Frequently Asked Questions
How do I join? (auditions)
Redmond Chorale is a "semi-auditioned" ensemble. For interested new singers, simply come at 7PM to one of the first three Monday night rehearsals at the start of a concert season and stay after rehearsal for a truly painless 10 minute group audition! You do not need to prepare a piece to sing. The group audition will consist of vocalization exercises. See our
online calendar for specific dates and times.
Redmond Chamber Singers
Redmond Chorale recently launched the Redmond Chamber Singers, an auditioned small ensemble distinct from the main choir. Singers who enroll for the entire 3-season Redmond Chorale concert year are invited to audition for the Redmond Chamber Singers. The Redmond Chamber Singers are re-auditioned every year in the fall, regardless of past participation, with the goal of forming a balanced ensemble who will remain together throughout the choral year. To audition, prepare a piece to sing unaccompanied (past auditionees have sung Amazing Grace, Danny Boy, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, etc) and then you and Dr. Laurie will do some warm-ups, sight singing, and an ear/echo "test." Total (private) audition time is 15 minutes, times/locations are varied. Details and signup link are sent in the fall ShoutOut.
Who should join?
Anyone wanting an opportunity to sing and perform, regardless of level of experience, should join the Redmond Chorale. Many people join as a way to get involved in the Greater Redmond community because of the Chorale's mission to partner with other Eastside organizations.
The Redmond Chorale is a semi-auditioned performance group. Many members have musical backgrounds (studied music history or played guitar, for example) previous choral experience, but some are new enthusists! Redmond Chorale has a full spectrum of experience. We welcome teens through retirees, and have several families sing all together with us.
With us, you will find a kind group of people joined together in a common love of music and community. Each concert season presents a new opportunity to sing with us. Redmond Chorale is distinguishing itself as a musical community on the Eastside and in Greater Seattle. As our favorite emcee says when we are introduced, "We are more than a community choir... we are the Community's Choir!"
Do I need to have experience singing in order to join?
A typical new singer might think/say "My voice is rusty after years of not singing." "My voice is different than it used to be." "I don't know how to read music." To this, we reply "JOIN US!" These are surprisingly temporary conditions. The most musical choirs are made up of individuals with individual voices and qualities.
We encourage people of all backgrounds to join us, and no formal training is necessary. We invite people who want a sense of musical community, and for many of our members, singing in the Redmond Chorale is their very first experience performing as part of a rehearsed ensemble.
How many performances do you give?
The Redmond Chorale performs three concerts a year: a holiday concert in early December, a spring concert in mid-April, and a summer "pops" concert in late June. Members can sing for one, two, or three concerts as your schedule allows. Usually people start and then get hooked and decide to stay for all three! See our home page for the season overview.
When can I join?
We accept new members during the first few weeks of rehearsals for a concert season. Below we list when rehearsals start for each season:
online calendar for specific dates and times.
Holiday concert season - rehearsals start Labor Day Monday in September
Spring concert season - rehearsals start the second Monday of January
Pops concert season - rehearsals start around the fourth Monday in April
What is the attendance policy?
This is so important we've made it its own page! Please view the attendance policy page.
What does it cost to join?
Donations and corporate matching frees our little not-for-profit organization to channel funds we raise at our concerts to go directly into the needs of the community instead of toward covering our administrative costs. If this financial donation presents a financial burden that would hinder your participating with us, please inquire about a partial scholarship or similar assistance.
We accept online payments as well as credit card, cash, or check at our first few rehearsals. This donation is fully deductible and is eligible for corporate matching funds from your or your spouse's employer who participates in matching donations. For this reason, donations are non-refundable.
$200 for the entire concert year, plus 3 hours of choir service.* (Save $25 with this advanced commitment!)
$75 for current concert season, plus an hour of choir service.*
$35 for each additional family member each concert season, plus an hour of choir service.*
*Choir service = rehearsal set-up/clean-up, help from family/friend on your behalf, committee or board member, etc.
$300 for the Redmond Chamber Singers (includes main choir payment.)
When and where are rehearsals?
See our online calendar for specific dates and times. Typically, rehearsals are 7-9 pm every Monday at Church of Holy Cross Episcopal in Redmond (11526 162nd Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052).
What are rehearsals like?
We open the rehearsal with group warmups. Sometimes we hold sectionals (small group rehearsals divided up by voice type). There is always a pianist at rehearsals and as-needed for performances, and sometimes the repertoire calls for other instruments. Our Director Laurie is hilarious. It's fun!
How can I stay informed about upcoming auditions and rehearsals?
Read and subscribe to our ShoutOuts. These are email newsletters that we send quarterly and before each concert. To receive ShoutOuts, join our email list in the box at the bottom of the page.