Seattle Men's Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC) have a long and proud history in Seattle, across the nation and within our own LGBTQ and allied community. When you join SMC or SWC, you become a part of an institution which is dedicated to musical excellence and PRIDE. We work VERY hard. Through this hard work we provide our members and the community with a source of personal and community pride resulting in a positive impact on LGBTQA people throughout Washington State.
When do you rehearse?
SMC Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
SWC Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
All rehearsals are held downtown Seattle.
In addition to weekly rehearsals, the artistic director may schedule one extra evening rehearsal and one (or more) Saturday rehearsal per quarter. The week of a concert you are expected to attend tech rehearsal and dress rehearsals in addition to the regular rehearsals for that week.
How much time am I committing to?
Rehearsals and performances are a major commitment of time and energy for each person, plus the time you commit to on your own reviewing and memorizing music. We need to know that all our members are able to make the commitment to maintain and improve our artistic and organizational standards. There are also opportunities to volunteer time at fundraising events, on various organizational committees, etc. Becoming a member does not mean you have to sing in every concert of the season. Members are able to go on leave when needed.
What repertoire do the Choruses perform?
The Choruses are committed to performing a wide range of musical styles, from classical to popular.
What are my financial obligations?
Member Dues - once a quarter $75 ($25 for those who need assistance or the option to waive if needed)
Chorus Attire - All performing members are required to provide their own performance attire. For SMC this is a standard tuxedo. For SWC this is a custom costume that is ordered the first month of each quarter.
Retreat - We hold a weekend retreat out of town once a year in Nov for SMC and Jan/Feb for SWC. The weekend consists of 4 rehearsals and a lot of time to socialize! The cost can range from $25-$350 (includes lodging and some meals).
Financial assistance is available through our Member Assistance Program.
No one will be turned away from our chorus family for inability to pay.
Both Choruses audition twice a year. SMC is August and Dec. SWC is April and October.
Our next round of auditions will be held Monday, April 9 from 6:30pm-9:30pm
Our next round of auditions will be held Tuesday, April 17 2018 6:30pm-9:30pm
The dates of auditions are firm due to the availability of the artistic team. Alternative dates are not possible. Thank you for understanding.