Yale Russian Chorus Rush 2018


We're so excited that you're interested in joining North America's oldest Slavic choir in our 65th year!

Since our founding in the midst of the Cold War, we've fostered cross-cultural understanding by sharing a beautiful and unique musical tradition with audiences across the world. We've performed for presidents and priests, scholars and schoolchildren - not to mention, creating countless memories and forging lifelong friendships along the way.

We in the Yale Russian Chorus sincerely hope you'll join us and become a part of something that's about more than just music. Read on to find out how!

Yours truly,

YRC Rush Managers 2018

Who should audition?

We welcome all undergraduate and graduate students at Yale to audition, regardless of gender identity, as long as you are comfortable singing music written for a tenor-bass ensemble! No Russian language experience required, whatsoever.

Rush Managers

We are happy to answer any questions you may have about rush, Yale in general, or the meaning of the universe.

Raymond Gao


Michael Chang


Zach Black


Josh Purtell


Timeline of Events

Russian Back on Campus

The first concert of the 2018-2019 season, your chance to see us live, and recommended by 10/10 choristers as the highlight of Shopping Period!

Audition sign-ups will open immediately after the concert. If you can't make it, don't worry! Just email Raymond at raymond.gao@yale.edu to sign up.

Saturday, September 1
7-8 PM
Sudler Recital Hall, WLH 201


This is your time to shine! We will be holding auditions throughout rush. Please make sure you are available on the day you sign up.

September 2 - 16
Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Room 205

Tap Night

This is the special night you join the YRC family!

Wait and see!

Audition Process

Auditioning for the YRC is simple and straightforward! First, we'll all do some warm-up exercises as a group so your voice is all set for some sweet notes. Then, we’ll see how you do on a couple of basic musicality exercises.

Next, we'll teach you a short line from a song in our repertoire, and see how you sound in a quartet with three members of the YRC.

The final and most exciting part of your audition will be your solo. Choose a thirty-second to one-minute section of any song that you're comfortable singing. This may be the most nerve-inducing part of the process, but seriously, don't stress! We just want to hear you show off your beautiful voice!

We'll let you know within a week of your audition whether we would like to see you again in a callback!