heritage, the MCE performs in historic New York spaces and creates concert events in partnership with the city’s cultural organizations. The MCE also fosters the musical life of the city through its innovative commissioning project – New Music for New York – focused on New York City composers.

MCE’s 2015-16 Season

  • Friday, December 11 and Sunday, December 13, 2015 – Joyeux Noël! A French Christmas
  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 – New Music For New York Composer Competition Concert
  • Saturday, May 14, 2016 – Vivaldi’s Gloria coupled with a newly-commissioned piece

Audition dates are:

Thursday, September 3

  • 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. – Auditions by appointment

Thursday, September 10

  • 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. – Auditions by appointment
  • 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. – Open Rehearsal – All are welcome.
  • 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. – Auditions by appointment

The choir rehearses Thursday evenings, 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. in the West Midtown / Columbus Circle area.

How to Audition:

Auditions will consist of sight-reading, vocal exercises and an optional prepared piece. Singers will be expected to have some sight-reading ability, and prior choral experience is preferred. Please write to with “Auditions” in the subject line for more information or to schedule an audition.

IMPORTANT: Please indicate your voice part and prior choral singing experience when requesting an audition slot. The MCE rehearses regularly on Thursday nights from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Those auditioning must be able to commit to the rehearsal schedule.

We look forward to singing with you! For more information about the choir, explore our website, connect with us on or @ManhattanChoral on Twitter, and write to