The Poughkeepsie Chorus is growing, and we always are interested in new members! Male singers of all ages and all walks of life are invited to share in the fun. Our chorus normally meets Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m to 10:00 p.m., at the Crown Heights Clubhhouse, 34 Nassau Road, Poughkeepsie,NY. But double-check here to make sure whether, where, and when we are meeting on a given week.
There are a few steps to becoming a member of the chorus:
You should attend at least three chorus rehearsals before applying for membership. Being an active Newyorkers member requires some commitment (although we do welcome members who are less active owing to their schedules). We want a prospective member to know a little about our art form and our chorus before making that commitment or considering the options. Along the way, we will teach you about barbershop harmony and provide lots of encouragement and help!
When you visit as a guest, the chorus will attempt to place you in the right voice part based on your interest, your voice range, your singing experience, and your ability to sing the melody or a harmony part. To help with the voice placement, we may ask you just to sing a simple song like "Happy Birthday" or try a little harmony singing, but if we do, this will be an informal, low-pressure experience. In the beginning we are more focused on your ear than your voice, so don't worry if you think your voice is a little out of shape!
Sometimes a guest or a member asks to change to a different voice part after trying one part out for a while. That's OK!
Once a guest has decided he would like to join the chorus, he will get some help working toward preparing for his audition. We are a performing organization and do have musical expectations for performing chorus members. But Newyorkers is an educational organization. We work hard with prospective members to encourage them and help them succeed! One note: if a member is under the age of 18, we have a few extra procedures and practices just to make sure that he is appropirately supervised.
AUDITION & APPLICATION
The audition involves singing two songs in your own part from memory in a quartet, which could be a relatively simple song. This is not as big a deal as it may sound. Barbershoppers are good teachers and have a passionate commitment to helping new members experience the joys of singing a cappella harmony! We offer tools like recorded learning tracks and one-on-one coaching. Besides, there is no time limit on how long a prospective member can prepare to audition, and you can audition more than once. The audition is just for a few of our musical leaders, not in front of the whole group.
The guest also will fill out an application form to join the chorus and the Barbershop Harmony Society.
We want to be up front that we do have annual membership dues, which currently amount to about $200. There also are some up-front costs for chorus uniforms. But the dues are discounted by 50% for the first year, and payment plans are available for anybody.
APPROVAL & MEMBERSHIP
The final step in the process is the formal approval of the recommended member by the chorus board of directors. Then it's welcome to our musical brotherhood!
For more information, please contact us by webform, telephone, or email. Click here!
P.S. If you are a woman who is interested in singing barbershop harmony, we invite you to contact our sisters-in-song, the Sweet Adelines: Evergreen Chorus.