Got Questions?

Here are a number of questions we're frequently asked:

 

How much personal time will it take?

In addition to weekly rehearsals throughout the year, we put on one or two shows per year. We also participate in a Sweet Adelines regional competition in March or April each year, and have weekend retreats with special coaches to focus on preparing for competition. We tend to perform in and around our area about 2-4 times per year for local festivals, business events, charitable events, as well as participating in Christmas and arts festival events.  While we encourage our members to take part in all of these activities, obviously life's demands do not always allow that and we understand.

 

What is the cost?

Chorus dues are $30 per month for regular members. Youth members and Associate (non-performing) members pay $15 per month. Dues do not include the Annual Regional assessment (currently $30 for adults and $15 for Youth members) and the Annual Sweet Adelines International Per Capita Fee (currently $90 per year for adults and $45 for Youth members) that are charged separately. Indicental costs during the year include travel to conventions, overnight stays for occasional weekend events, stage makeup, costumes and accessories.

 

What is the procedure to become a member?

We ask prospective members to attend at least five out of eight consecutive rehearsals (three in a row), memorize two short pieces of music (printed music and learning media are provided), pass an audition.  The audition consists of singing the two audition pieces in a quartet for the director and their section leader.  It may seem like a scary proposition, but you won't find a more supportive group of people who want you to succeed!

 

Do I have to be a great singer?

All voices have different qualities, and each voice quality contributes something special to the sound of the ensemble. You don't need to have vocal training or even be able to read music.  We do look for singers who can accurately memorize notes and words, and who can hold their own part when singing near others who sing different parts. And we find that those who consider themselves lifelong learners have the easiest time adapting to the demands of singing barbershop.

 

How do I learn the songs?

We provide sheet music and learning media.  Could it get any easier?  With the learning media and the sheet music, those who aren't music readers have a chance of learning, and usually pick up a few things about reading music in the process!  Most people learn by using the sheet music and learning media at home (or by listening in the car Smile), and we do have section rehearsals occasionally, as well as helpful section leaders who can assist with the learning process. Not only that, but we have a monthly "Rising Stars" rehearsal where members can work on music and choreo in more intimate setting with an assistant director and other assistants, as well as other chorus members.

 

 

 

 
September 02, 2014

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