May 19, 2013
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What is Barbershop?
Find out about this fabulous musical art form and the organization of real women who sing real a cappella Barbershop harmony on our What is Barbershop page.
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Here are a number of frequently-asked questions:
Do I have to be a great singer?
No, the voices of Sweet Adelines are used in an ensemble of four part harmony, in the barbershop style. A singer needs to have a good “ear” for music in general, so she can hold her part standing with others of different parts. The four parts come together in a harmonic blend so the individual singer molds her voice to support the sound of the chorus as a whole rather than allowing it to stand out as would the voice of a solo singer. Many different types of voices are necessary to make the full, rich sound of barbershop harmony ring true!
How do I learn the songs? Before a new song is introduced, members are sometimes given the sheet music ahead of time. Some members like to study it or play it on a keyboard. If you do not read music or do not play an instrument, never fear! Recordings of the song are usually available, featured with your part predominant.
Chorus members learn their music in many different ways. Although our musical leaders provide tools and experiences that help us learn, ultimately it is up to each of us to make the learning happen. Regular attendance is an important factor in learning our music. It is at chorus rehearsals that our Artistic Director helps us learn the interpretation of each new song. Section rehearsals help our four-part harmony develop. When a song is new, section leaders often teach individual sections to "sing the part smart" using techniques particular to the voice part and giving attention to troublesome areas.
As a new member, you will have many songs to learn. Be patient with yourself. All of us understand the dilemma, for we remember going through it, too. Take advantage of small group sessions, use your recordings and your sheet music, and realize that it normally takes six months to a year to learn the entire repertoire. Most find that concentrating on one song at a time works better than trying to learn several at once. Ask your section leader or the director for guidance about which songs to learn first.
What is the audition procedure?
After attending Orientation sessions that focus on helping you understand our organization and the vocal techniques used to produce our unique sound, during a rehearsal you will pass an audio tape audition by recording two songs on the risers and will receive feedback on your progress from the section leader. When you are ready for the Audition, you will sing two memorized songs from our current repertoire, and sing them in private with three section leaders for the Artistic Director and Music Committee. Don’t panic! We have all lived through it.
How much personal time will it take?
In addition to weekly rehearsals throughout the year, there is an annual holiday show the first weekend in December and a chorus show in some years. We also participate in a Sweet Adelines regional competition in March or April each year. Every other year, we have a weekend retreat in late summer or early fall to focus on preparing for international competition. We can perform in and around our area about two to four times per year for local festivals, business events, charitable events, as well as participating in Christmas and arts festival events.
What is the cost?
The Kansas City Chorus average dues are $5.00 a week. This dues package includes the Sweet Adelines International yearly Per Capita Fee, our Regional Assessment to help fund Region 7, and the chorus dues. New Members to Sweet Adelines International receive a $30 New Member credit which pays for the first three months of chorus dues.