Membership in the Saskatoon Chamber Singers is by audition. Prospective singers are invited to contact the Music Director at 249-3398, or send e-mail to the choir via our contact form. Here is a brief overview of what is involved in being a member of the choir, as well as the audition process.
Singers are expected to be committed to the full concert season and rehearsal schedule. In addition, singers need to learn the music between rehearsals, in order to make the best use of rehearsal time (as much as possible focusing on blend and musicality).
Support from singers is also needed to help promote the choir, by selling tickets and circulating information about concerts (posters, e-mail messages, etc.)
There are normally four regular concerts. Details of the current season are here.
Regular rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Knox United Church. The start time sometimes changes to 7:00 p.m., e.g. to accommodate sectionals, or if extra rehearsal time is needed in the lead-up to a particular concert. There is usually a dress rehearsal on a different day (e.g. Friday or Saturday for a Sunday concert). For performances with the Symphony, the schedule is set by the Symphony but normally there are two or three rehearsals. There are also normally one or two extra weekend rehearsals during the preparation for each concert. A more detailed schedule is usually available by sometime in August for the upcoming season.
Men: Black tuxedos (including black cummerbund and bow-tie), with black dress shoes
Women: long black (dress pant or skirt), with long sleeved black top and dress shoes
There is an annual membership fee of $130 ($110 for full-time students), to help offset the choir's expenses.
Post-dated cheques or instalment plans can be accommodated.
The audition will involve:
- Singing "O Canada" or a folk song/song of choice (unaccompanied). This should be something that shows off your vocal quality and range.
- Singing a sight passage.
- Singing back short passages played on the piano (tonal memory).
- Determining rhythmic proficiency.
- Determining range/timbre.
- Short informal interview.