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Arbutus Sounds Chorus

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to audition?
Yes. You will be given music and learning tracks for one song and then after you've attended three consecutive practices you will be asked to sing in a quartet. You will need to sing your part while the other three singers sing their parts. The goal is to be able to hold your part while the other three people sing theirs. Auditions are held in a closed area away from the rest of the chorus.
How do you decide which part I will sing?
On your first visit, you will be “voice placed”; you will be asked to sing some scales or a song that you already know, most often “Happy Birthday”. After discussing the qualities of your voice and your musical experience the director will recommend a part suited to your voice.
Do I have to read music to become a Sweet Adeline?
No. About half of our singers read music. Most of us rely primarily on learning CDs or downloaded music files to learn new pieces and when practicing on our own.
How much time will it take?
In addition to weekly rehearsals, throughout the year there will likely be two Saturday coaching sessions. Once every three years we participate in a Sweet Adelines regional competition in April or May. This will involve some travel time and a weekend away from home. We perform for local events at various times during the year as opportunity arises.
How are the dues spent?
Ordinarily we spend the bulk of our money on education for ourselves and others, music, and rental of venues.
What is the best thing about being a Sweet Adeline?
In addition to becoming a better singer you will make new friends of all ages. You will also have an opportunity to learn about choreography and costumes. Some of the members choose to become involved in the management of the chorus.