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 couple forms.
  • 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 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.
  • Our Membership Handbook has more information on the Chorale.

Next Open Calls

Due to Covid-19 our 3rd trimester Open Calls have been delayed until further notice. Please use the contact form on our contact page to ask for updates. Thank you!

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. We also have 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 three (3) rehearsals a trimester. Once you miss a fourth rehearsal you will meet with the Artistic Director to discuss your progress. If you miss five (5) rehearsals in a trimester, you will not be able to sing in the concert unless you get a waiver from the Board.

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 contact us.