What kind of chorus is “Vocal Synergy”? To most we would be a community focused chorus that sings without any instruments. To the Synergy family its, well, family! The chorus is a mix of experienced singers and those in their early days of choral singing. We are people that want to move an audience with our performance, that want to enjoy the entire music-making experience and to grow as singers and friends.
“Singing is a way of escaping. It's another world. I'm no longer on earth.” - Edith Piaf.
What will we sing?As we turn from Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Peppermint Mochas, it will soon be time to usher in winter and the holiday season. Vocal Synergy’s sights are set on December performance opportunities so we are kicking off our chorus with holiday favorites including a jazzy “Jingle Bells”, a very harmonious “Winter Wonderland”, the always fun “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and the perfect setting for a choral holiday, “O Christmas Tree”. Rehearsals will feature additional songs from popular radio hits to classical choral a cappella pieces as we spice up rehearsals.
“If I cannot fly, let me sing.” - Stephen Sondheim.
What experience do I need to sing with Vocal Synergy? There are no requirements that you have prior choral singing experience or that you can read sheet music. While these are great, they are not a prerequisite. We will give you the tools, and confidence, to succeed with Vocal Synergy. You will be side by side with experienced a cappella singers and newbies alike. You will have access to “learning tracks” to speed your learning of the music – recordings of an expert singer singing your chosen voice part predominantly louder than the other voice parts. This makes the music learning process easy for everyone regardless of their musical skill level.
“To me, singing is like talking. If it ain't natural, it ain't right.” - B.B. King.
Do I have to audition?A formal audition is not a requirement. To join the chorus, we look forward to you attending two rehearsals in a row. Then one of our directors will spend some time with you for a vocal assessment at the following rehearsal. They will meet with you privately to assess your ability to blend into, and contribute towards, the sound of the chorus.
“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Bob Marley
Are there "seasons"?Unlike other choirs in our area, we rehearse and perform year round and are not tied to just one or two specific concerts. While we have two significant performances each year (Music Under the Stars in the summer and a theatrical and concert event in December), you can find Vocal Synergy performing many other times during the year. We build a repertoire for long term use and add or replace songs on a regular basis, not on a per season basis. We figure we spend time mastering a song, we should let many different audiences enjoy it.
“In a live performance, it's a collaboration with the audience; you ride the ebb and flow of the crowd's energy.” Jon Batiste