We understand that it may feel daunting to join a vocal group. Here are the most frequently asked questions that we’ve come across from people prior to joining ARCappella.
What sort of music does the choir sing?
Diverse – pop songs, show tunes, music from other cultures, spirituals, Christmas Carols in Term 4.
Is there an age limit for the choir?
We suggest that the choir is suitable for people over the age of 18.
I’m looking for a choir for my child, do you have a program for children?
How many singers are in the choir?
The numbers can fluctuate from term to term, but typically there are over 30 people at each rehearsal.
Do I need to be able to read music?
Some familiarity with music is always good, but there are no minimum requirements, other than a desire to sing and have fun doing so.
Do I need to be able to sight-read or sight-sing?
No, this is desirable, but certainly not necessary.
Will I need to audition to join the choir?
No, new members are welcome at any time.
Does the choir charge any membership fees?
Yes, there is an annual membership fee of $50 to ARC and then choir term fees of $55 per term (4 terms per year)
Is there a minimum attendance policy?
No, there is no minimum attendance policy for rehearsals or concerts.
What is the usual performance apparel?
Usually all black, with a “splash” of colour. We wear white for our Christmas performances
How many performances does the choir do each term?
It can vary, but at least 1 performance per term is typical.
What sort of performances does the choir do?
Darebin Music Feast, Community events (such as the ONJ wellness walk), Choral Festivals (such as the Choral Festival at Montsalvat); Term 4 is usually devoted to the Christmas Choir with performances specifically designed for this programme.
How is the choir run or managed?
ARCappella is run by a Committee of Management, as part of Amateur Repertory Company, a registered not for profit Incorporated Association. ARC Inc has two key branches – ARC Theatre and ARC Choirs.
Which singing part is the best?
Our webmaster, Andy, says that the bass part is vastly superior to all others! However, every part is fun and crucial.
Does the choir do choralography?
Yes – sometimes we try to add some movement to some pieces, and we promise it’s not too hard!