Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Why would I want to sing with the Calgary Men's Chorus (CMC)?
  2. Do I need to be gay or bi to join the CMC?
  3. Do I need to have previous singing experience?
  4. Do I need to be able to read music?
  5. Does the Calgary Men's Chorus provide any vocal training?
  6. Is there an audition?
  7. Are there social events?
  8. Does the CMC do any out-of-town performing?
  9. When and where are the rehearsals?
  10. Could I drop in and observe a rehearsal?
  11. What is the financial commitment?
  12. Is financial assistance available?
  13. What is the minimum age to join the CMC?
  14. If I join, can I not have my name listed (web site, concert programs)?
  15. How many members does the CMC have?
  16. What kinds of music does the CMC perform?
  17. How many times does the CMC perform each season?
  18. When can new members join the CMC?
  19. Does the CMC give back to the community?
  20. Are there any non-singing volunteer roles?

1. Why would I want to sing with the Calgary Men's Chorus (CMC)?
Singing with the CMC is a lot of fun and it's a very rewarding experience check out our Top 10 Reasons to Sing with Us.

2.  Do I need to belong to the LGBT community to join the CMC?
Most of our singers are LGBT (Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered) but we welcome men of all sexual orientations.

3.  Do I need to have previous singing experience?
No, you just need to have enthusiasm and commitment, and have a good ear! You'll learn as you go and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much your singing improves.

4.  Do I need to be able to read music?
Definitely not necessary. About half of our singers cannot read music they learn by ear and they also pick up the basics of reading music along the way.

5.  Does the Calgary Men's Chorus provide any vocal training?
Yes! Our Artistic Director provides instruction and direction at every Tuesday rehearsal. We also have a Vocal Coach who works with us AND we have one or two weekend vocal workshops (usually in Banff) each year.

6.  Is there an audition?
There is no formal audition.  If you unsure of which section your voice would fit best, our Artistic Director can do a quick, private vocal assessment and place you in the appropriate section (tenor 1, tenor 2, baritone or bass). If you're looking for a welcoming and supportive singing environment, this is it!

7.  Are there social events?
Of course! They include events like potlucks, house parties, and barbeques.

8.  Does the CMC do any out-of-town performing?
Yes! Every four years we perform at the Canadian Unison Festival (Edmonton 1998, Toronto 2002, Vancouver 2006, Winnipeg 2010, Ottawa 2014) and every four years we perform at the international GALA Choruses Festival (Montreal 2004, Miami 2008, Denver 2012, Denver 2016). Also, in 2006 under the direction of Dr. Timothy Seelig, the CMC performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of a mass choir production of "When We No Longer Touch".   We were once again honoured to be asked to participate in a mass choir in Carnegie Hall in January 2014 as part of the "Requiem for Living" concert.

9.  When and where are the rehearsals?
During our singing year (September to June) we rehearse every Tuesday, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm at the Temple B'Nai Tikvah, 900 - 47 Ave SW (one block west of Elbow Drive on 47 Ave). In addition, the tenors (tenor 1/2) and basses (bariton/bass) each have their own sectional practice every 2nd rehearsal night at 6:30pm for 1/2 hour (prior to the joint rehearsal).  All performances and sectionals are viewable on the chorus calendar.  On an average of once per month we generally have an extra extended weekend rehearsal. If you'd like to contact us to let us know you're coming to a Tuesday rehearsal, please email us at info@calgarymenschorus.org.

10.  Could I drop in and observe a rehearsal?
Yes, of course. Our rehearsals are every Tuesday, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm (September to June) at the Temple B'Nai Tikvah, 900 - 47 Ave SW (one block west of Elbow Drive on 47 Ave). Arrive just before 7:00 pm and ask someone to introduce you to our Artistic Director.  Let him know that you're there to observe. You could leave about half way through (we take a snack break around 8:15 pm) or you could stay until the end.

11.  What is the financial commitment?
Membership dues are $30/month or $240/season*. There is a 10% discount if you pay for the full year in advance.  There is also a $20 music fee*. Other expenses include the weekend workshops (usually in Banff) and sometimes performance clothing. Yes, financial assistance is available (please see the next question). You also need to supply: solid black dress shoes (sorry, casual shoes won't do), solid black (no pattern) dress pants (they cannot be cotton pants), black dress belt (not a casual belt).  Occassionally other wardrobe items need to be purchased at your expense.  Retreats and out-of-town trips are optional, but at the member's expense.  However, these are often subsidized by the chorus.
* Our seasons are typically September to December and January to May.

12.  Is financial assistance available?
Yes, the Calgary Men’s Chorus endeavors to be an inclusive and accessible group. The "Brotherhood Fund" exists to provide financial assistance to singing members who have difficulty covering the costs associated with being a CMC member (membership fees, workshop fees, wardrobe, etc.).

13.  What is the minimum age to join the CMC?
You need to be at least 18 years old to join the CMC.

14.  If I join, can I choose to NOT have my name listed (web site, concert programs)?
Yes, of course. And if you don't want to be in the photos we put on our web site, that's fine too.

15.  How many members does the CMC have?
As of January 2015, we have over 60 members.

16.  What kinds of music does the CMC perform?
We perform a very wide range of music (view performance video clips of us on YouTube) and in a typical season we'll usually sing in at least two languages other than English. Yes some pieces are quite challenging, but once we get them (and we always do), it is extremely rewarding! Come to one of our two annual concerts (December and June) our search for us on YouTube to discover the kinds of music we sing.

17.  How many times does the CMC perform each season?
We generally have two annual concerts in December and June. We also have several smaller performances during a typical season* (as guests of other choirs, etc.)
* Our seasons are typically September to December and January to May.

18.  When can new members join the CMC?
Generally, we accept new members every September and January, but if you're an experienced singer you may be able to join at other times. Please contact our Artistic Director to discuss this.

19.  Does the CMC give back to the community?
Yes, this is very important to us!  Every year we volunteer to perform in a few charity fundraisers.

20.  Are there any non-singing volunteer roles?
Yes, we need volunteers of all kinds  especially to assist with the production of our two annual concerts. For more information, please see our Fifth Section page.

 

 

 
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