How much personal time will it take?
In addition to weekly rehearsals, there are Chorus shows in March/April and December each year. We also participate in the Sweet Adelines regional competition in May, and subject to success in that contest, compete internationally in America once every two years. To ensure that we continue to be at the top of our game, we hold extended rehearsals including coaching sessions on a Saturday and/or Sunday in addition to ocassional extra evening rehearsals. These sessions amount to approximately five whole days per year. Add to this invitations to perform in our area, and potential invites to travel further afield, 5-6 times per year, you will appreciate that being a member of the Chorus requires a deal of committment and enthusiasm.
What is the financial commitment?
We pay Chorus, regional and international dues amounting to approximately £20 per calendar month. In addition travel, accommodation and registration costs are incurred for attendance at competitions (including international flights) and towards chorus costumes. To help subsidise the cost, the Chorus holds various fundraising events.
I don't read music - can I still join?
Yes. Many of our members do not read music - although sheet music is provided. Song learning is usually done from learning tracks on CD. Members are expected to listen to these and learn new songs in their own time.
Will I have to pass an audition?
Yes. This is in two parts Firstly, our director will listen to your voice to decide which voice part suits your vocal range the best. You will then be provided with learning tracks for two audition songs. You'll be expected to sing a small part of one of the songs accurately, without music, within two weeks. If this is completed successfully, you'll have a further six weeks to learn both audition songs in full and to sing them onto tape. One of our new member co-ordinators will then listen to your tape and when she is happy that you are singing both songs correctly, will pass you on your vocal audition. The second part of the audition is visual. Our choregrapher will assess you for your ability to perform consistently and to learn the moves that are a key part of every barbershop performance.
How long does it take to be a full member of the chorus?
The audition process takes up to eight weeks. After that you will be asked to pass evaluations for each of the other songs in the chorus repertoire before being able to perform them in public. The process typically takes between three and six months, but this will depend on your ability and amount of time you are able to commit to song learning.
May 21 2013
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