Frequently Asked Questions

 

How much personal time will it take?

In addition to weekly rehearsals throughout the year, we present an Annual Show in the fall, usually involving one or two extra rehearsals.  We participate in Division competition in the spring of each year, and in the District competition each fall.  We perform in our community eight to ten times each year for local festivals, business and charitable events, and senior citizen groups, and do numerous caroling performances throughout the holiday season.

 

What is the audition procedure?

Because barbershop requires a good tuning ear, a pleasant voice and the ability to sing independently, we ask the applicant to sing his part accurately in a quartet, on a simple song of his choice.  We also evaluate the applicant's ability to sing with both vocal and facial expression. Finally, because barbershop is an ensemble style, we evaluate the applicant's ability to blend his voice with those of the other singers.  Applicants are given whatever help they need in preparing for the audition, which they initiate when they're ready.

 

Do I have to be a great singer?

No.  Few of our members can be described as having great voices.  But we ask each singer to develop his vocal production and ensemble skills to their maximum potential, continuing to learn and apply good singing technique and choral performance practice.  Each singer is expected to work toward making the greatest possible contribution to the chorus sound.

 

How do I learn the songs?

Many of our singers say that they can't read music, though that ability increases as they gain experience with barbershop harmonies.  When a new song is introduced, members receive both good quality sheet music, and recordings with their part emphasized.  The amount of rehearsal time devoted to teaching words and notes varies with the difficulty of the piece, but generally we expect members to learn on their own as much as possible, so that we can use rehearsal time for polishing and perfecting.  New members are encouraged to pick up our repertoire a song at a time, using the learning track recordings and gaining familiarity "in context" as the chorus reviews and performs the song.

 

What is the cost?

In addition to the time spent at rehearsals, in performance and in learning the music, members pay an annual Membership Fee.  Please meet with our VP of Chapter Development (Membership) the next time you are at a rehearsal to discuss the current rates.

 

 

 

 
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