Saturday, August 15, 2009

Thinking about coming to a rehearsal for the first time?

Coming to any group for the first time can be intimidating. Here is some information that might help. Feel free to e-mail or post a comment with any questions.

The Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir has around 40 members. Most rehearsals we have 20-25 members in attendance. Our members range in experience from professional musicians to those who sing for fun and range in age from mid 20's to early 70's. The average age is 35. We are an ecumenical choir with members from several churches and some members who do not have a church affiliation. We sing gospel music ranging from traditional to contemporary, spirituals, South African freedom songs, and occasionally other types of music. There are many solo and song leader opportunities for those who are interested. Most of our arrangements are written out but we generally sing without music to better connect with our audience. The choir is pretty well balanced vocally. There are no auditions. The only requirement is that you are able to match pitch (carry a tune). We have a pianist but other gospel pianists are ALWAYS welcome. We generally sing with Piano, Bass, and Drums and alswaus welcome new instrumentalists. We sing 1-2 times per month at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (once a month at the 8:30 am service and once a month at an evening prayer service). We also sing at other Churches when invited. We are planning 2 full length community concerts this year and several community events. Please know that you are welcome to attend any rehearsal. The Gospel Choir is committed to diversity and ALL people are welcome without regard to sex, financial status, race, religion, sexual preference or physical handicap. The choir is a music ministry of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church and there are no membership or music fees. If you have a desire to share the Good News of the Gospel through music, there is a place for you in the Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir.