Got Questions?

Here are a number of frequently-asked questions that we get:


How much personal time will it take?

In addition to weekly rehearsals throughout the year, we participate in a Sweet Adelines regional competition in the spring of each year. If we win Regional, we compete Internationally about every 3rd year. We tend to perform in and around our area about approximately once a month or 4-6 times per year in the summer parks, for local festivals, business events, charitable events, as well as presenting a Holiday show. 


What is the audition procedure?

Our audition procedure is simple and painless. After 3 (or more) visits, when you're ready to apply for membership, we ask that you record yourself singing the song of your choice from the risers. We'll even provide the recorder should you need one! Turn the recording over to your section leader or the guest coordinator for coaching. More than one audition recording is OK. Once the audition is passed, the music team will send their recommendations to the Board of Directors to pass your name forward to the membership for a vote. 


Do I have to be a great singer or musician?

No! We want people who love to sing! The barbershop style of harmony singing favors a straighter tone quality - not operatic vibrato - in order to produce ringing chords. Every voice adds their own unique flavor to an ensemble group like ours. Many of our members cannot even read music! However, a good ear for tuning is a definite plus.


How do I learn the songs?

Recording yourself or your section leader at rehearsals is one great learning tool. We each take personal responsibility to learn and memorize our part, the interpretation, choreography and much more for each song in the chorus repertoire. Talk to your section leader if you need help you learn your part. We may provide an initial learning track in each voice part for all our music but since the interpretation and arrangement is often dynamic with changes, we also have someone recording each rehearsal. It is currently distributed via Drop Box (free app) and sent out a couple days after rehearsal. 


What is the cost?

Twin Cities Show Chorus attempts to pay for all or most of our chorus costumes, music and other material expenses through projects and performances. We do however require you to pay a rental fee for some pieces of the costumes and purchase outright some of the perishables - eg. shoes & makeup. Payments can be worked out with the costume committee if necessary. There are also annual dues for Sweet Adelines International, Northern Lights Region 6 and the Twin Cities Show Chorus. These are explained to you when you express a desire to join. We don't want the cost of membership to prohibit you from enjoying the fun and joy of singing with the chorus and attempt to make it as easy to maintain your membership as possible financially. It can be done in stages to fit your budget. We also have reduced dues for younger members.



July 16, 2018

Working on Summer Repertoire Tuesday Nights 7-10 Join us!


July 12, 2018

Winona County Fair

Perform 6:55 PM

St Charles, MN

6pm Zumbro Valley Chorus


August 5th 2018

Como Pavillion

Perform 3pm

with the
Minneapolis Commodores


December 2, 2018

Holiday Show

Perform 3pm

with the
Minneapolis Commodores

Hopkins High School

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