HOW TO AUDITION

The chorus is currently at full capacity for Season 40.

Auditions for Season 41 will take place in August 2018. More information will be posted as the time gets closer.

Please review the FAQ below to answer any questions or concerns. If you are interested in auditioning for SFGMC in the future, please email us at [email protected]. Thanks!


Auditions FAQ

Q: I do not have a strong musical background. I’ve never sung in a chorus before. Should I still audition?
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?
We rehearse every Monday evening from 7:00 to 10:00pm, with sectional and other special rehearsals as needed. There are 2 weekend retreats per season and at least 1 “in-town” 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 a month
  • Wardrobe is approximately $350, a one-time payment
  • Retreat prices depend on the choice of living quarters at the camp location. The range may go from $160-$220.

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? 
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?
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? 
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? 
Kanbar Performing Arts Center, 44 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. 

Q: What should I wear to the audition?
Whatever makes you feel comfortable!

Q: What should I bring to the audition?
Please bring SHEET MUSIC for our accompanist in the key you wish him to play the song. Do not give a piece of music and ask him to compose it into a new key. Other than this, just bring yourself!

Q: What time should I arrive for my audition?
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 genre of music should my audition song be?
We want you to be comfortable with your song choice. Your song can be classical, choral, pop, opera, Broadway show tunes, etc. 

Q: How difficult should the song be?
NOT DIFFICULT AT ALL! Choose one that you are comfortable to sing. 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 skills you have that can be added to SFGMC.

Q: Can I sing a capella?
We do not recommend you sing a capella. Many times in an audition when you sing a capella, the tendency is to sing out of tune. Therefore, we strongly recommend you bring accompaniment for our pianist.

Q: What if I can’t find sheet music? Can I use anything else?
We have had auditionees play an instrument to accompany them. If you have a music track that you want to play, you are welcome to use that too; however, please bring your own speaker as one will not be provided.

Q: Can I sing in a different language?
Yes! You can sing in any language you choose.

Q: Who will hear my audition?
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?
The audition will consist of your song, 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 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?
The audition results will be delivered the day after the final audition date.

Q: What happens if I'm not accepted?
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? 
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.
Definitely feel free to contact us with your inquiries at [email protected]!