Tips for Singers

What can I do to get the most out of rehearsal time?

Cheryl asks that we focus attention on the many elements of vocal production, some of which are:

Where can I get some help with my music?

Here is an article that is useful: 7-Steps to Learn Music/Language Learning Tips

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How many concerts do we have each year?

  1. Our fall semester concert is Music for the Feast. This concert features a major choral work, and interspersed between our pieces are audience sing-alongs of traditional Christmas carols. We are often accompanied by an orchestra or brass. We offer three performances; Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday evening. We sell out every year, so be sure you get tickets for your friends and family early!
  2. In the Spring, we collaborate with the Santa Cruz County Symphony to perform a major choral work. In the past we have performed works such as Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky, Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, Mozart's Mass in C minor, the Verdi Requiem, and the Poulenc Gloria.
  3. There is often a "Summer Chorus" which involves a tour or special performance.
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What do we wear for concerts?

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What about Concert Etiquette?

Please DO:

Body Language:

Best Practices:

Please DO NOT:

Who produces the concerts?

We produce Music for the Feast in December. A tremendous amount of work goes into the production. Some of the responsibilities include:

Much of this work is done by volunteers from the chorus, including members of the Steering Committee. A concert costs several thousand dollars to produce, and our goal is to break even or better. To help cover our costs, we sell advertising in the programs, ask our friends and family members to usher, and get as much material donated as possible. We can't afford to give complimentary tickets to friends and family members of chorus members, but we do try to keep ticket prices reasonable.

The Santa Cruz County Symphony produces its own concert in the spring in which we joyfully participate.