How do I audition?
It's very simple. You begin attending rehearsals. You learn one song that will be provided to you. When you can sing that song without the music (i.e. memorized) you inform the music director or the membership chair. You then stay a little later after a predetermined rehearsal and sing that song with four other voices, including one that sings with you. During the audition, the music director listens for accuracy, intonation (pitch) and whether or not you can stay on your part. You will be notified the next day if you passed. If you need to try again that's ok. The music director will give you a few things to work on and set up another audition (same process) usually within two weeks.
How much personal time will it take?
We don't have attendance requirements other than we want every singer to attend six to eight rehearsals before major performances (see below). We believe the enjoyment you get from your affiliation is directly proportionate to what you put into it. So take time to practice on your own. You love to sing so why not enjoy Greeley Harmonix to the fullest? The time you spend will be an investment in a hobby that will last a lifetime.
We have Monday night weekly rehearsals throughout the year.
At times we may have all-day rehearsal sessions when we work with an outside coach who helps us hone our ensemble skills. These are announced well in advance and attendance is expected.
If you've ever taken piano lessons or learned a musical instrument - or played sports - then you know how much more quickly you improve with practice. Investing as little as 15 minutes a day.. We ecourage you to set a practice schedule and make it a part of your routine.
We have two annual events:
"Sparkle!" Christmas Concert and Silent Auction. Sparkle is the second Saturday in December and our primary - and largest - fundraiser. It's a lot of fun and a great way to kick off the holiday season.
Sweet Adelines Regional Competition and Convention. Held annually each spring, this event involves a Friday and Saturday night stay at a predetermined location (usually within a day's driving distance). It is a fantastic weekend of musical camaraderie with your Greeley Harmonix sisters as well as a singing competition with the other Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets in our eight-state 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!
In addition to these two scheduled events, we often schedule a fall concern and, on average, we book three paid performances throughout the year for various private and civic organizations. We also donate performances to the community.
Our music director often holds Saturday Afternoon Singing Sessions (SASS) in her home studio where singers work on applying good vocal skills to the repertoire. SASS is not for note-learning. Singers should be confident enough with the music to be able to focus on vocal production. Our music director generously provides these sessions free.
What is the cost?
After completing the audition you are eligible for membership. The one-time initial dues for both Sweet Adelines International and Rocky Mountain Region 8 (our region) will be $230.
Don't let finances keep you from joining! We work with our singers to reduce the impact of this lump sum amount.
After the initial lump sum dues, International and Regional dues are escrowed each month for the following year and are included in the monthly dues of around $40. The remainder that is not escrowed for International and Regional dues goes back to the chorus to 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 Finance Manager for more details on any aspect of the financial commitment.
Do I have to be an experienced singer?
Not necessarily. You need to be able to learn your notes accurately, hold pitch and sing your part independently (probably much like you did in high school or college choir).
Our music director is a voice teacher and educated in vocal pedagogy. Vocal instruction is an integral part of each rehearsal. The longer you sing with us, the more your voice will strengthen.
If you are an experienced singer you'll find a cappella singing as challenging as any other genre - maybe even more so! Certainly, singing a cappella can help develop your "musical ear" in a way that will make you a better singer and musician for any other vocal genre.
Do I have to be able to read music?
Reading music (i.e. following the notes/interval on the staves) is certainly very helpful but not a requirement.
The music director provides a calendar and often a weekly rehearsal schedule via email to help you prepare in advance for each rehearsal.
Singers are expected to come to rehearsals knowing notes and lyrics; therefore, we provide sheet music and audio learning files that you can download from our members-only website to use for practice outside regular rehearsals.
You also 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.
We usually have our songs off paper (memorized) in about three to four rehearsals. Depending on the complexity of the song we make take a little longer. With rehearsals, personal practice and recordings we're usually ready by then.