Yes, we are an auditioned chorus. After you have attended your second visit with us, you will be given sheet music and learning tracks for one song. After attending three more consecutive practices, you will be asked to record yourself singing at home, against the learning tracks provided. Don’t worry, good instructions will be given to you on how to do all this. The goal is to be able to memorize the song to the best of your ability, and to hold your part, to the best of your ability. Your recording will be then be evaluated and you will be given feedback.
How do you decide which part I will sing?
On your second evening with us, you will be “voice placed” by the director. You will be asked to sing some scales to determine your vocal range, or perhaps sing a song that you already know, like “Happy Birthday”. After discussing the qualities of your voice and your musical experience the director will recommend a part suited to your voice.
Do I have to read music?
No. About half of our singers read music. Most of us rely primarily on online music files or learning CDs to learn new pieces and when practicing on our own.
How much time will it take?
In addition to weekly rehearsals, throughout the year there will likely be two Saturday coaching sessions. We perform for local events at various times during the year as opportunity arises.
How are the dues spent?
Our dues cover the rental of our rehearsal venues, purchase of our music and further education for ourselves.
What is the best thing about being a chorus member?
In addition to becoming a better singer, you will learn performance skills, management skills (if down the road you choose to take a role on our management team) and you will make many new friends of all ages.