FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about joining the Chorus:

What is the purpose of the group?

Our purpose is to sing a high standard of 4-part harmony, barbershop style, for performance, competition and fun.

Do I need to read music?

No. The requirements to join are the ability to sing in tune, and to "hold your part".
 
Singing well, with good vocal production, is important to us in order to continually improve our chorus sound.  We provide education in vocal production, fundamentals of music reading and visual performance techniques during each rehearsal.
 
There is an audition process, but this is done in private.  Don't be put off!  Most of the women in our group come from the 'School of Shower Singers'.  You'll never know unless you give it a go!
 
Redland Rhapsody is a performance group who combine singing with expressive facial and body movement.  We believe that the right visuals help us improve our sound quality.  These techniques create an exciting and dynamic performances.

How much does it cost?

Monthly fees cover our running expenses: hall hire, music costs, costume hire as well as all subsequent annual international and regional fees.  Prospective members pay a small fee for learning tracks and music they receive during the audition process.

How much time do I have to commit?

Rehearsals are every Tueday from 7pm to 10pm and regular attendance is expected.  As a member you are required to learn notes and words for new songs in your own time between rehearsals (at home, in the car, on your way to work).  During the year there will be performances, but members can choose which performances they are able to make.  We encourage the whole chorus to participate in our annual show or competitions.

Is it for me?

We have members from all walks of life and in all stages of their lives: new mums to grandmothers, 20-somethngs to 70-somethings, teachers, scientists, home makers, students, and everything in between.  As long as you love singing, can hold your part and are willing to learn, there is a place for you.

What are the characteristics of our artform?

  • Our songs are sung a cappella (voices only, without accompaniment)
  • We don't hold music when we sing
  • We have a harmony part above the melody line
  • We have great flexibility in how we interpret the songs we sing
  • We can accommodate very low voices
  • We place an emphasis on showmanship and visual performance aspects of singing
  • We use movement and choreography in many of our songs

What are the four parts?

Tenor sings the high harmony part above the Leads.
 
Lead sings a harmony part that is the melody line most of the time.
 
Baritone sings the harmony part above and below the Leads.
 
Bass sings the low harmony part below the baritones.
 
Each part suits certain voice types, and we will help you find which part suits your voice best.
 
Please contact us to enquire about joining.   We'd love to hear from you!
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