When are your performances?
The chorus presents three major concerts a year, including a concert in the late fall, a cabaret and an early June Pride concert. OurSong also receives many requests to perform at special events in and around the Atlanta area and beyond. Past performances include the Human Rights Campaign annual benefit dinner, the Atlanta PFLAG annual scholarship dinner and special events for the First MCC churches. Please check our upcoming events schedule for a complete list of events.
How do I get tickets for your concerts?
Do you accept donations?
The chorus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. As such the organization may receive tax deductible donations. Many programs exist for donating cash and/or services to the organization. For information on making a donation to the organization please email our Treasurer.
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Will the Chorus sing for me or my organization?
Sure! The chorus is open to invitations to sing for audiences around the world. As a volunteer chorus our available performance time is limited and our calendar fills up quickly each year. For information on booking the chorus or one of the small groups please send us an email or contact us directly at 404.487.8717.
How do I join as a singing member?
Auditions are generally held three times a year. Auditions require a short song chosen by the singer, sight reading and vocalization. While singers are not required to have mastered sight reading, they must be able to understand basic notation (a quarter note, a rest, dynamic markings, etc.) and be able to approximate pitch relative to the note on the page, i.e. if the note goes up, so does the pitch.
What are the time commitments and is there an attendance policy?
We expect all members to attend the weekly full chorus rehearsal on Tuesday evenings and to attend sectional or small ensemble rehearsals as determined by the artistic staff or other designated individuals (cabaret coordinators). However, we realize that conflicts and other commitments will arise. If you miss more than 80% of the rehearsals for a particular concert, you will need to re-audition for the chorus.
Are there opportunities to sing in a small ensemble or solos?
Absolutely. There are opportunities for solos and small group numbers at every OurSong concert. Singers generally notify the artistic staff of their desire to sign in a small ensemble or solo piece and the artistic staff makes its own independent determination regarding the suitability of a particular singer for a particular piece.
Additionally, during the annual Cabaret performance, there are a number of opportunities for solo and small ensemble pieces. Furthermore, the artistic staff is open to input from members of OurSong regarding future musical selections. If you have a piece arranged for SATB chorus that you feel would be especially appropriate for chorus to perform, please notify any member of the artistic staff.
OurSong has performed new, original compositions and arrangements by members of the GLBT communities. The director is always open to reviewing unsolicited original material.
What are the financial obligations for a singing member?
Dues are paid following the start of each concert rehearsal season (there are generally three). Currently, the dues are $75.00 per concert. Financial aid is available. Members may apply for a payment plan, partial or full scholarships.
In addition, the chorus usually takes a “Fall Retreat” weekend in the mountains of North Georgia. The cost for this event is generally approximately $160. Limited scholarships are available to chorus members in good standing.
Other costs: Men wear tuxedos for the two formal concerts each season. Women wear formal all black attire for formal concerts. There may be other small costuming or prop costs for each concert.