Here are a number of frequently-asked questions that we get:
Drop us a note with your contact information and we'll be in touch. Visitors are always welcome at our rehearsals... we look forward to meeting you!
We rehearse weekly and sometimes have additional rehearsals before a show or competition.
No! We believe we can teach nearly anyone to be a solid singer. If you can carry a tune, are willing to learn and have a desire to perform, you have everything you need to be a singer. Come to a rehearsal and find out!
Some members can sight-read; most can not. The chorus provides members with all kinds of learning tools for new music and existing repertoire. When you visit, you'll get sheet music and a CD that you can use to learn your part. Since we are primarily an educational organization, you'll have tremendous resources at your disposal through the musical leadership at chorus. We'll teach you as much or as little as you like!
After visiting the chorus for about 4 rehearsals, we request that you focus on one song for audition. Then, you'll sing with our section leaders in a quartet to show that you've learned your part and that you can sing harmony. We'll teach you the rest!
We produce an annual show in the fall and we participate in an a cappella regional competition in the spring each year. There's usually a really fun weekend retreat (away from town) to hone our singing and harmony skills. We tend to perform in and around our area about a dozen times a year for local festivals, business events, charitable events, and in seasonal holiday and arts festivals.
It's incredibly fun - and challenging! It feeds you with energy, helps you stay in touch with left and right sides of your braind and gain new skills - the whole time. And there's evidence it's good for your health:
"People who sing are healthier than people who don’t. Singing gives the lungs a workout, tones abdominal and intercostal muscles and the diaphragm, and stimulates circulation. It makes us breathe more deeply than many forms of strenuous exercise, so we take in more oxygen, improve aerobic capacity and experience a release of muscle tension as well. "
— Professor Graham Welch, Director of Educational Research, University of Surrey, Roehampton, UK