HOW TO BECOME A SINGING MEMBER
Auditions to Cantaré Vocal Ensemble are held year-round as openings occur. Interested singers must have previous choral singing experience. An audition is required, consisting of an interview with the conductor as well as assessments in sight-reading, interval recognition, vocal range and quality. In addition, the prospective member should be prepared to sing a short excerpt or folk song without accompaniment. Being a trained singer or a superb sight-reader will not guarantee membership; how quickly one can learn and how well one’s voice fits the group’s overall sound are more important factors.
WHAT’S THE COMMITMENT?
We usually present three “formal” concerts each year. We begin preparing in September for the holiday concerts that occur in the first part of December. In January, we begin rehearsals for a second concert presented in late February or early March. The third concert is generally in early to mid-May. There may also be special events that members may be asked to sing for, such as Christmas ships, baseball games, private concerts, etc.
Regular rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30 at St. Catherine of Siena Church in north Seattle (See “Directions” page for location information). Additional rehearsals may be scheduled, usually just prior to a concert.
WHAT ELSE IS EXPECTED?
Cantaré Vocal Ensemble depends on its members for the majority of ticket sales. It’s hoped that the members are so excited about upcoming concerts that they want all their friends, family and work associates to attend. Several weeks before concert dates, members are given tickets to sell along with instructions for selling the tickets and turning in the money and unsold tickets.
Membership fee is $25 per month. This fee includes the cost of music, which is the singer’s to keep. Scholarships are available for some or all of this fee, depending upon need. Members also purchase performance attire and music folders.
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Click on the “Contact Us” button to find e-mail addresses and phone numbers for the organization, its board of directors, and its conductor.