Here's the FAQ's:
How much personal time will it take?
The Northland Chorus meets every Monday from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Our season begins the first Monday after Labour Day and we wrap up with a year-end barbeque and social in mid-June.
Two extra rehearsals per year apart from Monday nights are scheduled for the individual
sections to meet with their section leaders. These are usually held on a Sunday afternoon (1:00 pm - 4:30 pm). Two Saturday rehearsals (9 am - 4 pm) are scheduled leading up to the annual spring show. During the week before our annual show, we meet nightly from Monday-Thursday. The dates for all extra rehearsals are announced in September.
Some time spent rehearsing on your own is usually necessary in order to become proficient in your music. Rehearsal happens every Monday night but practice happens at home! Doing some homework is expected as part of your comittment to the chorus.
Our goal is to rehearse not until we get it right, but until we cannot get it wrong!
Where do you meet?
Our rehearsal hall is the gymnasium at the Salvation Army building, 670 John St., Sault Ste. Marie ON.
What is the cost?
Dues are payable upon acceptance of your application for membership, then once per year. See Dues Table for 2017 below.
Annual Dues for 2017*:
* Based on an US/CDN exchange rate of 30% (a bargain over the bank rate of 37+%)
|Adult New Member - First Year||$170 USD/
|Age 26 and over|
|Youth New Member - First Year||$12 USD/
|Age 25 and under|
|Adult Annual Renewal||$160 USD/
|Age 26 and over|
|Youth Annual Renewal||$80 USD/
|Age 25 and under|
|Senior Legacy Renewal||$80 USD/
|Over the age of 70 with 10 or more years of service BEFORE Jan 1, 2010|
|Senior Renewal||$117.50 USD/
|Over the age of 70 with 10 or more years of service AS OF Jan 1, 2010|
Do any members of the chorus live in Sault, Michigan?
Yes, there are several. Nearly 25% of the Northland Chorus live on the US side and cross the bridge to attend weekly rehearsals or performances. Many of them carpool which reduces the impact of paying bridge fare.
Do I need a passport?
As rehearsals are all held in Canada, chapter members who are U.S. residents are strongly advised to carry a valid passport to expedite regular border-crossing. Also, as several performances and events/year occur in the U.S., chapter members residing in Canada are similarly advised to carry a passport when crossing the border.
How often do you perform?
In addition to the annual spring show, we perform in and around our area 10-20 times per year for local festivals, business events, service club meetings, conventions, church services, retirement and nursing homes, charitable or fundraising events for other local charitable organizations, as well as participating in Christmas and arts festival events.
What is the best time of year to join?
Although guests are welcome to attend a rehearsal or join the chorus at any time of year, perhaps the best time to consider joining is in the fall, when we are first starting up for a new season. Starting with our first meeting of the new saeason on the first Monday after Labour Day, we hand out a package of sheet music and learning CD's to all members as we begin learning the music for the coming season together.
Do you meet during the summer months of July and August?
No, we do not. Our last event of the season is a barbecue social which occurs around mid-June. We are off from then until the first Monday after Labour Day.
What if I can't attend every rehearsal?
We understand that this is a hobby and that our members may sometimes have other commitments which sometimes conflict with chorus activities. Nevertheless, members of the Chapter are normally expected to attend a minimum of 75% of the regular rehearsals and 100% of the special rehearsals. We take attendance! Members who are unable to attend a given rehearsal are asked to kindly notify the Music Director ahead of time.
What is the audition procedure?
Admission to the Chorus is based on your ability and desire to sing. After you have attended a few rehearsals as a guest and you feel you want to pursue membership in the chorus, a private evaluation and voice placement will be scheduled before you are offered an admission application. You will be asked to show that you possess the basic ability to carry a tune and to match pitch. You will be given every opportunity to succeed! As part of this evaluation, you will be given advice as to which voice-part best suits your vocal timbre and range.
Do I have to be a great singer?
That would be nice but the short answer is no. Good, maybe, but not great!
We are, after all, a singing organization, and so we are looking for men who possess a degree of singing skill, and men who will work enthusiastically at improving those skills using the many opportunities for musical growth that we provide. We will offer you every tool needed for success. It is up to you to use them!
How do I learn the songs?
New sheet music and part-predominant learning CD’s are handed out at the first Chapter meeting in September, along with a Rehearsal Master Plan showing the schedule of songs to be taught, the dates of extra rehearsals, and other important dates for the coming year. Music is taught by the quartet teaching method and memorized through the member’s individual use of high-quality, part-specific learning CD’s. Members are expected to be “off the music” (all words and notes memorized) by a specified mid-January date.
Do I have to know how to read music?
The ability to read music, while an asset, is not required. We will teach you!
Do you hold the sheet music when you perform?
Generally we do not hold sheet music during performances. The best way to connect with an audience is to engage them with your complete attention. That way, you can also see the director which he seems to feel is important!
An exception is made when the chorus sings at church services and at Christmas events. There we sing specialized music that we don't do as often as our regular repertoire. Many of our singers feel more comfortable holding the music at such performances so we allow it.
On rare occasions, newer members still learning our repertoire are allowed to hold music at some of our more informal performances such as the biannual "Pie Gig" at Victoria Presbyterian Church - we provide an Soiree of Song in exchange for a Potpourri of Pie!
Is there a uniform?
We have several different pieces of uniform, from casual shirts to a full-on tux. Uniforms are provided at no charge but a refundable $50 deposit is charged when a uniform is issued. These uniforms remain the property of the Chorus. You will need your own black shoes. Members are responsible for dry cleaning and normal upkeep of uniforms.
When is the annual show?
Usually the first Saturday in April, subject to the availability of our guest quartet, and the
need to avoid the Easter weekend. Annual Shows are held at Kiwanis Commnity Theatre Centre in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, located inside White Pines High School.
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