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Wednesday, 02 September 2009 21:42

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. Who conducts the Choir?
2. Does the choir only perform as a large chorus?
3. Does the choir always sing classical music?
4. What venues does the Choir perform in?
5. Does the choir perform outside Brisbane?
6. Is the choir a good place to make new friends?
7. Who accompanies the choir for its concerts?
8. When are the 2014 auditions held?
9. Where are the auditions held?
10. What does an audition involve?
11. Am I required to bring my own music to sing at the audition?
12. How do I organise an audition?
13. When will I know if I have been successful?
14. Do I need to have a trained voice to sing in the choir?
15. Do I need to be able to read music?
16. Do I have to be able to sight-sing fluently?
17. Is there any help within the choir for those whose knowledge of musical notation is very basic?
18. How much will it cost me to join the choir?
19. Is there any help given with voice training?
20. How often does the choir rehearse?
21. What should I bring to rehearsal?
22. What if I can't make it to a rehearsal or a concert?
23. When do rehearsals commence?
24. What do I wear to a concert?
25. Am I expected to help run the choir?
26. Can I get concert tickets at reduced prices? Coming Soon!

1. Who conducts the Choir?
The Musical Director of the Queensland Choir is Kevin Power and he is responsible for preparing the choir for all its concerts and conducts all rehearsals. He also  conducts public performances by the choir, but concerts may also be directed by guest conductors.

2. Does the choir only perform as a large chorus?
No! There are times when smaller groups of singers are used to perform at concerts, private functions and fund raising events depending on repertoire. Membership of these smaller groups is drawn from the full chorus and chosen by the Musical Director.

3. Does the choir always sing classical music?
No, the concert program includes the performance of lighter music. While the majority of the Choir's concert programmes consist of classical masterpieces, The Queensland Choir has always sung a very wide repertoire ranging from oratorio through opera and musical comedy choruses to arrangements of folk songs, spirituals, pop songs and Christmas carols.

4. What venues does the Choir perform in?
The choir performs in the major concert halls of Brisbane and regional centres as well as major churches such as St John's Cathedral & the Cathedral of St Stephen in Brisbane.

5. Does the choir perform outside Brisbane?
Yes, the choir performs in regional centres outside Brisbane. Trips and performances away are all part of the experience of being in the Queensland Choir.

6. Is the choir a good place to make new friends?
Yes, the choir is made up of a wide range of people from all ages and walks of life. Each rehearsal includes a break, where choristers can mingle and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea or coffee. Organised social functions are also held. These range from weekend camps to coffee nights at West End after rehearsal.

7. Who accompanies the choir for its concerts?
During its 2014 season the choir will perform with orchestral, organ and piano accompaniment.

8. When are the 2014 auditions held?
Auditions are held throughout the year by appointment. These auditions are held in the rehearsals venue ie Merthyr Uniting Church Merthyr Rd New Farm.

9. Where are the auditions held?

Auditions will be held in the Choir's rehearsal venue Merthyr Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Rd. New Farm.

10. What does an audition involve?
An audition generally lasts 5-6 minutes and involves some simple scales and/or exercises to warm up your voice and to check your vocal range. You will be asked to sing a short melody played to you and to clap some simple rhythmic patterns. You will also be asked to prepare and sing your voice part of a set piece with piano accompaniment and to sight-sing a simple passage with piano accompaniment.

11. Am I required to bring my own music to sing at the audition?
There is no need to bring your own music although you may like to bring your own copy of the set piece. For 2010 the set piece chosen is the chorus Surely, He hath born our Griefs from Handel's Messiah.

12. How do I organise an audition?
Download the audition information and registration form from this web site, complete it and post it in or fax it to the choir office. You may also ring the choir office on 3895 8188 if you need to organise an audition at short notice.

13. When will I know if I have been successful?
We endeavour to advise all applicants of the result of their audition within 7-10 days.

14. Do I need to have a trained voice to sing in the choir?
No. It is not necessary to have a trained voice, but some knowledge of vocal technique is certainly an advantage. Good choral voices are not necessarily large nor trained, but rather flexible and even in tone with the capacity to blend with other voices. The choir is made up of many different types of voices and includes tertiary-trained singers as well as those who have had no training at all.

15. Do I need to be able to read music?
Considering the amount of music that the choir needs to prepare and perform in any year, it would be very difficult for someone with no knowledge of musical notation to cope with the speed at which the choir has to work. Some basic knowledge of note values and pitch notation is necessary.

16. Do I have to be able to sight-sing fluently?
No this is not essential but is certainly a great advantage as it will reduce the amount of private study/practise you will need to do in order to learn your parts. However, the essential thing is that you learn your parts accurately whether by sight-singing or much repetition.

17. Is there any help within the choir for those whose knowledge of musical notation is very basic?
Yes, there are a number of professional music teachers who are members of the choir, who are willing to help other members understand more complex details of notation. Assistance is also given, where possible, with obtaining recordings of the works to be performed for study purposes and even recordings of individual voice parts when available. The website cyberbass.com is useful for learning parts for major works. The choir also organises workshops for members to provide some training in vocal technique.

18. How much will it cost me to join the choir?
Choir members pay an annual subscription fee of $200. This must be paid at the first rehearsal before any music can be issued. There are also costs incurred in the purchase/hire of the ladies uniforms. Men are required to provide their own black/dinner suit and bow tie. Members in the age range 18-25 years are offered free membership, but pay a refundable $50 deposit to cover music costs.

19. Is there any help given with voice training?
The choir endeavours to provide professional help to singers from time to time by inviting professional voice teachers to give advice during rehearsals. However, opportunities to do this are extremely limited due the intensity of the rehearsal schedule.

20. How often does the choir rehearse?
Rehearsals are held every Monday from 7.15pm to 9.45pm at the Merthyr Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Rd. New Farm. Additional rehearsals are often held in the lead up to big events and these rehearsals are generally held on Thursday nights. When smaller choruses are formed they also generally rehearse on Thursday evenings. Choristers are also expected to practise in their own time between rehearsals.

21. What should I bring to rehearsal?
Please bring all music, a water bottle if desired, a 2B pencil and an eraser.

22. What if I can't make it to a rehearsal or a concert?
The choir prides itself on providing a professional service and as such a high level of dedication is required from all choir members. That said, it is understood that occasionally choristers may be unable to attend rehearsals or concerts. However as a general rule, choristers are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of rehearsals for each concert. Exceptions are at the discretion of the Musical Director.

23. When do rehearsals commence?
The first rehearsal for 2014 is on Monday 10th February. On this occasion choristers are asked to arrive between 6.30pm and 7.00pm to enable registration and other administrative procedures to be completed prior to commencement of the rehearsal.

24. What do I wear to a concert?
Ladies can purchase a choir uniform which should be worn with stockings and closed toe black shoes. We do not recommend very high heels as you may be required to stand up for some time. Please do not wear flashy jewellery or heavy perfumes/colognes. Gentlemen are required to wear a black suit and shoes, white shirt and black bow tie.

25. Am I expected to help run the choir?
Everyone is expected to assist with fund raising, promotion of concerts and tickets sales for our own concerts, but the overall day to day management is handled by a group of volunteers from the singers who form the Choir Management Group. An elected board made up of both singer and non-singer members provides the overall management control.

26. Can I get concert tickets at reduced prices?
Yes, choir members are able to purchase tickets at reduced rates for those concerts we promote ourselves. The promoters of other concerts in which the choir sings also frequently offer tickets at reduced prices..