We don't have any openings currently, but we're always happy to hear voices for our waiting list. If you'd like to audition, contact Dina at
dinatrageser(at)gmail.com for an audition slot. In your message, please mention your previous singing and choral experience, as well as any musical training.
Who we're looking for
Previous and recent choral singing experience in any genre is highly recommended. All Dunava singers pass a two-part audition process in which they
demonstrate the following:
Wide vocal range, including head and chest voice
Ability to sing in tune, and in straight and odd meters
Ability to carry a part independently and blend in with other singers
What are Balkan folk songs like?
That’s too big of a question to answer quickly. If you’ve never heard the Bulgarian women’s choirs, Croatian
Klapa, Greek polyphonic songs, Albanian wedding music — well, we encourage you to find all those things on YouTube. A good place to start is our YouTube channel, so you can get an idea of what we do!
When and where do you rehearse?
Our regular rehearsals are Wednesday evenings between 7 and 9:30 p.m., usually in the living room
of one of our members in Seattle or at a community center. Pandemic update: If the weather allows we'll sing outside! And in the colder months we'll rent a space that allows for good
ventilation and distancing.
Do you memorize all your songs?
Yes, we strive to have all songs memorized when we perform. But we realize it can be challenging
and takes time, so we usually allow for plenty of memorization time before concerts.
Will I perform right away?
Yes and no. Usually there is a “ramp up” period, where you will learn the repertoire. If there
are performances in that time, you would only perform the songs that you have fully prepared. Depending on your dedication and energy, that could be a couple songs — or
How often do you perform?
It varies. Spring and Fall tend to be busier for us, but on average
we’ll have one “gig” a month. We’ll do full concerts once or twice a year, and shorter sets at festivals or smaller venues. We also hold workshops
about once a year, and do showcases at local libraries.
What is the audition process?
First you meet with Dina, the director. She'll check your range, do some vocal exercises with you,
and teach you a song or two. If all goes well, you'll then come to a rehearsal with the full choir to sing those songs together.
What should I sing for my audition?
Any song you like — it doesn’t have to be Balkan. We want to hear your tone, range, and general
technique. Sing something you love, in any genre!
What's your minimum age?
We’ve never had anyone younger than 22, but would take anyone with a driver’s license, a flexible
schedule, and the willingness and ability to commit to all rehearsals and gigs.
Do you have a Covid policy for singers?
Any other questions?
Contact Dina at dinatrageser(at)gmail.com.
We look forward to hearing you!