Our Next Open Rehearsals will be January 2020

Useful Information for Your First Rehearsal

 

  • We are not required to be able to read music.  Our director works with us on sight-reading for brief portions of our rehearsals, since many members don't read music, or only knew how to read music years ago when they played an instrument in school.  

  • At the first rehearsal, you attend, our director and one other chorus member will listen to and evaluate each singer determining their range and appropriate section, their experience singing with a chorus and willingness to learn. 

 

  • The chorus supplies us with all the music we will need, and it will be mostly new to all of us during the first rehearsals. In the Fall we will be rehearsing for the Winter (Holiday) concert, and in January we start to rehearse for our Spring Concert.

  • Once a singer has decided to join, there are dues.  The dues are $10 per month (we pay for only 10 months of the year since we take July and August off).  However, we do have scholarships for people who cannot pay that amount.  We do not ever let money get in the way of someone joining us.  That is not what our group is about.

  • We have a board of directors, made up of singers.  On the board, we discuss dates for concerts, plans for publicity, recruitment of new members, and policy issues.  The board also oversees the finances of the organization.  Board members can be singing or non-singing members. We are hoping to have many more non-singing board members in the future.  It would take the burden off singers if people who are interested in our mission were on the board and could manage finances, securing venues, selling tickets, marketing etc.  That is the goal for the future.

  • We rehearse at  Plymouth ChurchUCC. The address is 2717 E. Hampshire St., Milwaukee, WI 53211.  It is a nice setting for our rehearsals.  We usually rehearse in the choir room, take the elevator to the second floor and follow the signs. Street Parking is usually available that time of night within a block walk to the church. Rehearsals generally begin at 6 p.m. but feel free to come a little earlier.  As the rehearsal season gets further underway there will be weekly rehearsals for different sections (i.e. tenors, baritones, etc.).  

  • For our Holiday concert, you will need to provide your own black tuxedo, it can be rented or used and we will help you find an affordable option.  At our Spring concert and other performances, we typically wear a logo shirt or t-shirt which can be purchased thru the chorus. 

  • We try to have fun! In order to learn the music and be well prepared for performances, we keep focused during rehearsals without too much chatter among ourselves. You will find we are very social during the break and after rehearsal. We try to create harmony in our music and in our interactions with one another.

 

Questions? Contact us at CoFMenschorus@gmail.com

Milwaukee's chorus for Gay men and allies.  Offering HARMONY in music to help inspire HARMONY in community. City of Festivals Men's Chorus exists to provide a visible presence and a positive voice in and for the Wisconsin LGBT communities.
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