Membership

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Becoming a Member

If you been to a rehearsal or two, and you're ready to take the plunge, here's what to do:

1. Tell the membership chair you're interested. She'll set up a time with the director for an audition, usually before or after rehearsal.

2. Sing for your audition. An audition consists of singing the audition song in your voice part, without sheet music, in a quartet with the other three parts. 

3. When you have passed your audition (you can try more than once), you'll get a membership form to fill out. The membership chair will explain the fees and dues. Return the form and your joining fee to the treasurer.

That's it!

Maybe you're not ready to take the plunge, but you want to just dabble your toes? You can do that. Read about our Seasonal Membership option.


Here's what you need to know about St. Louis Vocal Project

Our Organization

St. Louis Vocal Project is a chapter of Harmony, Incorporated, an international non-profit organization whose purpose is to empower all women through education, friendship, and a cappella singing in the barbershop style. Our chapter belongs to Area 4 of Harmony, Inc., which covers Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, and even a chapter in California.

Each year we compete in the Area 4 Convention and Contest (AC&C) in June, If our score is high enough, we will qualify to compete at the Harmony, Inc. International Convention and Contest (IC&C). We also look for opportunities to perform at community events and local venues around St. Louis.

Who's Who

The chorus is run by a Music Team and an Executive Committee, who together manage the music and non-music operations of the chorus. The key contacts for prospective members are:

Sandi Wright, Music Director (director@stlvocalproject.com, 314-303-0877)
Susie Slavney, President (president@stlvocalproject.com, 314-443-4584)
Suzanne LeLaurin, Membership Chair (membership@stlvocalproject.com, 314-805-3291)
 

Learning the Music

All guests and members have access to a Dropbox folder with learning files. You should print out the PDFs of the music for your own use. It’s not necessary to be able to read music: learning tracks (mp3s) are provided for each voice part on the Dropbox. Most members download these to their phones, but if this doesn’t work for you, someone can put them on a CD for you. Regular attendance is an important factor in learning our music. The Director will help us learn the interpretation of new songs at rehearsals.

Each member is expected to learn the notes and words of the music on her own time. At rehearsals you should be ready to sing your part of any song in the repertoire. New songs should be “off the paper” – memorized – after a couple of weeks. Even after you know the music, you should practice on your own every week, applying what you learned at rehearsal. 

For newcomers, learning the entire repertoire will take time. The Director sends out a Director’s Note each week about what to focus on for the next rehearsal. In addition, just listening to the learning files whenever possible (while driving the car, while working out, while you cook, etc.) will help you learn a number of songs quickly.
 

Audition Process

You may come to rehearsals as a guest as long as you need to. When you think you are ready to audition, let the Director or the Membership Chair know before rehearsal. You will audition in front of the Director (or a listener of her choosing). You will be required to sing your part in a quartet with no written or recorded music.  It will be a private audition with just the other three parts to accompany you in front of the Director. The audition song is ‘We’re Harmony, We’re Strong’ and is available in our Drop Box files.
 

Attendance

Although each of us finds it necessary to miss rehearsal now and then, barbershop music relies heavily on regular attendance.  Songs are often refined and reinterpreted long after they are first taught. Songs you learned long ago need to be practiced regularly to remain vibrant. If you are interested in joining the chorus but you have to miss a rehearsal, please let the Membership Chair know at membership@stlvocalproject.com

Financial Commitment

Harmony, Inc. has annual International dues of $60 and Area dues of $6. St. Louis Vocal Project chapter dues are $10 monthly, and members can pay their chapter dues monthly, quarterly, or annually.

Upon joining, new members are asked to pay the annual Harmony Incorporated International dues of $60 ($30 if age 25 or under) and Area 4 dues of $6. (The joining fee is cut in half if the member is joining in the second half of the fiscal year, which begins April 1.) In the following years each member’s annual International and Area dues will be paid for her by the chorus, using her accumulated chapter dues. The remainder of the chapter dues is used for chorus expenses such as new music and costumes.

The Janet Johnston Memorial Scholarship is offered to qualified singers age 25 and under to offset some or all of the International, Area, and chapter dues.
 

 


 
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