FAQs

When are your performances?

The chorus presents two or three major concerts a year, including a holiday concert, a cabaret (odd years), and a Spring concert. OurSong also receives many requests to perform at special events in and around the Atlanta area and beyond. Past performances include the Human Rights Campaign, Atlanta Pride, Atlanta PFLAG, Oakhurst Baptist Church, Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Decatur First United Methodist Church, Saint Mark United Methodist Church, Waldorf School, Pride AIDS vigil, World AIDS Day, Georgia Power, Unitarian Universalists, and many other organizational meetings. Please check our upcoming events schedule for a complete list of events.

How do I get tickets for your concerts?

Tickets may be purchased on our tickets page or by calling us at 404.487.8717. You may also purchase tickets from any member of the chorus or at the door for some of our events.

Do you accept donations?

The chorus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. As such the organization may receive tax deductible donations. Many programs exist for donating cash and/or services to the organization. For information on making a donation to the organization please email our Treasurer.

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Will the Chorus sing for me or my organization?

Sure! The chorus is open to invitations to sing for audiences around the world. As a volunteer chorus our available performance time is limited and our calendar fills up quickly each year. For information on booking the chorus or one of the small groups please send us an email or contact us directly at 404.487.8717.

How do I join as a singing member?

Auditions are generally held two or three times a year.  Auditions require a short solo song chosen by the singer, sight reading, part-reading, tonal memory and vocalization.  There is also a question and answer period for both parties.  Solos should show the singers ability to sing musically, with good technique, and beauty.  We are looking for individuals who can blend in the chorus but there are also opportunities to perform solos.  Singers are not required to have mastered sight reading, they must be able to understand basic notation (a quarter note, a rest, dynamic markings, etc.) and be able to approximate pitch relative to the note on the page, i.e. if the note goes up, so does the pitch.  Assessment is based on the overall musicianship.  We realize that every singer has strengths and weaknesses and we try to provide an opportunity for each singer to show her/his strengths.

What are the time commitments and is there an attendance policy?

We expect all members to attend the weekly full chorus rehearsal on Tuesday evenings and to attend sectional or small ensemble rehearsals as determined by the artistic staff or other designated individuals (cabaret coordinators). However, we realize that conflicts and other commitments will arise.   If you miss more than 80% of the rehearsals for a particular concert, you will need to re-audition for the chorus. 

Are there opportunities to sing in a small ensemble or solos?

Absolutely. There are opportunities for solos and small group numbers at almost every OurSong concert.  Singers generally notify the artistic staff of their desire to sing in a small ensemble or solo piece and the artistic staff makes its own independent determination regarding the suitability of a particular singer for a particular piece.  Additionally, during Cabaret performances, there are a number of opportunities for solo and small ensemble pieces. 

 The artistic staff is open to input from members of OurSong regarding future musical selections.  If you have a piece arranged for SATB chorus that you feel would be especially appropriate for chorus to perform, please notify any member of the artistic staff. 

OurSong has performed new, original compositions and arrangements by members of the GLBT communities.  The directors are always open to reviewing unsolicited original material.

 

What are the financial obligations for a singing member?

Dues are paid following the start of each concert rehearsal season (there are generally two or three).  Currently, the dues are $75.00 per concert.  Financial aid is available.  Members may apply for a payment plan, partial or full scholarships.  In addition, the chorus usually takes a “Fall Retreat” weekend in the mountains of North Georgia.  The cost for this event is generally approximately $200.  Limited scholarships are available to chorus members in good standing.

Other costs: Men wear tuxedos for the two formal concerts each season.  Women wear formal all black attire for formal concerts.  We also have embroidered OurSong dress shirts and t-shirts that are worn for less formal events.  There may be other small costuming or prop costs for each concert.  Travel costs for tours are also the responsibility of the singer.  Please see the Does OurSong Travel for more information. 

 

Does OurSong travel?

Yes!  We love to travel  OurSong is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) of Choruses and have sung at four GALA Festivals: Montreal (2004), Miami (2008), and Denver (2012, 2016). We have also sung at Various Voices in Dublin (2014) and toured Ireland as well. Local tours have included Alabama, Macon, and Augusta. Currently we are planning a tour of Germany and the Czech Republic in 2018. Typically members are responsible for their own travel costs but there are usually fundraisers to help defray cost.