How many people are you looking for?
Each year we look to fill up to 80 spots in SoundCrowd. 16-20 of those will form the Performance Team.
What is the Performance Team?
The Performance Team is a core group of 16-20 of our 80 singers who will comprise our solo roster for the year, attend both full choir rehearsals and work more closely with our AD and Choreographer in Performance Team-only rehearsals, and perform at outside gigs not included in SoundCrowd’s official season, e.g. media events, corporate functions. They will also be considered section leaders for the rest of the choir, so any musical questions can be brought to them for clarification.
What is the commitment level to be in SoundCrowd?
SoundCrowd rehearses weekly from 7:30-9:30 pm at Bloor St. United Church, with the Performance Team rehearsing semi-regularly before Full Choir rehearsal from 6:30-7:30 pm. The Full Choir is expected to work on their material at home once learned in order to be prepared for upcoming rehearsals and performances. The Performance Team works with our AD and/or our choreographer on gig material, as well as rehearsing with the full choir from 7:30-9:30 pm.
What are the membership fees? Is there a cost difference for the Performance Team?
In an effort to be accessible to all, membership fees for SoundCrowd are $200, and $250 for the Performance Team.
SoundCrowd rehearses Mondays. Does that include public holidays?
There are no rehearsals on Holiday Mondays, but make-up rehearsals are usually scheduled for the Wednesday following a holiday. There will be a two-week break over the Christmas holidays. Rehearsal will still be held during March Break. No formal rehearsals will happen during the summer months (June-August), but may come up as needed for any events we might be involved with.
I’m not sure I can be there every week. Can I still be in SoundCrowd?
There will be an attendance policy in place that allows you the flexibility to miss up to 3 rehearsals before each main concert. Any more than that will require a discussion with the AD to determine your readiness for the show.
If I’m not on the Performance Team, will there be options to perform at outside events?
Deinitely. Depending on the needs of the client, they may want a large group of singers. In that case, we will open up the event to anyone in the group who wishes to attend.
If I wanted to get on the Performance Team but didn’t, can I try again?
Absolutely! Every current member of SoundCrowd will be reassessed after each season. While we will still hold general auditions each year for spaces that have opened up, everyone wishing to come back to SoundCrowd will book another 10-minute interview next summer to have a check-in based on: commitment level, vocal abilities and attitude/enthusiasm.
Is the an opportunity to sing solos?
The Performance Team will comprise our solo roster for the year, and we also try to have at least one event per year in which the rest of the choir can showcase their solo talents if they so decide.
Will there be any SoundCrowd commitments following our end-of-year concert?
If performance opportunities that come up in the summer following our end-of-year concert, they will be volunteer-based with whoever is available and interested, and will be comprised of the current season’s members. Anyone auditioning for SoundCrowd for the first time that summer will not start their commitments until September.