In order to participate in the current choral season, singers must be able to commit to regular rehearsals, which are held on Tuesday nights from 7pm-9pm . The BCC meets for a holiday season (with rehearsals beginning in October) and a spring season (rehearsals begin in March). Additionally, singers must commit to the current season's concert. BCC concert dates are fixed as follows:
Membership in the Berkeley Community Chorus is open to singers 18 years of age and older from throughout Berkeley County. This is a face-to-face personal and musical gathering to interact through making music together and sharing our experience with our listeners. Singers will be volunteers in the chorus. Leadership roles are given to a Board of Directors elected by the membership; additionally, musical leadership will come from section leaders appointed by the conductor. Chorus members are encouraged to recruit singers and become BCC cheerleaders for arts activities of all kinds.
A large percentage of operating costs will come from membership dues payable at the beginning of each concert season, or half-year amounts for members who join in the spring. Dues will be used primarily for the purchase of music. As an example, one hour-long concert may require 15-20 pieces. One of those pieces per individual copy will average $1.90, resulting in a cost per singer of $28-$38. Two concerts per year are planned; therefore, for a singer to cover the cost of music for two concerts, current dues have been established by the chorus officers at $30 per concert, in effect Fall 2014. Financial hardship issues may be addressed with a chorus officer or the Music Director, in strict confidence for personal privacy.
Auditions will be held in the fall and spring for new members. An audition consists of simple vocalizing to assess the singer’s range and tone quality. This information is used to assign a voice part in soprano, alto, tenor, and bass sections. A prepared solo is optional, and the ability to read music is recommended but not required. Please check here or on our home page for upcoming audition information.