Joining Endeavour Harmony Chorus - Come and sing with us !
Our February 2017 intake is fully subscribed, but if you are interested in joining us, we'd love to hear from you! Please contact us via our New Member Enquiry Form. We will add you to our wait list and let you know when the next intake is.
Read on to find out more about our chorus, frequently asked questions, and our chorus Vision and Values via the document at the end of this page.
Benefits of chorus membership
- Sing with one of Australia's premier a cappella vocal groups
- Ongoing quality vocal instruction
- Performance / showmanship training
- Improve self esteem and confidence
- Make new lasting friendships
- Fun and rewarding Tuesday night singing
- Learn a variety of songs
- Improve your health and fitness (singing is a physical activity!)
- High quality learning media
- One night during the week that is for just for you!
- Coaching by international vocal and performance coaches
- Performance opportunities
- An escape from the everyday
Are you ready to learn?
Tuesday nights are very educational and you will learn about:
- Posture and breathing
- Vowel sounds and diphthongs
- Rhythm and tempo
- Showmanship and physical expression
- Much more!
What should I bring to chorus nights each week?
- A bottle of water
- Wear comfortable loose fitting clothes
- Have a light meal before you come to rehearsals
- Please DO NOT wear perfume or scented hairspray
- Wear comfortable shoes
- Wear your name badge (provided to you)
- A personal recorder (once you have joined)
Frequently asked questions about joining the chorus
What’s the purpose of the group?
We are a World Class a-cappella Chorus passionate about providing excellence in entertainment. Read our chorus vision and values at the end of this page.
Do I need to read music?
Whilst music reading skills are useful, it is not a requirement to be able to read music, as we provide audio learning tracks, however it is helpful to know what the notes are on the page. We provide copies of the sheet music if requested.
Do I need to be a “trained” singer?
No. The requirements to join are the ability to sing in tune, and to “hold your part”. We all have to start somewhere.
Singing well, with good vocal production, is important to us in order to continually improve our chorus sound. We provide education in vocal production during each rehearsal.
There is an audition process, but this is done in private. Don't be put off! Most of the women in our group come from the 'School of Shower Singers'. You'll never know unless you give it a go!
As we are a performing group, we also require a sense of rhythm and you'll need to learn a simple dance routine. We help you to sing with confident, expressive body language.
What is the commitment?
Each chorus member:
- Is committed to attending rehearsals each week and makes every effort to do so.
- Learns new music and the visual plan by the designated date.
- Gives undivided attention to the person in front of the chorus (eg director, choreographer etc).
- Always gives her personal best.
- Understands that being a member of EHC is more of a passion than a ‘hobby’ and requires commitment.
- Is friendly and respectful of all chorus members.
- Works on improving her vocal and performance skills outside of rehearsal.
- Is willing to try new things to keep getting better as a singer and performer.
- Maintains a positive attitude and stifles negativity.
- Is a ‘self starter’ and gets things done on her own without needing constant reminding
What is the audition process?
Step 1 Voice analysis
1. Checking for tuning ability, sense of rhythm, and also what vocal range you have, so we can allocate you into the correct part. Once you are passed this step, we give you two songs to learn. You get downloadable MP3 learning tracks, word sheets and sheet music. You learn the songs from the MP3 learning tracks. We give you lots of information and help on learning music and the other requirements to be part of our chorus!
Following Step 1, you then attend chorus night's each Tuesday evening to rehearse with the chorus and receive education in singing and performing.
Step 2 (4 weeks later)
2. Step 2 involves checking you have learned your part and can sing it accurately. We do this by you recording yourself at chorus with the group, into a recorder (eg your smart phone) and we analyse this for accuracy and tuning. (You dont have to sing on your own in front of others).
There is also a visual audition component. Choreography is an important part of our performances, and the ability to use physical and facial expression when singing is important as well. We teach you all of this. The audition includes a simple dance routine and observations of your singing posture and facial expression.
Once you have passed step 2, then you continue your training and learn more songs over the next 12 weeks before finally becoming a full member of the chorus.
Is it for me?
We have members from all walks of life and in all stages of their lives. From high school seniors, and new mums through to over 60's. We have teachers, scientists, a Doctor, a Vet, stay at home mums, students, and everything in between. As long as you love singing, enjoy a challenge, are willing to learn, and want to be part of a high performance team, Endeavour Harmony is for you!
What are the characteristics of our artform?
- Our songs are sung 'a cappella' (voices only, without accompaniment)
- We don’t hold music when we sing
- We have a harmony part above the melody line
- We have great flexibility in how we interpret the songs we sing
- We can accommodate very low voices
- We place an emphasis on showmanship and physical performance aspects of singing
- We use movement / choreography in many of our songs
What are the four parts?
Tenor sings the high harmony part above the leads.
Lead sings a harmony part that is the melody line most of the time.
Baritone sings the harmony part above and below the leads.
Bass sings the low harmony part.
Each part suits certain voice types, and we will help you find which part suits your voice best.
Please contact us to enquire about joining. We'd love to hear from you!
What Does It Cost?
The 6 week new member program costs $40. This covers your music, learning media and lessons during the program.
Full membership to EHC costs $50 per month. Considering the vocal tuition each member receives at weekly rehearsals, at the very least joining the chorus provides you with very reasonable vocal lessons! Initially there is also a one-off payment of $210 to cover your first year’s membership to Sweet Adelines International (the international organisation that we are a member of). Under 25's pay $140 on joining and $35 per month.
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