New Members

The Fun Times Singers choir is open to anyone who has the desire to sing. We do not have auditions for membership but our director will want to listen to you sing to place you in the correct section.

To help preserve the musicality of our peformances, we ask that new members only register to sing in the sections that are appropriate for their vocal range. A full description of the Fun Times policies regarding the chorus size limitations can be found in this policy document.

Each year has 3 Seasons:

Spring: January - April 
Summer: May - August
Fall/Holiday: September - December

When

The Spring 2018 session begins Wednesday, January 10th. Our rehearsals are normally from 7:15PM to 9:30PM, but we ask that new members arrive at 7PM for the first rehearsal.

We will be doing two performances for the Spring session: one on Saturday evening April 21st and one perfomance on Sunday afternoon April 22nd. The Spring concert will be performed at Shir Hadash Temple in Los Gatos.

Where

We rehearse in Saratoga at:
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
Fellowship Hall
12770 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070
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What to Bring

 

Rehearsal Conduct

Cost

The registration fee is $50.00 each session. This covers the cost of music, practice CDs and other expenses of the organization. This fee only partially covers the operating cost of a session. The remainder of the cost is covered by the revenue from our concerts, so performing in the concert and selling tickets to the concert are parts of each member's commitment when joining. Any uniforms or outfits for concerts are the financial responsibility of the member. Partial scholarships are available to those in need. Contact our membership director for more information.

Theme

For each concert, we try and have a theme for the music. The Spring 2018 concert theme will be Disney hits.

Required Skills

There are no auditions required to join the chorus; just a love of music and singing. The director (or a group of section leaders) may ask you to do some scales to place you in the correct section (Bass, Tenor, Alto, or Soprano).

Want to check us out?

Visitors are welcome to sit in on a rehearsal or two to get a feel for the music genre, director style, and group dynamics. However, due to logistical and musical reasons, the Fun Times Singers cannot accommodate the participation of non-members in our rehearsals. Members may from time to time bring visiting guests to rehearsal to share the evening except during our technical week just prior to our performance.

Equipment

The FTS makes use of various tools for practice and communication. We put our music on CDs so that members can practice at home, so it is useful to have access to a CD player that can handle "home-made" CDs. Most CD players sold now can handle these files. Also, we use E-mail and the FTS website to communicate information to the membership. So the following equipment is useful to fully participate in the FTS experience:

Performance Attire

We wear different attire for the different concerts, but we try and choose something that you would already have in your closet, or would be easy to acquire.

Special Performances

In addition to choral selections during the concerts, there are "specials" - solos and small ensembles. These featured selections do require an audition.

Auditions for soloists and small ensembles are done around the middle of the session at a Wednesday rehearsal. There are usually 4-6 slots available in the concert program for ensemble performances and the members of the chorus vote to determine which of the auditioning groups will fill the available slots.

Commitment Asked of Chorus Members

We ask that members commit to regular attendance at rehearsals and concerts. Choral singing is a group activity and we need to work as a group to learn our parts, rhythms, and other nuances of the music. We ask for quiet attentiveness during rehearsals to optimize learning (we have a break for socializing each rehearsal). We ask that members be willing to sign up to perform a small task in support of our concerts or our program so that no members feel overburdened by the behind-the-scenes work of the chorus.

The Fun Times Singers hold fundraisers during the year to help offset the expenses incurred by the group. Members are expected to participate in various ways to make these activities successful. An important way to contribute is for members to sell tickets to our concerts to friends and coworkers. We depend on concert revenues to pay for the expenses of the session and to keep our membershp dues low.

Any Other Questions Before Giving Us a Try

Contact the FTS president