You will find information below about becoming a member of the Monmouth Civic Chorus. If you have any further questions or are ready to join, you may either:
Membership is open to adult singers and students above 16 years of age or are in at least their junior year of high school, whichever comes first, who meet audition requirements. We also welcome non-singing members who volunteer to support our organization's many technical and administrative tasks. If you'd like to do this, please contact the Membership Chairperson for more information.
The Membership Chair, Music Committee Chair and Artistic Director will hear you. You may be asked to do some vocalizing, sing a short prepared piece (preferably classical - any language), and sight-read a passage from the upcoming concert repertoire to show that you'll be able to learn the music. Please don't be discouraged by the sight-reading! A rudimentary knowledge, beautiful voice, good music memory, and lots of enthusiasm are usually all that's required.
The audition may have one of three outcomes: acceptance as a full member, acceptance as a conditional member, or non-acceptance. Conditional members are asked to re-audition prior to the performance to demonstrate that they've learned the music. To schedule an audition, send email to the Membership Chairperson or leave a message on our voice-mail at (732) 933-9333.
When you're accepted, an experienced member will be assigned to act as your "mentor" to help you get oriented.
Annual membership dues are $85 for singing adult members, $25 for singing high school or college student members, and $50 for non-singing adult members. Dues do not include the cost of concert attire or music.
Women wear long black dresses or a long-sleeved black blouse with ankle-length black skirt or flowing black dress pants, black hose, black closed shoes, and a string of pearls. Men wear black single-breasted tuxedos, white shirts (no ruffles), narrow black bow ties, a traditional black cummerbund, black shoes, and black socks. Keep jewelry simple, and please don't wear cologne or perfume. For the holiday season and occasional special events, we encourage jewel-toned blouses for the women and vibrantly colored bow ties and cummerbunds for the men.
Auditions may be arranged by appointment throughout the season. To schedule an audition, send an email to the Membership Chairperson or leave a message on our voice-mail at (732) 933-9333. Interested singers are encouraged to "sit in" on the first rehearsal for each concert to assess if they might be interested in participating before signing up for an audition. Please check the season schedule for concert dates and contact the Membership Chairperson if you have any questions.