Joining the Chorale

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Enrollment dates, or Open Calls, are sessions open to the public where new members can join the Chorale. They typically fall on the first two Monday evenings at the beginning of each trimester.

  • Our joining process is friendly — we do not have a formal audition process. You do not need to bring your own music, nor sing a prepared piece.
  • You will be greeted by our Membership Committee when you arrive, and will be asked to fill out a few forms and be provided access to our Membership Handbook.
  • New members then meet with our Artistic Director to determine voice section placement.
  • All singing members should have a good sense of pitch and be willing to learn to read music.
  • We are a SATB chorus (soprano, alto, tenor, bass).
  • Once confirmed as a member, the Artistic Committee or Music Librarian will provide assistance with sheet music and music folder.
  • Each Open Call session is immediately followed by a regular rehearsal at 7 pm, where the whole Chorale will be in attendance. This will be your first rehearsal.

Next Open Calls

  • September 9, 2019 at 6:00-7:00 pm
  • September 16, 2019 at 6:00-7:00 pm

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 W 13th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this an audition?
No, this is not an audition. You will not be required to perform a prepared piece and there are no examinations of musical ability. The Artistic Director will play a piece on the piano and you will be asked to sing along. The Artistic Director will be mainly listening to see if you can match pitch. It’s pretty laid back, so don’t be frightened!

Do I have to be able to read music?
No, though its great if you can! Once you join the chorale you will be asked to learn some basic music reading skills.

How often do you practice?
We practice once a week, on Monday nights, between 7:00 and 9:30 pm. Members are also required to attend sectional rehearsals. On average, there are about four (4) sectionals a trimester.

Is there an attendance policy?
Yes there is. Members are allowed to miss two (2) rehearsals a trimester. Once you miss a third rehearsal you are required to meet with either the Artistic Director or your Section Leader before you can continue to sing with us.

Where do you rehearse?
We practice at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1502 West 13th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806

Who can I talk to if I still have questions?
If you have any other questions about joining please send us an email.