Interested in joining the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus? We would love to see you at auditions this fall, as we launch our 40th Season! Please note: We will only be holding auditions for new singers once for Season 40.
HOW TO AUDITION
If you want to audition for SFGMC, join us first for an open rehearsal on Monday, August 21, 2017 (7-10PM) and Monday, August 28, 2017 (7-10PM) then come audition on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Location for new member auditions are TBD.
For more information, please review the FAQ below. Thanks!
TO BOOK AN AUDITION SLOT, check back in mid-June when we open slots for potential new members.
Q: I do not have a strong musical background. I’ve never sung in a chorus before. Should I still audition? A: YES! We have members who only sang in the shower before joining, some who have advanced musical degrees, and everything in between. Part of SFGMC’s formula of success is to take a mix of singers with diverse experiences in music. In addition to singing, we also need members with skills in many other areas.
Q: How often does SFGMC rehearse? A: We rehearse every Monday evening from 7:00 to 10:00pm, with sectional and other special rehearsals as needed. Once we begin chorus choreography, a review sessions starts at 6:30pm. This is optional but highly encouraged.
Q: Are there financial obligations associated with membership? A: Members of SFGMC are required to pay the following:
- Dues are $28 a month
- Wardrobe is approximately $350, a one-time payment
- Retreat is $165, twice yearly
Financial assistance is available in exchange for volunteer hours. Complete information on costs and assistance will be available at the New Member Orientation.
Q: Do I need to prepare a song for the audition? A: Yes. Please come prepared to sing a song or portion of a song. There may also be exercises geared toward blending, harmonizing and voice placement. The audition is very non-threatening, and you will be made to feel completely comfortable.
Q: How many people are you looking to take? A: SFGMC has over 250 members, but not all of them are active every season. New members are accepted based on current needs in order to maintain balance among four sections: First Tenor, Second Tenor, Baritone and Bass.
Q: I have read a lot about your Lavender Pen Tour. If I am accepted into SFGMC, am I eligible to go on the tour? A: New Members accepted in the fall of 2017 are unfortunately not eligible to participate in the LPT. We have been rehearsing and preparing the Tour repertoire since January 2017 and there is not enough time to fully integrate new members into our performance.
Q: Where are the auditions held? A: TBD.
Q: What should I wear to the audition? A: Whatever makes you feel comfortable!
Q: What should I bring to the audition? A: Just yourself and the song you will sing. Please bring sheet music for our accompanist, as well.
Q: What time should I arrive for my audition? A: Please arrive no more than 15 minutes ahead of time, as we anticipate the evening will be tightly scheduled. If you know that you will be late, contact Raymond Gonzales at email@example.com. Depending on the amount of auditionees, you may not sing right at your selected time. There may be a wait. We recommend you come for an earlier time to get out earlier.
Q: What happens during the audition itself? A: SFGMC’s Artistic Director, Dr. Tim Seelig, and the section leaders will hear each audition. You will not be asked to sing in front of the other auditionees. The audition will consist of your song, or a portion of it, followed by a few exercises which will enable the staff to assess your vocal range and ability. The whole audition takes only a few minutes and will be over before you know it.
Q: How do I find out whether or not I made it? A: Those accepted will be notified by e-mail by the next morning.
Q: What happens if I'm not accepted? A: Please do not be discouraged. While we would love to accept everyone, it is obviously not possible. You are always welcome to audition again in the future. You may also consider joining SFGMC as a non-singing volunteer. We are a volunteer-driven organization, and we always welcome new members who wish to contribute time to our organization. The new member committee will be happy to put you in touch with the appropriate people depending on your particular interests.
Q: I still have more questions. A: Definitely feel free to contact us with your inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org!