HOW TO AUDITION
Due to the available spots in the Chorus, auditions for January 2018 will be limited to GALA transfers or those who have musical experiences from other backgrounds.
Auditions will be held once on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7:30pm.
Location (Auditions): Kanbar Performing Arts Center (44 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102)
The rehearsal period will begin on Monday, February 5, 2018 from 7-10pm.
Location (Rehearsal): Morgan Auditorium (491 Post Street, San Francisco, CA 94102).
Please review the FAQ below to answer any concerns. If you are interested in auditioning for SFGMC, please email us at [email protected]. Thanks!
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.
Q: Are there financial obligations associated with membership? A: Members of SFGMC are required to pay the following:
- Dues are $25 a month
- Wardrobe is approximately $350, a one-time payment
- Retreat is $165 (there will only be one retreat for Season 40)
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'm an alumni member from SFGMC and want to re-audition. Is there a separate date & time for this group? A: No. All returning members and new members will audition on the same day with the same requirements, which does include singing a solo piece for the panel.
Q: Where are the auditions held? A: Kanbar Performing Arts Center, 44 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
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 protected]. 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: We will notify all who auditioned of the results by Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
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: 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: I still have more questions. A: Definitely feel free to contact us with your inquiries at [email protected]!