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The Tasmanian Song Company always welcomes new singers, so if you live in or near Hobart and are thinking of joining a choir we would be delighted to hear from you.
We rehearse Mondays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm in the Meeting Room of Lenah Valley Community Hall. That's in Creek Road, opposite Lenah Valley Primary School and it backs on to the John Turnball Oval. Your first three rehearsals are free, so come try us out and see if we are the right fit for you.
Do I need to audition?Not at all! We don't audition people and you won't have to sing alone.
We have a relaxed, non-exclusive policy for people who wish to sing with us. We help you find your voice, and you will have someone to buddy up with to follow.
We are a four-part harmony choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass voices), but we help you learn how to sing in harmonies and we learn our parts bit by bit. You won't be alone and we support you to find your confidence to sing.
Do you need to be able to read music?No, you don't need to be able to read music.
However, we do use sheet music and purchase good quality sheet music because it's much more fun to sing beautiful arrangements. We support newcomers in following the dots and reading the music. Although reading music isn't mandatory, you'll be able to follow with your buddy showing you the basics.
We encourage members to record their own parts at rehearsals. Our publication ‘The ABC of Reading Music’, written for non-music-reading choristers, is available to all members and will teach you quickly and easily how to read music. Click on the ‘Learn To Read Music’ button above to download and print.
Will being a member take much of your time?Members' time commitments aren't onerous.
We rehearse for just two hours each week. However, everyone benefits when members attend regularly and sometimes a little bit of practice at home between rehearsals will really boost your confidence. In the lead up to concerts, some of the parts organise for an extra practice at someone's home - these are voluntary, not mandatory, but are really helpful before a performance. We also have audio files available to play on your computer to help learn your part.
How much does it cost?We have annual membership fees, paid in quarterly installments in line with school terms.
We are very lucky to have an experienced and university-trained musical director (Matthew Ives) and a brilliant accompanist (Tom Misson) who make rehearsals fun and effective in learning new songs. We also purchase all our sheet music and have our own choir risers for concerts, and as a registered company, we are covered by equipment and public liability insurances. So, yes we do have expenses. Members of the choir pay a membership fee to help cover these expenses.
Our annual membership is $320 (full membership), or $280 for concession, which we accept in quarterly installments of $80/$70 respectively. This equates to less than $4 per hour for quality tuition, choral comraderie and a cuppa at half time.
As part of your starter's pack, we give you a 2B pencil and an eraser to use on the sheet music. However, you will need to buy a black folder to hold your music (less than $6). We also discourage hole-punching the music, and recommend using special music holders in the folder: they cost $1.50 each from the choir librarian). The other one-off expense is your uniform hire. When you join, you will need to pay a hire fee of $30 for a uniform to sing in our performances.
What do you do to support new members?You'll have a buddy assigned to you to help you settle in and we all wear name tags to help with introductions and memories! After each rehearsal, we send a weekly email called the 'Monday Night Matters' to help people remember what they did at rehearsal or to let people who couldn't make rehearsal know just what they missed!
We have audio files of the songs we are learning to help with at-home practice, and our Facebook page has lots of examples of other choirs singing the songs that we do...so you can hear how others do it!
We also have a half-yearly newsletter that we share with members and a broader group of keen audience goers, called The Singing Snippets. You won't be left wondering, rather you'll be feeling left out if you miss out!
How can I find out when the choir is singing?We keep a list of future and past events on our website!
Our audiences are mostly made up of our family and friends, so to ensure they never miss out on a concert or performance, we send electronic reminders to all choir members and to anyone who has requested a direct emailled reminder in a publication called The Singing Snippets.
The Singing Snippets sings out aloud about our past events and heralds coming events. Be first to reserve tickets at concession prices for our big events. There are no strings attached and no costs whatsoever (hard to believe these days!).
If you'd like receive The Singing Snippets, all you need to do is send an email with your name and address to our Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org