Join the Chorus

The choruses are proud to be a leading voice for the LGBTQ community.

We represent a diverse group of singers: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, non-binary and straight allies. We are united in the pride we take in our singing. Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus 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 LGBTQ people throughout Washington State.

Because we have distinct TTBB* and SSAA* choruses, placement in a chorus is based solely on successfully passing the current musical audition standards for that particular ensemble and being placed by the Artistic Director according to the tessitura and blending quality of the voice.

If you’re interested in auditioning, we hope we’ll hear from you.

*(TTBB: Tenor, Bass, Baritone; SSAA: Soprano, Alto)

Important Information to Read Before Completing Audition Form Below

Is there an age requirement?

You must be 18 years or older by the date of the first rehearsal in order to sing with the chorus.

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 at the Seattle First Baptist Church.

In addition to weekly rehearsals, there are additional evening rehearsals and one (or more) Saturday rehearsal per performance cycle. Performance week singers are expected to attend tech rehearsal and dress rehearsals in addition to the regular rehearsals.

How much time am I committing to?

Rehearsals and performances are a major commitment of time and energy for each person. Additionally singers commit to reviewing and memorizing music outside of rehearsal, on their own. 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.

How big are the Choruses?

Chorus membership is not limited to any particular number.

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 performance cycle.
  • Retreat: We hold a weekend retreat out of town once a year, generally 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 SMC/SWC membership for inability to pay.

What are COVID-19 Protocols or Requirements? 

All singing members are required to show proof of full vaccination with at least one bivalent vaccination in the 12 months prior to the first rehearsal of each concert cycle in order to participate. Proof will be confirmed in person at the first rehearsals, medical records should not be emailed.
o To sing the December 2023 SMC cycle – having received a shot any time after September 2022 will qualify members
o To sing the February 2024 SWC cycle – having received a shot any time after September 2022 will qualify members

Masks are optional and at the discretion of individuals for both rehearsals and performances. Enhanced air purification systems are in place in rehearsal space and backstage at concert venues. 

Seattle Choruses follows CDC guidelines and community standards and we will continue to review our protocols, keep abreast of the latest trends in the pandemic and evolve our mitigation. 

What can I expect during the audition?

  • Each audition will be 5-10 minutes. You are asked to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled time to fill out a brief survey of rudimentary music skills.
  • Please prepare 32 bars of any song you love to sing. Show tunes, pop songs or arias…even happy birthday. Bring music so that we can accompany you.
  • Singers are expected to be able to read the music staff (treble or bass clef) appropriate for their voice type, to define basic music terminology, and to identify symbols which commonly appear in printed music. 

I identify as trans, gender non-conforming, or non-binary. How does this affect my placement? 

Because we have distinct TTBB* and SSAA* choruses, placement in a chorus is based solely on successfully passing the current musical audition standards for that particular ensemble and being placed by the Artistic Director according to the tessitura and blending quality of the voice.

(*TTBB: Tenor, Bass, Baritone SSAA: Soprano, Alto)

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 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. You will be contacted by a member representative by phone or email with the decision of the Artistic Staff. If you are not yet ready to be a singing member, you may 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 30 minutes. It is designed to help you start getting acquainted with the chorus.

How to Return After a Leave Of Absence

A member may take a leave of absence from the Choruses for one year.

This is 2 consecutive performance cycles for SWC and 3 consecutive performance cycles for SMC.

Members who do not return by the beginning of the third performance cycle (SWC) or 4th performance cycle (SMC) are changed to alumni status and are required to re-audition during the scheduled audition dates to return as a singing members.  

Returning members can notify our Membership and Rehearsal Manager and sign up using the audition forms above.

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2024-2025 SMC Auditions

Wednesday, September 4, 2024
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, September 7, 2024
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

2024-2025 SWC Auditions

Tuesday, September 17, 2024
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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