1) Can I come to a practice without “committing”? I just want to “kick the tires” first.
• Sure. Just show up. We’ll even let you come back a second time. But if you come back for a third practice, we’re going to expect you to bring brownies and pay your dues. We’ll keep you if the brownies and your check are both good. Capiche?
• Oh, please, no. We only do good music! There are other places you can go if “classical” is your taste. But we do strive to sing all music with excellence and authenticity. That means if we pick a country song, you might hear us scoop and slide with a country twang, because, well, that’s the way it should be done. We’ve had audiences clapping & hooting with This Little Light of Mine. And it was hard not to tear up when we did Mansions of the Lord. This season, you just haven’t lived until you’ve heard us tell the story of the Rhinestone Cowboy. That’s good music, done well.
4) Can I sing with you if I can’t read music?
• Here’s an inside secret: many of our current members can’t “read music” either. If that doesn’t stop them, why should it stop you? We take seriously our mission to promote the love of music in this community. That means we’ll work with you at whatever level of skill you come to us.
5) Can I sing with you if I can’t follow a part?
• Here’s another inside secret: many of our current members have trouble with that too. That’s what rehearsals are for. Give us 6 months and let’s see how much that improves. You’ll be the better for your effort, and so will we.
6) I’ve never sung in a choir before.
• That’s not a question. It’s also not a very good reason not to join us. Our director had never directed a choir before he directed a choir, but that didn’t stop him. See the logic there?
7) I don’t know whether I’m a soprano, alto, tenor, or bass. Can I still sing with you?
• Sure. Just come. We’ll figure out pretty quickly where you’ll fit most comfortably.
8) If you heard me sing, you wouldn’t want me.
• We’ll be the judge of that. Give us a try.
The Giles County Community Chorus is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization.