When you're ready to audition, let us know in person or via email at email@example.com.
FCS currently operates as a hybrid between barbershop choruses, which typically audition singers on a rolling basis, and set-oriented choral ensembles, which typically audition singers in bulk at the beginning of each year. In practice, this means we audition new singers over the first 2-3 weeks of each concert set, then we close the gates to let the group's sound gel without fear of continual roster changes.
As of 2017, our concert and audition schedule looks as follows:
- Spring Set. January - April (approximately). Auditions in early January.
- Summer Set. May - August (approximately). Auditions in early May.
- Fall Set. September - November (approximately). Auditions in early September.
We rehearse primarily on Monday nights and approximately once per month on Saturday mornings (to give us a chance to experience SF together by day!). Each concert set will culminate in one or more concerts here in San Francisco, will likely include a barbershop contest (local, regional, or international), and may infrequently include an additional local gig.
As of Fall 2017, there is no formally stated minimum attendance requirement. This is a group of passionate singers who enjoy participating in the things we do together; we leave it up to each performer to determine if he is able to meet a reasonable bar of commitment for each set. That said, we're happy to give you our opinion if you're unsure!
Your audition will take place outside of rehearsal in front of a small group of chorus leaders. Please coordinate with us to schedule your audition in advance.
Your audition will consist of the following facets:
Vocalises. We'll guide you through some scales, rhythmic-pattern exercises, and pitch-pattern exercises. No preparation is needed for this facet.
Solo. Prepare a ~30-second solo snippet from a song of your choosing. We'll have you sing this for us a cappella, without accompaniment. Any style is welcome (classical, pop, musical theater, etc.). Finally, we ask that you truly perform the song, not just sing it! This facet will give us a sense of your personality as a performer.
Quartet. FCS does music from many genres, but for your audition, we'll have you sing your voice part on I'd Love to Live in Loveland, a piece that's true to our barbershop roots. We'll have you sing the song memorized in a quartet with three other singers (who will fill out the other three parts). After the first run-through, we'll give you feedback and ask you to you sing through certain portions again as needed.
Here are the learning materials for I'd Love to Live in Loveland: