FAQs on Joining

“If you’re going to take time away from work or family, this is the most fun Chorus to join.”-Linus Travers

 

Q: How experienced do I have to be?

A: At BSMC, we welcome all singing levels. Whether you are a college glee club alumnus, a minister, a doctor or lawyer seeking recreation, a retired professional seeking a communal atmosphere, a music major or a music enthusiast eager to learn, we want you to join our group!

Q: Do I have to travel?

A: No. We understand that sometimes finances do not allow our members to make the trips with us. However, we strongly encourage those to travel because of the amazing experiences we get to share on these trips. We do offer financial aid.

Q: How do I join?

A: Just drop into one of our rehearsals. The atmosphere is very friendly! You will be greeted warmly and loaned whatever music we are working on. Sit in the section you think you belong in and introduce yourself to those sitting around you. Or, if you would like to give us a heads up, that is great too. Bottom line, we want you there.

Q: Do I have to audition?

A: Yes. However, the audition is relaxed and informal and consists of singing a well-known song, testing your vocal range, sight-singing and musical skills.  You do not need to prepare a piece.

Q: What is the process of auditioning?

A. We want you to feel like a part of our group. If you enjoy yourself during your first three rehearsals and you would like to audition, just speak to the director. At this point, he will schedule an audition time that works the best for both of you.

Q: What type of repertoire does the chorus perform?

A: Our repertoire is broad, from Welsh folk songs to Americana from the frontier to Broadway. Our song choices concert and theme based, guided by a simple assertion: “We Love to Sing.”

Q: Where do rehearsals take place?

A: We gather most Monday nights from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the First Parish Church, inWeston, MA.

Q: What is the membership fee?

A: We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit chorus that relies on contributions from its members, alums and friends, and also on chorus operational revenues.  Each year we have an annual fund drive were we ask each singer to contribute to the Chorus (the current recommended contribution is $275 per singer).  Additionally we ask each singer to generate operational revenues for the chorus primarily through concert ticket sales and program advertising revenues.  (The target amount for such additional revenues is $300 per singer.)  We recognize that there is a wide range of financial resources of our singers and do our utmost to make the chorus affordable to all.

Q: What is the commitment?

A: Besides weekly rehearsals, we require members to sing in four or five concerts a year and actively engage in being a part of the this self-governing group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q: How experienced do I have to be?

A: At BSMC, we welcome all singing levels. Whether you are Glee Club Alumni, a Minister, a Doctor or Lawyer seeking recreation, a Retired Professional seeking a communal atmosphere, a Music Major or a Music Enthusiast eager to learn, we are willing and excited to begin to embark on this new journey with you.

Q: Do I have to travel with the group?

A: No. We understand that sometimes finances do not allow our members to make the trips with us. However, we strongly encourage those to travel because of the amazing experiences we get to share with you on these trips. Given enough notice, there also may be potential for some financial aid.

Q: What type of repertoire does the chorus perform?

A: Our repertoire consists of Western European, American,  Modern and Broadway pieces. Or as we say,  “We Sing Our Things.”

Q: How do I join?

A: Just drop right in at one of our rehearsals. The atmosphere is very friendly and you will be greeted warmly and loaned whatever music we are working on. Sit in whatever section you think you belong in and introduce yourself to those sitting around you. Or, if you would like to give us a heads up that is great too. We can also arrange for an introduction to the chorus. Bottom line, we want you there!

Q: Do I have to audition?

A: Yes. However, the audition is relaxed and informal and consists of singing a well-known song, testing your vocal range, sight-singing and an assessment of musical skills.  You do not need to prepare a piece.

Q: What is the process of auditioning?

A. We want you to feel like a part of our group. If you enjoy yourself during the first three rehearsals attended and you would like to audition, you would then notify the director. At this point, he will schedule an audition time that works the best for the both of you.

Q: Where do rehearsals take place?

A: We gather most Monday nights from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the First Parish Church (Unitarian), Weston, MA.

Q: What is the membership fee?

A: We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit chorus that relies on contributions from its members, alums and friends, and also on chorus operational revenues.  Each year we have an annual fund drive were we ask each singer to contribute to the Chorus (the current recommended contribution is $275 per singer).  Additionally we ask each singer to generate operational revenues for the chorus primarily through concert ticket sales and program advertising revenues.  (The target amount for such additional revenues is $300 per singer.)  We recognize that there is a wide range of financial resources of our singers and do our utmost to make the chorus affordable to all.

Q: What would the commitment be?

A: We gather most Monday nights from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at the First Parish Church (Unitarian), Weston, MA. Besides weekly rehearsals, it would be up to the member to determine the amount of practice time. Besides that, we would require members to sing in four or five concerts a year and actively engage in being a part of the group. This includes showing some effort in ticket sales and getting the word out.

Q: Do I provide my own uniform?

A: Yes.

Q: What does the uniform consist of?

A: Saengerfest’s concert uniform consists of:

  • Single-breasted navy blue blazer with brass buttons
  • Long-sleeved, white button-down collar shirt
  • Saengerfest pocket patch and tie (available from Saengerfest)
  • Black shoes
  • Black socks
  • Black belt
  • Gray pants*

*Gray pants may be purchased at Mosher’s:

1221 Centre St
Newton Center, MA 02459    
(617) 527-3121
 

*Speak with Dana Mosher and tell him you need pants for the Saengerfest uniform.

Q: Who do I contact to join or for further questions?

A: You can contact either Tim Borchers or  Jim Burns. Both members are excited to meet potential members and are happy to answer any questions you have.