Thank you so much for your interest in joining the Master Chorale of the Gainesville Civic Chorus. We are a non-profit community organization dedicated to bringing quality choral music to the public in the Gainesville area.
Singing in the Gainesville Civic Chorus is an opportunity to refine your vocal technique and experience the joy of singing great choral works in a large chorus. The Chorus is continually seeking qualified singers for the soprano, alto, tenor and bass voice parts. All Chorus members are members of the Master Chorale, and there are opportunities to sing with the Chamber Singers.
The rehearsals of the Master Chorale are Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Dress rehearsals and occasional extra rehearsals are scheduled for the week prior to the performance at the conductor's discretion. There are annual dues and music is usually included. Some music will be on loan. However, it is our policy not to exclude anyone who is otherwise qualified to join because of membership costs. There is also a concert dress requirement. Details will be provided at the time of audition.
Membership in the Master Chorale is by audition only. Come prepared to sing a piece of music you know and with which you are comfortable. Please bring two copies of the music, one for you and one for the accompanist. The piece can be as simple as a hymn or a folk song or as accomplished as an aria. You will also be requested to perform some basic sight singing and possibly some scales. Our conductor needs to have an opportunity to hear your voice quality and assess your musical ability. These skills must be adequate for you to keep up with the group at rehearsals because our rehearsal schedule for any concert is generally quite short and very concentrated.
Auditions are held each year in August at the beginning of our concert season and again in January at the beginning of the spring semester. At other times during the year, special requests for auditions may be made to the music director. These will be held in Dr. Kesling's office - room 128 in the Music Building on the University of Florida campus. Each audition will last about 10 minutes.
Please schedule an audition by contacting:
Dues for members are:
Students who have registered for GCC as a class $0
Full-time students who are not registered for GCC as a class $20 per semester
All other members $125 per year, $75 per semester
If this fee structure presents a hardship or would prevent you from joining the chorus, please contact the GCC president or treasurer.