How often does Greeley Harmonix rehearse?
We rehearse year round except 1) major holidays that fall on a Monday, and 2) after our annual Christmas concert and the first rehearsal in January of the new year (usually three rehearsals)..
What are the attendance requirements?
You are encouraged to attend all regular rehearsals. However, these are the only attendance requirements:
1) eight rehearsals before a major performance (listed below)
2) any scheduled Saturday rehearsal with a coach
3) dress rehearsals.
If you are unable to attend any of these required rehearsals it will be at the discretion of the music director whether or not you will be eligible to perform with the chorus for a major performance. You are responsible for discussing your eligibility with the music director.
We understand family or other personal commitments may preclude you from attending a regular rehearsal from time-to-time. As a courtesy, we ask that you let your section leader know if you are going to miss a rehearsal (we don't need to know why!).
As a reminder - please don't come to rehearsal if you're sick!
How do I audition?
It's very simple. Attend a least three rehearsals. Learn one repertoire song off-paper (memorized). Inform the music director or the membership chair to schedule your audition. After rehearsal, you will sing your song with four other parts in one of the side rooms. The music director will listen to the audition and you will be notified the following day if you passed. If you did not pass you may audition a second time. The music director will give you things to improve and set up another audition (same process) within two weeks.
What is required to pass an audition?
You must be able to memorize music, and sing accurately, independently, in-tune, and in a manner that blends with other singers.
Do I have to be able to read music?
Reading music is helpful but not a requirement. We conduct Monday night section rehearsals when a song is first introduced and we provide learning tracks to help our singers get their music memorized accurately and quickly. You may also record rehearsals.
Music charts and audio learning files may be downloaded from our members-only website.
How much time will it take to be a member of Greeley Harmonix? PERSONAL COMMITMENT
Rehearsals are for ensemble work. Singers are expected to practice outside of rehearsal and get "off paper" as quickly as possible. Having your music off paper in three to four weeks is a reasonable expectation for most songs. To help you learn music, we have audio learning tracks and you are allowed to record weekly rehearsals.
Consistency is the key to success! Set up your own personal practice schedule and stick to it.
With rehearsals, personal practice and learning tracks you will be successful learning our repertoire.
These three major performances have rehearsal attendance requirements:
1. Sparkle! Christmas Concert and Silent Auction. Held the second Saturday in December, this is our primary - and largest - fundraiser. Participation is expected.
2. Sweet Adelines Regional Competition and Convention. Held annually each spring, this event involves a Friday and Saturday night stay at a predetermined location in our region. Greeley Harmonix works toward this event almost year-long and we look forward to attending this music-filled weekend with other Sweet Adelines who love singing as much as we do! Participation is expected.
3. Fall Concert. Scheduled in September or October. Participation is expected.
Community Performances. Singing for Greeley and our surrounding communities is one of the best reasons to join Greeley Harmonix! Community performances occur any time during the year and are scheduled depending on availability of voices. There aren't rehearsal attendance requirements for community performances - but of course you do need to know the repertoire!
What does it cost to be a member of Greeley Harmonix and Sweet Adelines?
After successfully completing the audition you are eligible for membership. The initial dues for both Sweet Adelines International and Rocky Mountain Region 8 (our region) will be $230.
Don't let the initial cost keep you from joining! We work with our singers and, if needed, have developed payment programs to reduce the impact of this lump sum amount.
After this initial lump sum, International and Regional dues are escrowed each month for the following year and are included in the monthly dues of around $43. The remainder that is not escrowed for International and Regional dues helps pay for rehearsal space rental, chorus costumes, music purchases, coaching, the music director's stipend and other fixed expenses.
If you are 25 years old or younger International and Regional dues are reduced.
Talk to our Administrative Director for more details on any aspect of the financial commitment.
ALL of our music is copyright protected and we purchase it legally through authorized vendors. The cost of legal music copies is included in your dues. Each member is eligible to download one copy of music only. Making unauthorized copies and/or sharing chorus music with others is prohibited by law. Don't do it!
As mentioned above, you are encouraged to record rehearsals so you have another practice tool available during the week. Most smartphones have an internal recorder or you can download a smartphone recorder app for little or no cost. This is for your personal use only. Do not post your recordings on social media because that could be an infringement of copyright laws.