How much time does membership involve?
The 2019-2020 season will include three performances of a holiday concert on December 13,14 & 15, 2019, and two performances of a spring concert on April 25 & 26, 2020. As part of our holiday series, we will also present a family holiday concert suitable for all ages on Saturday afternoon, December 14.
As well, the Chorale participated in the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium Seattle Sings event in Seattle on Saturday afternoon, October 12, 2019. Attendance at this event, which occurs every other year, is strongly encouraged, but we understand that weekend commitments may make this impossible.
The Chorale and Ovation Musical Theater Bainbridge co-host the annual Community Caroling event on Saturday afternoon, December 21, at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church in Winslow. All ages attend this free, old-fashioned carol sing, with donations suggested to benefit Helpline House. Chorale members are encouraged to participate with their families if they are available.
The Chorale-hosted annual Messiah Sing-along will be presented on Saturday evening, 7 pm, December 28, 2019. This popular event is open to the community and attracts singers from all over the area. Chorale members are encouraged to participate if they are able.
Our major annual fundraiser will be held on Saturday evening in March 28, 2020. Members are asked to participate in the fundraiser in some way, either by attending, inviting friends, helping with procurement or event management, or by donating cash or items for auction.
We will also host a series of three choral reading sessions in July and August which are open to the community as well as Chorale members. These are reading sessions – no preparation necessary, just come and sing the material we provide. Attendance is optional, but it’s a lot of fun and we encourage members to attend and welcome non-Chorale members.
Regular rehearsals for the Spring 2020 session will be held weekly on Monday evenings from 7:15 to 9:30 at Bethany Lutheran Church. Sectional rehearsals may be scheduled on Mondays just before full rehearsals, from approximately 6:15 to 7 pm. Attendance at Monday evening rehearsals and dress rehearsals is mandatory, unless excused for illness or family- or work-related emergencies.
What else is expected of a member?
The Chorale depends on its members for the majority of ticket sales. Several weeks before concert dates, members are given tickets to sell and instructions for selling the tickets and turning in the money and unsold tickets.
The Chorale also depends on its members for a variety of other necessary functions. Some examples are setting up and breaking down risers at concert venues, providing modest refreshments at rehearsals, distributing posters to businesses to advertise concerts, and soliciting advertising for the concert programs.
An $85 fee for each session (i.e., Fall, Spring, sometimes a Summer session) is due from each member at the time of registration. For couples (or two members of the same household) the fee is $150. We also encourage those who are able to register at the Silver ($110) or Gold ($135) Member Patron level. Tuition assistance is available for those with financial need. Members also purchase performance attire (about $45 for women’s tops, men wear purchased or rented tuxedos) and music folders (about $25). Some sizes of women’s tops are available to loan for a session or two, if needed.
Where can I get answers if I have further questions?
The Bainbridge Chorale maintains an office that is staffed part-time, You can can request additional information or ask that someone contact you by leaving a message at the office phone number, 206-780-CHOR (206-780-2467), or you can email email@example.com.
How do I sign up for an audition?
An audition is required for membership in the Chorale.
Auditions are generally held before the first and/or second rehearsal of each session (Monday, January 6, for the Spring 2020 session) or sometimes in July and August (before the Bainbridge Sings events) for the fall session.
Please print, complete, and bring to your audition the Bainbridge Chorale vocal assessment form.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Already a member?
Registration instructions may be found on the Members page.
We’re looking forward to singing with you!