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Join Whatcom Chorale

If you are a singer, this could be the place for you. Whatcom Chorale is always looking for dedicated singers to join our ranks.

Looking to express your musical side?

The chorale sings very diverse music each concert, and the selections are always challenging and exciting to perform for our enthusiastic audience. Our members are fun, hard working singers that get their reward by performing at the top of their game.

Audition and Time Requirements of Members

To become a member, there is an audition process that all members must complete. However, before that process is done, you should understand the member requirements. The chorale meets for rehearsal on Tuesday evenings during the concert season (September through June). Rehearsals are from 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM and are held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, on Walnut Street in Bellingham, Washington. There are no rehearsals during the summer. As a member, you will be expected to regularly attend the majority of rehearsals. Concerts are given three or more times yearly, as determined by the artistic director and with board approval.  Singing is a full-season commitment.  It is expected that once you're accepted into the chorale you will participate in all the major performances of the year.  

Whatcom Chorale, its Board, and Artistic Director are dedicated to give you what you need to succeed and grow as a singer and member of Whatcom Chorale, and they expect the same in return from all its members.  We work and sing hard, and are looking for people who want to be a part of a fun group of people focused on the music.

The next opportunity to audition as a prospective new member will be Monday, September 11, 2017 between 5:00 and 8:00 PM. Other arrangments can be made for other times if this evening is not a possiblity.  All Auditions are also held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.  Male singers are especially encouraged to consider joining us.

For your audition you are expected to have prepared a song to perform for the Artistic Director and the Rehearsal Associate.  There will be a piano accompanist available for your use. Please bring a photocopy of your piece for their reference.  The Artistic Director may also assess your sight reading skills, and vocal range as part of the audition.  

To schedule an audition appointment: call Kristi at (360) 595-8345, or by email.

Tuition

Members pay an annual fee of $190 to sing with Whatcom Chorale. Tuition can be paid in full by September 30th, or in installments, by arrangement with the registrar, over the course of the singing year. Part of this fee is used to purchase music, which becomes a part of the chorale library and the remainder helps to fund concerts and rehearsal space, accompanist, assistant director and artistic director salaries.

Partial scholarships are available. The scholarship tuition reductions may be obtained by privately asking the registrar. The Board intends that no eligible member be turned away because of financial hardship.

Tuition of $190 covers the entire singing season. Singers commit to the full season to assure unity of sound and balance between sections.  If you are accepted into the chorale in January, and therefore only singing 2 quarters, the tuition is $140.  Single quarter singers would pay $70, but that rate is only available for those joining the chorale in March.