Come join our Jazz Choir's 2020/2021 Fall Program!

Auditions:  we are open to new singers up until October 6, 2020.  

Start date: Tuesday Sept 22

Are you an experienced singer who loves jazz, or maybe a former member of our group or another choir, who is eager to get singing again?  Then consider joining our fall remote vocal jazz project.  

Many choirs are taking a sabbatical, but Whatcom Sound Jazz will keep honing our skills to prepare for performance.  With community singing opportunities rare during Covid-19, here is your chance to:

  • Become part of our unique musical ensemble

  • Fine tune your vocal skills

  • Deepen your knowledge about jazz

  • Learn new repertoire

  • Get ready to perform a dynamic set of jazz tunes

Modified audition process during Covid-19

Part 1 Prepared song recording

  • Prepare a jazz standard of your choice, in your most comfortable range

  • Make a recording, with or without background track (tip- use i-real pro for backing track)

  • Video preferred (just audio okay too).

  • Submit your recording by uploading to private You-Tube channel, GoogleDrive, OR Drop Box.

  • Send to whatcomsoundjazz@gmail.com, along with a little background about your vocal and musical experience.

  • Successful applicants will be invited to Part 2.

 

Part 2 Zoom-dition

  • One-on-one Zoom interview with the Artistic Director

  • Range-testing and vocalizations

Please contact whatcomsoundjazz@gmail.com for more information, or to send your recorded song for audition.  We'd love to hear from you.

Expectations and commitment

Our group normally rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 in Bellingham.   During the Covid-19 pandemic and until it is safe to meet again in person, we'll meet remotely at 7:00PM on Tuesdays.  In addition during Covid, singers schedule private sessions, at mutually agreed upon times, with the Artistic Director for guidance on their individual progress.  We are using this time to fine-tune our sound and get ready for our best performances yet!   More info on the Remote Fall Program

In normal times, sectionals or small group trios or quartets are organized by singers, depending on the needs in each section.   Close to performances, we often add extra rehearsals which are optional, but the majority of singers do attend them.  Each member is important to the overall sound of the group; singers are expected to be at the majority of rehearsals and all performances, which are announced well in advance.   Currently in-person sectionals and performances are suspended due to the pandemic, but individual practice is expected.   Singers are encouraged to connect remotely within their sections to review parts and trouble spots and help one another.

Singers are expected to be able to read music well enough to learn notes and rhythms independently, and to memorize all their music for performances.

 

Singers pay membership fees twice annually for the fall and spring programs.  Membership fees cover expenses such as our rehearsal venue, director, accompanist and rhythm section musicians.  We understand the financial challenges some singers are facing at this time due to Covid-19.  Sponsorship options or sliding scale may be available to reduce membership fees for otherwise qualified singers.

Contact  whatcomsoundjazz@gmail.com or call Michael at 360-961-1559 for more information.

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