Audition FAQ

Be a part of Sistrum’s upcoming season by joining the chorus as a singing member! The next orientation for new members will be held on August 23, 2017, from 6-7pm at Central United Methodist Church (215 N. Capitol Ave), Lansing, followed by rehearsal from 7pm-9pm. If you haven’t already, please email info@sistrum.org to let us know you plan to attend.  Interested women will find out about how the chorus is run and do a voice check with the Artistic Director. Regular Sistrum rehearsals will resume the following week and are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-9pm at Central UMC.

Is Sistrum the right chorus for you?
Yes, if you are a woman who:

  • loves singing a variety of repertoire (world music, feminist, classical, pop and more)
  • can commit to our rehearsal/ performance schedule
  • can carry out Sistrum’s core values

What can you tell me about the audition process?

The orientation to Sistrum consists of two parts—the voice check and short meeting with the membership committee. 

During the voice check, the Artistic Director will ask you to:

  • sing scales and warm-ups (to determine tone quality and range)
  • repeat simple melodic patterns (to ascertain tonal memory/pitch recognition)

During the orientation, you will meet with the membership committee who will share information on and can answer your questions about the pace of the season, rehearsal logistics, performance protocols, and member expectations.

What responsibilities will I have as a member of Sistrum?

Sistrum’s season typically runs from September through May and consists of three (3) concert preparation periods.

Performances

  • Major concerts are generally held in December and May, with Friday and Saturday evening presentations of each concert.
  • Community performances are scheduled from time to time.
  • A detailed schedule of all confirmed dates for the upcoming season will be provided at the time a member joins. Any additional performance requests will be brought to the director, the Board, and the chorus to determine feasibility.

Rehearsals

  • Singers are expected to attend weekly rehearsals, currently held from 6:30pm-9pm Wednesday nights at the Central United Methodist Church in Lansing, MI from September through May.  Occasional performances and/or festivals are also often scheduled in the summer months.
  • At least one additional rehearsal is held during the week prior to each major concert. Attendance is mandatory.
  • If needed, extra rehearsals will be scheduled at the Artistic Director’s discretion.
  • We usually have one, 4 hour, Saturday, “retreat” rehearsal 6-8 weeks before each concert.

Financial Contributions

  • A significant portion of our budget each year comes from member donations.  In addition to a non-refundable $40 music/facilities fee each term (fall and spring), each singer is asked to contribute as she is able on a regular basis (monthly, quarterly, or annually) to help defray the chorus costs.
  • A suggested pledge is a monthly donation equal to the wage one earns per hour.  Special circumstances can be discussed with the treasurer or another member of the Finance committee.
  • Other costs that members incur may include, but are not limited to: festivals, retreats, concert attire, social events and the purchase of promotional items. Scholarships may be available for festivals.

Committees

  • Singing members do a large portion of the administrative work of the chorus.
  • Each member of Sistrum is asked to serve on a committee that does its business outside of rehearsal time.  In the first year, new members should attend/tryout meetings for at least one committee to begin to understand the structure and responsibilities.
  • Committees include the following:  Finance, Production, Internal Communications, Marketing/PR, Special Projects.

Concert Attire

  • For most performances, concert attire is dress black.

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