Summer 2023 Session
We will follow CDC guidance regarding COVID mitigation measures
- Full vaccination and booster required to participate in any FTS activities.
- Masks are optional.
The Fun Times Singers choir is open to any adult 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.
Registration is held open for the first four rehearsals, however due to limited space on our risers we may have to
cap the membership.
A full description of the Fun Times policies regarding the
chorus size limitations can be found in this
Each year has 3 Seasons:
||January - April
||May - August
||September - December
The Summer 2023 session begins May 3rd.
We rehearse on Wednesday nights.
Our rehearsals are normally from 7:15PM to 9:30PM, but we ask that new members arrive at 7PM for the first rehearsal.
Enrollment in the session is open for the first 4 rehearsals.
We will be doing two performances for the Summer 2023 session
Saturday evening, August 12th and
Sunday afternoon, August 13th.
The Summer 2023 concert will be performed at Congregation Shir Hadash, Los Gatos.
We rehearse in San Jose at:
Good Samaritan Episcopal Church
15040 Union Ave, San Jose, CA 95124
What to Bring
- Filled out registration letter
(click here to get a
- bottle of water
- highlighter pen
- black 3 ring binder for music
- COVID mask (optional)
- Please do not wear fragrances at rehearsal or performances; you are close to others and many people have allergies
- Please come a few minutes before rehearsal time to get settled and be in your seats and ready to begin at 7:15
- Keep conversations to a minimum during rehearsal; save your socializing for the break
- You must follow the attendance policy to perform in the concert; if you are prone to absences, please check the policy before joining
The registration fee is $60.00 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.
for more information.
Due to the rising costs of, well, everything - we have raised our membership fees for the first time in eight years.
Because of all that, we have created a new fee structure:
$60 = General Membership for one session (includes everything it always did: sheet music, director and accompanist, rehearsal rental space, etc.)
$75 = Extra Generous Membership (if this is an amount that you can comfortably swing, it would help us immensely).
$$ = Additional Donation - Any amount over and above the minimum $60 would be gratefully accepted.
Fun Times Singers has been such a huge part of so many our lives and has brought us joy, friendship and music for decades! If you are able to make a donation now to help us during this time of transition into our new normal, it would really help. Of course, we are a 501(c)(3) organization so all donations are tax deductible!
If you have difficulty with the fees, please discuss this with the FTS president.
For membership questions use the website Contact Us page to send email to the membership director.
For each concert, we try and have a theme for the music.
The Summer 2023 theme is Heroes and Villains
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.
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
- CD Player
- access to a computer for E-mail
- access to a computer for browsing the FTS web site
- access to a computer with a sound card to listen to
the practice music on-line
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.
In addition to choral selections during the concerts, there are "specials" -
solos and small ensembles.
These featured selections do require an audition.
If you are interested in performing in these advanced ensembles, please review our
Specials Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.
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
We depend on concert revenues to pay for the expenses of the session and to keep our
membershp dues low.
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