Joining Endeavour Harmony Chorus - Come and sing with us !
Our next intake is in June /July 2017! If you love to sing, enjoy a challenge, are willing to learn, and want to be part of a high performance team, Endeavour Harmony is for you! This will be our last intake before our trip overseas to St Louis in October 2018. Read on to find out more about our chorus, audition requirements, frequently asked questions, and our chorus Vision and Values via the document at the end of this page.
Please contact us using the form to right on this page, to enquire about joining. We'd love to hear from you!
Ready to get cracking? As the first step, please read the pre-audition information and go ahead and send in your recording! Details attached in the 'Pre audition info sheet'.
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 are our expectations of members?
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 about performances and competitions?
We have various performances throughout the year around Sydney and we hold a big show normally in October or June each year. We encourage members to sign up for whichever performances they can manage. In respect to competitions, we enter the National Competition normally every 2 or 3 years. It is normally held over a weekend in May, although the weekend can differ from year to year. We also sometimes enter the Sydney Eisteddfod. Although we would love every members to attend contest we know it's not possible. The main thing is you can commit to Tue evening rehearsals and then attend which ever performances you can manage.
If you are keen on overseas travel, there is an opportunity to do that as well!. As the current National Champions, we are invited to represent Australia on the International Stage at the World Championships to be held in St Louis, October 2018. That's where are headed next year! (We came in 10th place in 2015 Las Vegas).
Step 1 - Voice analysis
We start with you learning a very short piece of music by ear. The learning tracks are accessed online and you record your self (eg on your smart phone or voice recorder) and email in the MP3 file. We analyze your voice for tuning, timbre, accuracy. Once through this step, you are invited to attend our open evening and be voice placed in person.
At the personal voice placing, we check what vocal range you have, and allocate you into the correct part (Tenor, Lead, Baritone or Bass).
STEP 2 - learn a song
After the personal voice placing we give you two songs to learn and sing each week at rehearsal with the chorus. You get downloadable MP3 learning tracks, word sheets and sheet music. You learn the songs from the MP3 learning tracks at home and practice with the chorus each Tue night. We give you lots of information and help on learning music and the other requirements to be part of our chorus! There are between four and six lessons each Tue night, in addition to singing so attending each Tuesday evening is important to rehearse with the chorus and receive education in singing and performing.
STEP 3 (4 weeks later)
Step 3 involves checking you have learned your part and 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 the above steps, 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 $50. This covers your music, learning media and lessons during the program.
Full membership to EHC costs $50 per month. Considering the education each member receives at weekly rehearsals, and the expert overseas coaching provided, fees are very reasonable! 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.