Women’s Chorus

The Women’s Chorus is an auditioned group for women from 13 years old and up. We currently have 8 members and hope to grow to at least 12 by the beginning of the Fall Semester, while we consider a membership of 36 or more to be an optimal size for us. Our rehearsals are every other week, to accommodate people’s busy schedules. Since we are small and have limited rehearsals, our performances will most likely be in conjunction with other We, Montana! events, such as concerts from the Homeschool Chorus. While it might be nice to have performances all to ourselves someday, this shared performance arrangement means that we don’t have to have 10 or more numbers ready to go at once—so it accommodates us nicely.

REPERTOIRE
We will perform a wide variety of music, both accompanied and unaccompanied, and will gravitate toward 3- and 4-part pieces. Members will be expected to learn their notes at home. Whether you sight-read or whether you learn them from our rehearsal recordings, we really want to avoid spending precious rehearsal time teaching notes if we can.

SKILLS/REQUIREMENTS
We need everyone to be good at singing in tune, and to get good at following the coaching regarding matching vowel sounds. Basic musicianship skills are good, too, such as keeping a steady beat and following the director. Besides that, being a kind and courteous person is also great!

AUDITIONS
The audition is aimed at matching pitch, mostly. Auditions are very simple, and only take a couple of minutes each. Each singer comes with a song prepared to sing (without accompaniment) just to demonstrate that he or she can sing it in tune. After singing a bit of that song, he or she may be asked to sing it again, but starting on some different note. And after that, we might want to hear you sing back some random notes that we hum or play on the piano. Most students are quite surprised how simple the audition process is—and some realize they have got themselves quite worked up over nothing! In the event that your pitch-matching skills aren’t up to par, we’ll let you know that, and we’ll invite you to audition again in the future after having developed that one crucial skill better.

We won’t have a public audition date for this group; you may audition privately by appointment. Those already in the group need not audition again. To schedule an audition date, contact Jack Pelham.

Registration

If you are already a member of the Homeschool Program–or are intending to register for that, you can register this ensemble when you declare your intent to register.

If you are not a member of the Homeschool Program, please send a message to Jack Pelham about scheduling an audition, and we’ll take it from there.

CODE OF CONDUCT
To ensure that we’re all on our best behavior and that expectations are clear, a Code of Conduct agreement is required for this ensemble. This document is being updated and will be published this summer.

SCHEDULE
2nd and 4th Saturdays, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
First Semester runs September 12 through our December 14 concert.
Second Semester runs January 23 through through April 26.

PERFORMANCE DATES
We’re hoping to perform at a mid-October performance (which may be a live-streamed Facebook performance, recorded at the Great Room. We’re also aiming at a December 14 Christmas concert, location to be announced. And there will be at least one Spring performance, somewhere around April 26th. We may also have the option of performing at other events, if we want to.

MATERIALS NEEDED
Sheet music will be provided.

CONCERT ATTIRE
We will consult as to whether to adopt anything fancier than what the Homeschool Chorus will wear at their concerts. For the record, their dress code is as follows:
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HOMESCHOOL CHORUS DRESS CODE
We have a dress code for our concerts, because we are cool like that! All chorus members are expected to dress in all black as follows:
Boys/Men: Black slacks. Black belt and black shoes. Black long-sleeve, button-down shirts.
Girls/Women: Black bottoms of modest length, whether slacks, skirts, or dresses. Modest black tops, long or short sleeve. Sequins or other sparklies are OK, provided they do not change the color from the basic black look. NOTE: Ballroom gowns are too fancy for this event, and would stick out. Meanwhile, cowboy boots and hats with all black are too un-fancy, and would stick out in the opposite way!

CAPACITY
100

LOCATION
This course meets, as do all our courses, in the We, Montana! Great Room.

INSTRUCTOR
Jack Pelham

FEE
This course is part of our Sing Montana! Program, which will eventually include a Men’s Chorus. The annual fee is $32 per member, and is due at the first week of the Fall Semester.