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GMCLA’s singing members are all volunteers with a passion for choral music. We welcome anyone who is interested to audition!

Prior to auditioning, candidates must attend at least one open rehearsal, to experience the demands of GMCLA in advance.

These are  actual rehearsals as the Chorus prepares for an upcoming concert. This  will give you an idea what to expect on a weekly basis if you become a member. Open rehearsals are held twice each year, in January and September. You will be assigned a buddy in your vocal range, who will share their music with you.

Sign-ups for auditions are taken at the conclusion of each open rehearsal.

Open Rehearsal Dates:
Monday, September 8, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014

Time:
7-10pm - Please arrive by 6:45pm.

Location:
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (FCCLA)
540 S. Commonwealth Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90020

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AUDITIONS 

Sat. Sept. 20, 2014
Sun. Sept. 21, 2014

LOCATION:
The Chorus Office at 9056 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 300, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Please attend one or both of the Open Rehearsals on Mon, Sept 8 and Mon, Sept 15 at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (FCCLA) to sign up!

Because the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles strives for artistic excellence, auditions are both necessary and competitive. We understand that the idea of an audition can be nerve-wracking. Relax! We’ll do our best to make the process as painless as possible.

When you audition, the only people in the room will be you, GMCLA’s Artistic Director, our Accompanist and one of our Music Leaders. They’ll ask about your musical background. They’ll take you through some vocalizing and scales to determine your range. They’ll give you a simple piece of music to sight-read and may test your ability to hear and reproduce different pitch sequences as well as your rhythmic ability.

Finally, you’ll sing a song or part of a song. Pick one that you love to sing and demonstrates your range and ability! Anything from an operatic aria to “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” As time is limited, don’t worry if they cut you off before you finish. For piano accompaniment, please bring an extra copy of the sheet music in the correct key. No outside accompanists are allowed in the audition room. It’s perfectly acceptable to sing a capella if you prefer.

GMCLA presents three main concerts each year, typically in December, March, and June, with two or three performances each. Throughout the year, we have several community performances at schools and various public and private events.

Our regular rehearsals are Mondays, 7–10pm.  Optional sectional rehearsals may be offered as necessary; sometimes accompanied by a social activity. In the spring, we have a weekend-long retreat, in Malibu. Extra rehearsals may be scheduled as needed before a main performance. You will receive a complete schedule of rehearsals, performances and other important dates as soon as you join, so you can mark your calendar accordingly.

Our rehearsal time is valuable: we learn a great deal of music for each concert. Therefore, many members come to rehearsal early in order to take care of business matters and to socialize. Because we strive for the best artistic product possible, GMCLA has an attendance policy which allows no more than three absences during each concert period. You will be expected to review your music on your own, so you will be fully prepared for concerts. We also prepare an inexpensive rehearsal disc for each concert, which you can use to practice.

Finally, GMCLA involves more than just music. To keep the Chorus running smoothly, we rely on members to volunteer extra time. The majority of jobs require relatively little time individually. As a whole, they represent a tremendous amount of effort, without which the Chorus would not be able to function.

Membership in GMCLA requires a certain financial commitment, but we’re flexible in making payment arrangements for those in financial need. The annual membership investment for GMCLA members is due during the first several weeks of each concert period. Dues are payable in three equal installments of $90, or you can pay $255 at the beginning of the season and save $5/concert. The Fair Share Investment Program (FSIP) allows members to work and give their “sweat equity” to the chorus in lieu of paying financial investments.

Members are expected to buy their own performance tuxedo and accessories. Many chorus members buy an inexpensive tuxedo from a tux rental shop or a discount store. GMCLA also sponsors several activities throughout the year which are not mandatory, but which greatly enhance members’ experience in the Chorus, including an optional weekend Retreat in February.  Chorus members are financially responsible for the cost of occasional (optional) tours, although partial subsidies may be available.

Volunteering with GMCLA is a great way to get involved, make friends, become part of the family, and make a difference.

GMCLA welcomes both singing and non-singing members.  If you are not a singer, or cannot make the time commitment, consider volunteering. There is always a need for people to assist at rehearsals, concerts (usher, sell tickets and merchandise),  special events, and in the administrative office.

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