Experience the joy of singing in a community of talented and dedicated women! WomenSing is always seeking experienced and skilled choral singers. We would love to have you join us for an exciting upcoming season.

 

AUDITIONS for Fall 2021

When: August 25, 2021, starting at 6:00 PM

 

Where: Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – Chapel

            1035 Carol Lane

            Lafayette, CA 94549

 

What: 20 minutes, relaxed and enjoyable

  •     Q&A with the artistic staff about the group and your choral experience
  •      A little vocalization
  •      A few acapella scales
  •      A short sightreading passage
  •      Present a song of your choice (art song, aria, folk song, or choral excerpt). Remember to bring a copy of the music for the accompanist!

 

Who: Artistic Director Ofer dal Lal and Accompanist Paul Caccamo

 

How:   Please send an email to [email protected] expressing your interest in joining the group. The Director will provide you with a time slot, along with any further instructions. Feel free to ask any questions you might have then or during the audition.

 

COVID-19 Update for Fall 2021 Auditions

As we have all learned this past year (plus), we must remain agile in our planning and communicate changes quickly and clearly.

The group will require proof of vaccination for rehearsals and masks while inside until no longer necessary, plus we are taking other precautions to keep our singers safe.

For the Audition, please enter the Chapel wearing a mask. We do ask that you are fully vaccinated. Ofer, Paul and you will be safely distanced during your audition. At this time, we plan that you will be able to remove your mask while singing – but that is subject to change.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions About WomenSing

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Where and how long are the rehearsals?

WomenSing rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:15-9:45 pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church (1035 Carol Lane) in Lafayette.

Does the group have practice materials available?

Our private database will give the singer access to sound files, score markings, pronunciation guides, translations, etc.

What if I need extra help learning the music?

In addition to the Wednesday night rehearsals, WomenSing offers sectionals held before the regular rehearsals, at 6:15, on a rotating basis. Section leaders also lead optional sectionals at members’ homes to help singers master pitches and rhythms.

What other musical activities are expected of WomenSing members?

As part of the regular concert season, workshops are held once per concert series where members work with a noted clinician. Past clinicians have included Libby Larsen, Joseph Jennings, and Charles Bruffy. Every other year an overnight weekend retreat is held (usually in late January). There are also opportunities for optional outreach performances and touring.

Are members expected to volunteer?

Chorus members also contribute to the smooth functioning of the organization by volunteering their skills in finance, publicity, marketing, development, organizational support and the like. An annual fundraiser is held in October. Participation in this fun and essential event is strongly encouraged.

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What is WomenSing looking for in new singers?

First and foremost, WomenSing seeks team players who can commit to the high artistic standards we strive for. We seek experienced and skilled choral singers. Some sight-reading ability is desired, and willingness to learn the music in a timely fashion is required. We take our tag line (“the traditional and the unexpected”) seriously, meaning that the group performs some unusual contemporary music.

Are there solo/small group opportunities?

Yes. These opportunities vary widely depending on the program. Some will be auditioned and some will be assigned.

Do members have to re-audition?

Yes. Returning singers re-audition every three years on a rotation basis.

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How much does it cost to sing with WomenSing?

2021 - Current tuition rates for New Singers are a sliding scale of $150-200 per semester for the first two semesters.  After that, it's a sliding scale of $200-250 per semester.

Do I need to buy a performance costume?

Yes. The current costume consists of one of two jackets, a red one worn in the fall and a fitted green one worn in the spring. The cost is approximately $90. The singer may choose to wear a black shell top, with black pants or a skirt.

Do I need to buy music?

Yes. Music costs $25 per semester.

I’d like to sing with the group, but these expenses are too high for me.

WomenSing offers scholarships to singers who need assistance with the costs of participating in the organization. Cost should never be a factor in your decision to participate. Please speak to the Audition Coordinator for more information.