Q: I do not have a strong musical background. I’ve never sung in a chorus before. Should I still audition?
A: Yes! We have had members with music degrees and those that just like to sing in the shower. We provide resources for those who can’t read music and inspire the non-readers to learn how.
Q: How often does BCWC rehearse?
A: We rehearse every Tuesday evening from 6:30pm to 9:30pm with other special rehearsals as needed. We also do a retreat weekend for both concerts that is in town and doesn’t cost a thing.
Q: Are there financial obligations associated with membership?
A: Members of BCWC are required to pay the following:
* Dues for each concert
* Wardrobe cost (varies between concerts)
* We encourage fundraising to help the organization
Financial assistance is available in exchange for volunteer hours for those who need help. Don’t let finances be a reason not to sing.
Q: Do I need to prepare a song for the audition?
A: If you can, that would be great. If not, don’t let it hold you back.
Q: How many people are you looking to take?
A: It all depends on ability and need per section. Currently we are seeking singers for all voice parts (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1 and Alto 2).
Q: Where are the auditions held?
A: St. Paul’s Methodist Church Choir Room; 550t S. Main St. Houston, Tx 77004
Q: What should I wear to the audition?
A: Whatever makes you feel comfortable.
Q: What time should I arrive for my audition?
A: Please arrive no more than 15 minutes ahead of time.
Q: What genre of music should my audition song be?
A: We want you to be comfortable with your song choice. Your song can be classical, pop, opera, Broadway show tunes, etc.
Q: How difficult should the song be?
A: Not difficult at all! Choose one that you are comfortable singing.
Q: Can I sing a capella?
A: We do not recommend you sing a cappella. Many auditionees who sing a cappella tend to sing out of tune. Also, sometimes nerves get the best of someone who wants to audition. Therefore, we strongly recommend you bring sheet music. Please let us know if you can’t find sheet music or a recording for your song. There are always ways that you can still audition if you don’t have these.
Q: What if I can’t find the sheet music for my song? Can I use anything else?
A: We have had auditionees play an instrument to accompany themselves. If you have a music track that you want to play, you are welcome to use that method too. If you are having troubles, please do not let that stop you from auditioning.
Q: Can I sing in a different language?
A: Yes! You can sing in any language you choose.
Q: Who will hear my audition?
A: The BCWC director, Tyler Ruberg, will be auditioning you and the possibility of the section leaders.
Q: What happens during the audition itself?
A: The audition consists of a brief interview, your song selection (or a portion of it), followed by a few exercises which will enable us to assess your vocal range and ability. The whole audition only takes a few minutes and will be over before you know it.
Q: How do I find out whether or not I made it?
A: Once all auditions have occurred, you will receive notice through email.
Q: What happens if I’m not accepted?
A: Please do not be discouraged. While we would love to accept everyone, sometimes that is not possible. You are always welcome to audition again in the future. You may also consider joining BCPA (Bayou City Performing Arts) as a non-singing volunteer. We are a volunteer-driven organization, and we always welcome new members who wish to contribute time to our organization.
Q: Who is allowed to join as a singing member of the chorus?
A: Any singer who identifies as female will be considered. While we are a women’s chorus, we do not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis. If you identify as male, we strongly encourage you to audition for GMCH.
Q: What if I still have more questions?
A: Feel free to contact us with your inquiries at Admin@bcpahouston.org