Vancouver Men's Chorus last year, my life has been forever changed by this amazing Vancouver institution, now celebrating its 31st season! As a proud member, I'm formally inviting all of you guys to come check out the VMC at our annual Open Rehearsals starting Wednesday, September 14, 2011!
So what are Open Rehearsals? Well, if you wanna come see if singing as part of the VMC is for you, now's your chance! All singers of all backgrounds and experience - whether you're a seasoned performer or a complete newbie - are welcome. When you arrive, you will be partnered up with someone from the Chorus that will show you the ropes; that way, you won't be completely on your own. If you decide to take things further and wish to join the VMC, you can then sign up for an audition at a later date. (Yes, you do have to audition, but it's not intimidating; basically the audition is to assess your vocal ability and which section of the Chorus you belong based on your vocal range. You will be asked to perform some basic vocal exercises and sing a selection of your choice; if you don't have a preselected song, you can sing 'O Canada'!)
Some of the things to look forward to this season include the annual ScotiaBank AIDS Walk For Life, the Singing Can Be A Drag performance/fundraiser in November, the World AIDS Day Performance on December 1, our annual Making Spirits Bright seasonal concerts, our Spring Concert series, and various outreach events and retreats (including an out-of-town retreat in the Fall). We're also planning to take the show on the road by attending the GALA 2012 Festival in Denver, CO in July!
So why not? Give it a try! It's a lot of fun, you get to express yourself musically, and you'll be in the company of some of the nicest, most welcoming guys that I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.
VMC Open Rehearsals happen September 14, 21, 28, 7:15pm at the Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut Street Vancouver BC). For more information, go to http://www.vancouvermenschorus.ca. You can follow the VMC on Facebook and Twitter @VMChorus as well!