Here are a number of frequently asked questions that we hope you will find helpful.
Where are you located and what time do you rehearse?
Regular rehearsals are held at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 222 NW 15th, Oklahoma City, OK on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The closest entrance to our rehearsal is on the back (south) side of the building at NW 14th & Harvey, where ample parking is available. If you need directions, click here. If you need information on car pooling, please contact us.
Do I have to be a great singer?Great, no. However, you MUST be able to sing, learn music, and hold your part. We are looking for enthusiastic women who love to sing, sing, sing! We believe that just about anyone can be a great singer and there are amazing opportunities for growth and education to help you release the performer within! Each week you'll receive direction from our Master Director, Mary Rhea. You'll learn new and exciting ways to bring out the very best singer in you.
Do I need to be able to read music or have previous training?
Absolutely not! The most important thing is that you can sing and that you enjoy doing it. Enthusiasm, a good attitude and willingness to learn are key elements we look for in a singer. We provide all the tools and instruction you will need to master any song we perform.
How much personal time will it take?In addition to weekly Tuesday night rehearsals, we perform in and around our area about 4-6 times per year for local festivals, business events, charitable events. We will have one or two shows of our own a year, as well as offering Singing Valentines in February. We also participate in the Region 25 Regional Competition in March or April each year, currently held in Richardson, TX. In preparation for competition, we will have occasional additional rehearsals with experts (coaches) who are brought in, and members are expected to attend those coaching sessions.
What is the cost?
Like all organizations there are minimal dues and costs incurred to insure maximum delivery of our craft. Participation in retreats and workshops is encouraged and sometimes there is a small fee for participation, depending on the activity.
There are also financial responsibilities involved for travel, hotel and registration fees for regional and international competitions. Some of these expenses are defrayed by financial assistance from the chorus, but individual members are expected to pay most of the cost of attending and participating in competition. Most of us form carpools for our trips and share accommodations by arranging for three or four to share a room. Arrangements can be made for any chorus costs to be paid in installments.
What is the audition procedure?Prospective members audition after 4-6 rehearsals. In a relaxed setting, you will audition by singing one of the chorus songs. You will sing your part in a quartet with the other three voice parts. The audition process is as follows:
On your first visit, you will be voice placed so you'll know what part to sing. Our director will have you sing something simple (privately!) and will determine which part (tenor, lead, baritone, bass) best fits your voice.
The next week when you return, you will receive a learning CD and audition music. Listen to the CD, follow along with the music and then sing along with the CD.
When visiting our rehearsals, you will stand on the risers near another singer who is singing the same voice part. You will also be offered opportunities the following two weeks to practice with the three other parts to get a feel for what the audition will be like. Many opportunities will be provided to you to practice the audition song at rehearsal, and members are more than eager to help you succeed.
You must attend 4 out of 6 weeks before auditioning. Passing an audition requires that you memorize and sing the entire song, holding your part, in a quartet setting.
How do I learn the songs?A learning CD of the required audition song will be provided to you for practice on your own. Learning our repertoire will come with time through learning files that are available and additionally through repetition and practice at our weekly rehearsal.
What is Sweet Adelines, International? It is the non-profit organization to which our chorus or "chapter" belongs, founded in 1947 in Tulsa, Oklahoma under its original name of Sweet Adelines, Inc. Tulsa is the home of the headquarters of Sweet Adelines International. The organization has grown to 27,000+ members around the world, making it a truly international organization.
What is a Chapter?
A chapter is the name given to each officially chartered chorus. The OK City Chorus is the largest chapter in the state of Oklahoma. OK City Chorus was chartered in September, 1956, and we are governed by a Management Team. We follow guidelines set out by Sweet Adelines International and have our own by-laws.
What is a Region? Sweet Adelines International is divided into 30 regions and areas, each governed by a Regional Management Team. Our chorus is part of Region 25, the "Heart of America Region," which encompasses all of Oklahoma, Arkansas, northern Texas, and portions of Louisiana and Missouri.
Are there other education opportunities?
Definitely! We are an educational organization.
One opportunity for music education is Summer Music Camp, usually held in June. It is a weekend of non-stop barbershop harmony where members from around the region gather for fun, great singing, and a variety of classes. It will enhance your musical knowledge and you'll have a great time, so you are encouraged to participate!
One of our favorite educational opportunities is the OK City Chorus retreat, a weekend of concentrated music education, singing and good times. This is an opportunity for us to have complete focus and energy towards our vocal and visual product under the masterful coaching of some of the world's best coaches.
Of particular interest to those who enjoy singing in small groups is the Regional Quartet Retreat. This is an annual event sponsored by the region and is held end of January. It's a wonderful opportunity to sing in or observe quartets being coached, because there is always something to learn and improve upon!
Throughout the year, we enjoy the expertise of world-renowned barbershop coaches, themselves champions and leaders of champions. Sometimes held at normal rehearsal times, sometimes at a special weekend coaching session, both individuals and the chorus benefit greatly from the encouragement and advice we receive. There are also educational opportunities provided by the organization we belong to, Sweet Adelines International.
To perpetuate barbershop harmony and continue educating all members in this art form, each region holds an annual Regional Chorus and Quartet Competition. This event is scheduled in the spring and serves as an opportunity to meet other Sweet Adelines in the region as well as enjoy the camaraderie of our own chorus members in a weekend get-away setting. The winners of each region then perform at the Sweet Adelines International Competition. Preparing for competition is a challenge, and we continually strive to sing and perform at a higher level.
What other things do you do?
Besides competing at regional and international competitions, OK City Chorus also performs in the metro area. We have shows annually which are large fundraisers for the chorus, as well as great entertainment for the community. Throughout the year, small concerts or performances are held throughout our community and around the state.
One of our fund raising opportunities is Singing Valentines. Members of the chorus form quartets which can be hired to perform a "singing telegram" on Valentine's Day. Participation in Macy's Shop for a Cause and other fundraisers provide revenue for our chorus.
Social events are not lacking, either! Besides meeting for a bite to eat and a chat before or after rehearsal, performances are often followed by an 'afterglow', a party for families and friends at which we enjoy food, fun and more singing. We also have special gatherings around the holidays and following important competitions.
Didn't see your question answered here? If not, contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have!
April 29, 2017