What can I expect during the audition?
Should I be nervous?
No. The audition is private and is non-competitive. It is designed to evaluate your voice, not whether you can out-sing anyone. There are many skill levels represented in each chorus. However, you will need basic musical ability to be a singing member. At a minimum, you will need to be able to match a pitch that is played on the piano as well as be able to repeat a basic rhythmic pattern. The Artistic staff will make that determination when meeting with you individually.
How big are the Choruses?
Chorus membership is not limited to any particular number. Currently there are approximately 360 singing members in Seattle Men's Chorus, approximately 250 singing members in Seattle Women's Chorus. This varies from concert to concert.
How will I know if I've been accepted as a singing member?
The Artistic Staff make their decisions at the conclusion of all scheduled auditions. The Company Manager contacts each auditionee by phone with the results of the Artistic Staff. If you are not yet ready to be a singing member, you will be asked to attend a future audition or be invited to participate as a Volunteer or an Associate.
What will happen after the audition?
New members will be asked to attend a New Member Orientation Meeting. This meeting will take about 90 minutes. It is designed to help you start getting acquainted with the chorus. You'll receive a copy of the Member Handbook, which contains lots of detailed information covered at the orientation. Seattle Women's Chorus new members will be assigned a "Sister In Song" (SIS); Seattle Men's Chorus new members will be assigned a "Chorus Buddy" who will help answer your questions during your first quarter. A SIS/Buddy is a seasoned member of the chorus who will provide you with preliminary information about schedules, rehearsal formats, and an overview of how the chorus operates.
What repertoire do the Choruses perform?
The Choruses are committed to performing a wide range of musical styles, from classical to popular.
How often are rehearsals?
Seattle Men's Chorus rehearses every Monday at from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Hildebrand Hall at Plymouth Congregational Church (downtown Seattle).
Seattle Women's Chorus rehearses every Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Fellowship Hall at Plymouth Congregational Church (downtown Seattle).