HOW TO AUDITION

Auditions for Season 42 are now completed. Thank you!

There will be NO January auditions in 2020 for Season 42.

To audition for SFGMC, please complete the following three easy steps:

1. Prospective members must attend the pre-audition rehearsals on August 19 & August 26 from 7-10 pm. While attending ONE rehearsal is required to audition, we strongly recommend you attend both as this does count towards your attendance if you are accepted into SFGMC.

2. Sign up to schedule an audition.

3. Attend your scheduled audition.

Before auditioning, please review the FAQs below to answer any questions or concerns.

FAQs about SFGMC

Q: How often does SFGMC rehearse?

A: We rehearse every Monday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, with sectionals and other special rehearsals as needed. There are two out-of-town weekend retreats per season, and at least one San Francisco retreat. While the full weekend is strongly encouraged, only the full Saturday rehearsal is required.

Q: Are there financial obligations associated with membership?

A: Members of SFGMC are required to pay the following:

  • Dues are $25 per month

  • Wardrobe cost is approximately $350 (one-time payment)

  • Retreat costs are determined by the choice of accommodations at the camp location. Rates typically vary from $160-220 for the weekend.

Complete information on costs and assistance will be available at the New Member Orientation.

Q: What if I cannot afford the costs of membership? Am I still able to join?

A: Absolutely! SFGMC does not turn anyone away because of finances. We have our Financial Assistance Network, Ryan’s Fund, which is available in exchange for volunteer hours. Applications are available upon acceptance into the chorus.

Q: What is GALA Festival 2020?

A: SFGMC is a chorus of GALA, the leading choral association for the LGBT choral movement. GALA Festival is the quadrennial international celebration of the LGBTQ+ choral movement. At Festival 2020 (scheduled July 4-8, 2020), more than 6000 diverse singers representing over 100 choruses and ensembles will take over downtown Minneapolis for 5 powerful days of concerts, festivities, and community-building. For more information, please check the information here.

Q: Am I required to attend GALA Festival 2020 as a singing member?

A: It is our hope that all members of SFGMC will attend GALA Festival. While there are financial obligations to making this trip happen, the chorus has scholarship opportunities through our Financial Assistance Network, Ryan’s Fund, that may help with the cost.

FAQs about the audition PROCESS

Q: When will the auditions take place for the upcoming season?

A: Pre-audition rehearsals are on Monday, August 19, and Monday, August 26 from 7-10 pm. The audition date is Wednesday, August 28, 2019. A sign-up link will be available mid-July. While attending ONE rehearsal is required to audition, we strongly recommend you attend both as this does count towards your attendance upon acceptance into SFGMC

Q: I'm an alumni member from SFGMC and want to re-audition. Is there a separate date and time for alumni?

A: No. All alumni and new members will audition on the same day with the same requirements, which does include singing a solo piece for the panel. Please note, if you are an “inactive member,” you do not need to re-audition.

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 protected]. Depending on the number of auditionees, you may not sing exactly at your selected time. There may be a wait. We recommend you request an earlier time should you need to leave at a specific time.

Q: Who is allowed to join as a singing member of the chorus?

A: SFGMC welcomes singers who identify as male or non-binary. However, if you want to stay involved with the Chorus as a non-singing member, please notify us, and we can get you in touch with our volunteer coordinator. SFGMC is volunteer-driven, so we always welcome this part of our community with open arms

Q: How many people are you looking to accept?

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: 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: Where are the auditions held?

A: San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus building, 170 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.

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: Do I need to prepare a song for the audition?

A: Yes. Please come prepared to sing 16 measures of a song. You must also bring piano accompaniment with you for the audition. There may also be vocal exercises geared toward blending, harmonizing and voice placement. The audition is very non-threatening, and you will be made to feel completely comfortable.

Q: What genre of music should my audition song be?

A: We want you to be comfortable with your song choice. Your song can be classical, choral, pop, opera, Broadway show tunes, etc. However, you may not sing a cappella. We will have a pianist, who will play the sheet music you bring with you.

Q: Can I sing in a different language?

A: Yes! You can sing in any language you choose.

Q: Can I sing a capella?

A: You may not sing a cappella. Many auditionees who sing a cappella tend to sing out of tune. Therefore, we expect you to bring sheet music for our accompanist.

Q: How difficult should the song be?

A: Not difficult at all! Choose one that you are comfortable singing. If you know you cannot hit a high note in a song, don’t try to impress the panel and fail. The audition is not about impressing the panel, it’s about showing that you have the skills to be a great addition to SFGMC.

Q: Where can I find sheet music for my song?

A: The easiest way to do this is by visiting websites that provide sheet music. www.sheetmusicplus.com is a popular site that many auditionees have used. Please make sure you choose a song that is within your vocal range. The accompanist will not be able to transpose the music for you during your audition.

Q: What if I can’t find the sheet music for my song? Can I use anything else?

A: We have had auditionees play an instrument to accompany themselves. If you have a music track that you want to play, you are welcome to use that method too; however, please bring your own speaker as one will not be provided. Also, recorded music tracks cannot have other vocals singing along.

Q: What should I wear to the audition?

A: Whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Q: What should I bring to the audition?

A: Please bring printed sheet music for our accompanist in the key you wish him to play the song. Do not present a piece of music and request him to transpose it into another key. Other than this, just bring yourself!

Q: Who will be present at my audition?

A: SFGMC’s Artistic Director, Dr. Tim Seelig, the section leaders, and other Chorus leaders will hear each audition. In total, your panel may be about 12-18 people. You will not be asked to sing in front of the other auditionees.

Q: What happens during the audition itself?

A: The audition consists of a brief interview with our New Member Committee, your song selection (or a portion of it), followed by a few exercises which will enable the panel to assess your vocal range and ability. The whole audition only takes a few minutes and will be over before you know it.

Q: How do I find out whether or not I made it?

A: The audition results will be delivered the day after the final audition date (via email).

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. Many members auditioned more than once before joining SFGMC. 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: Who is allowed to join as a singing member of the chorus?

A: SFGMC welcomes singers who identify as male. However, if you want to stay involved with the Chorus as a non-singing member, please notify us, and we can get you in touch with our volunteer coordinator. SFGMC is volunteer-driven, so we always welcome this part of our community with open arms!

Q: What if I still have more questions?

A: Feel free to contact us with your inquiries at [email protected]

If you are interested in auditioning for SFGMC in the future, please email us at [email protected]. Thanks!