We’re so happy you’re interested in joining Key of Q!
Auditions have already passed for the Spring 2018 season. Please continue reading to learn more about our chorus.
Q: I’ve never heard of this chorus before. Who are you and what do you do?
A: We are a small, friendly group of LGBTQ and allied singers who travel from all corners of the Hudson Valley to blend our voices and perform beautiful a cappella music together! Formed at the beginning of 2016, we focus on mostly-modern secular music in four-part harmony. Common themes within our music include equality, love and celebration of our unique identities. We perform at least one major concert per year as well as various small gigs such as at Pride and open mic nights. We rehearse Monday evenings in Kingston from September through June.
Q: Do I need to be able to read music?
A: No, but it will be extremely helpful if you can. We provide recordings of each part to help all members learn and practice their music outside of rehearsal. We move quickly during rehearsal time (on average, one new song is introduced every week), and some of our music is quite challenging! We recommend that members spend at least one hour every week practicing on their own outside of rehearsal. We perform most of our music memorized.
Q: Is there a minimum age to be considered for membership?
A: Yes. At this time, we are only accepting new members 18+ years of age.
Q: Are there any other time commitments involved with membership?
A: Besides individual practice, weekly rehearsals and occasional performances, there may be “sectionals” held a few times over the course of the concert season which bring together those people who sing the same voice part for focused practice sessions. Members also have the opportunity to join one or more Committees devoted to various aspects of running the chorus. While not a “commitment” per se, members also enjoy getting together outside of rehearsals for karaoke and other fun social activities!
Q: What can I expect for my audition and how should I prepare?
A: You should prepare a short excerpt of a song of your choice, no longer than one minute. It can be anything you like. The audition panel members will be happy to give you a starting pitch, but no piano accompaniment will be provided. If you are having trouble picking a song, we would suggest the National Anthem or other similar well-known song.
Besides singing this song, the audition will consist of the Musical Director leading you through a series of exercises designed to check your vocal range, rhythm, and ability to hold a simple 8-bar vocal line (that we teach you) while other parts are being sung. There is no sight-reading component to the audition, though the notation for the 8-bar musical line can be provided to you if it will help you learn it faster. The entire audition will take about 15 minutes.
Q: What can I expect after my audition?
A: We will contact you by email within five days of your audition to let you know the results. Our policy is that all new members undergo a “probationary period” of up to four rehearsals. This gives us all a chance to get to know each other, make sure we all work well together, and hear how our voices blend!
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Dues for the entire year are $100, payable as a lump sum or in installments, with a 10% discount given for upfront payment of the full amount. Dues help to cover the cost of our music, venue-related expenses, publicity and concert materials, among other things. Assistance may be available if the cost is a barrier to membership. If you are accepted into the group in January, dues up to the end of the season are a total of $50.
Q: Can you send me updates about future auditions?
A: Of course! Please join our mailing list.
Thanks for reading!