HOW DO I JOIN?
Great singers and great people are always welcome!
Our auditions are by appointment, and usually take place at Shoreline Community College in Shoreline. Please contact us for an audition!
Our next exciting season starts January 9th and will look a little different! With the necessary flexibility required by the pandemic, the Board of Directors and Artistic Director have designed a wonderful 'modular' season. Continue reading for more information!
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I am excited to get rolling on this winter/spring hybrid season. With the craziness of our lives starting the new school year, teachers and all members needed to take time to relearn how to go back to school and work. Starting a new season during the first months of school seemed a daunting task and after a lot of deliberation, we decided to postpone the season. After a few months back at work, however, and the hope and promise of a fresh new year, I hope we will all feel a little more rejuvenated, settled in, and interested in joining what will prove to be an exciting season!
We will be starting our new season fresh on January 9th with a completion date on April 10th. This season, though, took some creativity, planning, and much deliberation by myself and the board to figure out how to not only execute but succeed in a meaningful and growth centered way. I am so excited to move forward with a creative model for the season and also feature our Sopranos and Altos in a concert of Holst's Planets with the Lake Union Civic Orchestra on February 12th! Don't fret! The commitment and challenge isn't too much, while still being an exciting outreach and collaboration!
On the top of our mind is creating a season with strong Covid protocols, and a design that will make sure that we have the utmost flexibility, should a member get sick and need to stay home, without sacrificing the overall quality or experience. With this in mind, here is what the exciting season will look like:
The season will be split into 4 modules, each 3 weeks long and focusing on only 3 pieces within each module for a total of around 12 pieces
Membership will contract for 1-4 modules, picking that which work well for their schedule
Music will be chosen for the most flexibility, should members in a section need to sit out for a couple weeks, the overall sound will be less affected, and should the ensemble be smaller in size, still executable
Every third week, at the end of the module, 1-2 pieces that are strongest in the set will be live recorded to share with friends and family - giving us a performance goal, without bringing in an audience
Vaccinations, distance, and masking will be mandatory
Some pieces or sections of pieces will be chosen as well to build skills in different styles, with no intention of performance within the season. A great way to brush up on skills without the stress of getting it perfect... yet! I would love to program some of this music in the future
This type of season will also allow for some time to brush up on sight reading skills and musicianship.
Rehearsals will be Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:30 at 7400 Woodlawn. Please note we scheduled around 3 day weekends for more flexibility :)
Overall, this seasons' focus, although quite a different experience from previous seasons, will bring much value to the rehearsal process and be no-less musically demanding. I sure hope you will join us!
Rehearsal Dates: Sunday evenings 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Location: 7400 Woodlawn Ave
Session 1: Jan 9, 23, *30;
Session 2: Feb 6, 13, *27;
Session 3: Mar 6, 13, *20;
Session 4: Mar 27, April 3, *10.
* Recordings will always take place on the third rehearsal of each session.
Membership dues are $50 for 1 session, $70 for 2 sessions, $90 for 3 sessions, and $100 for 4 sessions.
WHAT VOICE PARTS ARE OPEN FOR AUDITIONS?
We are always holding auditions for all voice parts, positions open for each concert! If we don't have room for one concert, definitely check back for the next.
WHAT LEVEL OF CHORAL TRAINING DO I NEED?
Choir members should have music reading skills and past experience as a singer or instrumentalist, as well as familiarity with singing in foreign languages. Choir members come from all walks of life. Many choir members are music educators or other professionally trained musicians, though the general membership's background is more diverse and includes graphic designers, veterinarians, lawyers, students, and other non-music professionals.
WHAT ARE THE AUDITION REQUIREMENTS?
At your audition, you'll be asked to vocalize, sing major and chromatic scales, various ear training and pitch memory exercises by ear. Additionally, we ask that you prepare one short solo piece of your choosing in advance to sing at your audition, in any language. This could be an art song, aria, hymn, or folk song – essentially, we want to hear your vocal quality and musicianship. This will be entirely a cappella with no accompanist and should range from 1-2 minutes; no repeats.
You don't need to sing from memory at the audition.
WILL THERE BE AN ACCOMPANIST AT THE AUDITIONS?
No, all auditions will be performed a cappella.
WHO WILL HEAR MY AUDITION?
Artistic Director and Conductor Evan Norberg hears all auditions. Occasionally, members of the board or ensemble will be present to listen. Evan will be happy to be there to greet you when you arrive and to answer any questions you may have about the choir.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN AUDITION?
To sign up for an audition or to receive more information about member responsibilities and the full season rehearsal schedule, please contact us!
WHERE ARE AUDITIONS HELD?
Auditions are often held at Shoreline Community College (16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA 98133).
WHEN AND WHERE DO YOU REHEARSE?
Summer, the choir rehearses on Monday and Tuesday evenings, 7:00–9:00 pm, often at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103) or 7400 Woodlawn Ave depending on availability.
During the school year, the choir rehearses on Sunday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm, at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103) or 7400 Woodlawn Ave depending on availability.
WHAT ARE THE DUES REQUIREMENTS?
Normal season dues are $85 per concert series. There are also ticket sales and minor reception requirements for after concerts, and scholarship options and volunteer opportunities are available.
For our current modular season from January 9th-April 10th, 2022 we will be doing a pay by the module: $50 for 1 session, $70 for 2 sessions, $90 for 3 sessions, and $100 for 4 sessions.
WHAT ARE THE PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS?
This session, from January 9th - April 10th 2022, we will be performing altogether in person for recording sessions on every 3rd rehearsal, with no audience.
In normal seasons, the choir will perform three concert series. One in August, another in December, and finally a spring concert. Please visit our Gigs page for more information on dates of performances.
HOW MANY SINGERS MAKE UP THE CHOIR?
The full choir, is about 40 singers of balanced sections.