Calling all Veteran and Active-Duty Military Who Love to Sing

Volunteer Military Chorus Audition Appointments Available in July for
The Falling And the Rising - A New American Opera

Conceived by Sgt. Ben Hilgert | Composed by Zachary Redler | Libretto by Jerre Dye

The Falling And the Rising is an exciting new American Opera that salutes the service and sacrifice of our military men and women. Written in 2018, this new show focuses on true soldiers' stories and follows 5 individuals on their journeys from service, to healing to home. 

Petite Opera invites ROTC, active-duty and veteran military personnel who love to sing to join the volunteer military chorus that appears in the final scene of the show. Call 847.553.4442 (option 2) or email us: Auditions @ petiteopera DOT org with your name, contact info and best time to reach you. We'll contact you to set an audition appointment.
Don't read music or have any musical or performing experience? No problem!
How Many Shows? Sing in 1 performance, or all 8. You decide. 
1 rehearsal in Park Ridge in September, 3 in late October 
Rehearsals and performances in Park Ridge

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Auditions for Spring 2020 Production

Selection for our Spring 2020 production has not yet finalized. A musical theatre piece is under consideration. Auditions will be held in late summer/early fall 2019.

Note: For the 2020 production, if you have submitted materials on or after May 2019, you need not submit again to be considered.

Email your materials to:
Please enter “AUDITIONS 2020” on the subject line.

Attach the following to your email (note:  PDF, DOC, RTF file formats accepted)
    • Resume
    • Your contact information (cell, text, email). Please advise the best way to reach you
    • Headshot, high-resolution (300 dpi or greater in JPEG format)
    • Performance references from directors, conductors, teachers/coaches 
    • Online performance links
    • Performance Reviews (optional)
Auditions are invitation only.
If selected to audition, you will be notified via email. 


Petite Opera Productions is a charitable nonprofit company that produces full-scale musical productions in various genres. All productions are presented in English and suitable for new patrons. The company specializes in updates and translations of classical works and topical works that immerse patrons and offer life-changing experiences.

The company casts complete performers—classically-trained vocalists who create deep characterizations and dance/move well—and volunteer chorus, orchestra and dancers from the community.  Each production runs for 6 or more performances in an intimate space. The company takes a cross-over approach to all genre performed. 

*Please note that Petite Opera does not provide housing, transportation, or transportation reimbursement for performers.  Performers must be local Chicago-area candidates or those that can provide their own housing and transportation (to the northwestern suburb of Park Ridge) for the rehearsal period, which occurs up to three days per week and is spread out over a 12-14 week period (due to venue access).