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Frequently Asked Questions

Fall 2015 Retreat


  1. What are auditions like?
  2. How can I find out if Arts Chorale is for me?
  3. When is the latest I can join?
  4. What kind of music will I be singing with Arts Chorale?
  5. What cool stuff is Arts Chorale doing this year?
  6. When and where does Arts Chorale rehearse?
  7. What if I have a class that conflicts with rehearsal?
  8. Is Arts Chorale a class?
  9. Are there dues?
  10. Does Arts Chorale have a constitution?
  11. Where can I find a copy of the syllabus?
  12. What else do I need to know about Arts Chorale?

What are auditions like?

Auditions are easy-going and nothing to stress about. You'll sing a few simple warm-up exercises or scales for the director and accompanist. It's a closed audition - no audience to be nervous about. Also, if you have anything else you'd like to sing for the director, feel free to prepare that, too, but it's definitely not necessary. In most cases, auditions are just for part placement purposes and won't prevent you from participating in Arts Chorale.


How can I find out if Arts Chorale is for me?

AC has become a home on campus for many students. Some of our members are looking to continue and develop the singing education they started in high school, some are singing for the first time, and some are full-time music students looking for a more casual choir to unwind with. The best way to see if AC feels right for you is to come to our Mass Meeting Tuesday, September 10, where you can meet the executive board, learn about our concerts and music, and ask any questions you might have.

When is the latest I can join?

The last day to join Arts Chorale is the drop/add deadline each semester. This gives everyone enough time to learn our music before the concert. Note that this means that you can still join even if you miss the Mass Meeting or the first couple of rehearsals for any reason.

What kind of music will I be singing with Arts Chorale?

AC sings a wide variety of great music. Primarily, we sing classical choral music, but delve into other styles like jazz, spirituals, and other contemporary styles. Check out the Music section to view our repertoire from past concerts.


What cool stuff is AC doing this year?

Towards the start of the semester, we'll have our bi-annual retreat to rehearse, relax, and get to know each other, in addition to various social activities throughout each semester. Every December, as a fundraiser, we go caroling on the Diag and on Main Street. In the spring we have a Relay for Life team to raise money for the American Cancer Society. We have two major concerts every year, as well as other smaller performances to practice. After our concert, we have a banquet dinner with friends and family, and other fun social events throughout the semester. Check out the Calendar page to find the official schedule of events, but expect to see more events added throughout the semester!

When and where does Arts Chorale rehearse?

AC rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 PM in MLB Aud 4, which is a relatively small time commitment for a campus choral group.

What if I have a class that conflicts with rehearsal?

Unfortunately, if you have a class that overlaps completely with one or both days of rehearsal, you will not be able to be in choir that semester. However, if a class overlaps with 30 minutes to an hour of rehearsal, talk with the director: participation may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. It never hurts to ask!


Is Arts Chorale a class?

AC is both a one-credit class through the School of Music and a student organization registered with MSA. We ask that everyone register for Arts Chorale (class code: ENS 351), which allows you to earn one credit (LSA students: AC counts toward your creative expression requirement!). Grades for the class are generally based on attendance. This class can be repeated for credit (so if you were in Arts Chorale for 4 years of college, you'd earn 8 extra credits toward your degree). If you cannot register for the class (for example, because it would push you over the credit maximum), please talk to our conductor about it to make special arrangements. We would still love to have you!

Are there dues?

AC does have dues, which allow us to pay for guest musicians at our concerts, as well as promotional materials and social events for our members. Dues for new members are $45, which includes a $10 music deposit that you'll get back when you leave Arts Chorale. Dues for returning members are $35/semester. If you are unable to pay your dues, please speak with a member of the E-Board at a rehearsal - we do NOT keep anyone from singing with us because of financial reasons.

Does Arts Chorale have a constitution?

Yes! A copy of the Arts Chorale Constitution is available for your perusal in PDF format here.

Where can I find a copy of the syllabus?

You can download a copy of the latest syllabus here.

What else do I need to know about Arts Chorale?

Arts Chorale is co-ed and is open to students of any year or school in the University. We have law students, grad students, music students, engineers, lots of LSA students, and more. People of all singing levels and backgrounds are encouraged to join. We work hard in our rehearsals, and it shows in our concerts. At the same time, we're energetic and silly... but the best way to get a feel for AC is to see it for yourself!

Have any more questions? Please email Emma at emmager@umich.edu