Interested in Singing with Sirens of Gotham?
Visitors are always welcome to watch and listen at our regular rehearsals. The Sirens rehearse every Thursday night from 7:30-10:00 at The Notre Dame School of Manhattan, 327 West 13th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenue; you will see a green flag that says Notre Dame School above the staircase to the entry door).*
Please note: rehearsal schedule and location is subject to change. Please please email us before you plan to visit - we'd hate to be rehearsing off-site and miss you!
Thinking About Auditioning?
If you are considering membership, please fill out our non-binding guest registration form before your first visit.
We recommend that potential members attend at least two rehearsal before requesting to audition. Rehearsals allow you to become familiar with the repertoire as well as the singing style of the chorus.
The audition occurs in three phases:
I – Vocal Assessment
Upon declaring interest in initiating the audition process, you will schedule a vocal assessment with the Director consisting of a 16 bar cut sung a cappella and vocal exercises to evaluate your ability to match pitch, blend tone, and hold your part.
The vocal assessment will also determine which voice part best suites your vocal range and which you should learn for two (2) songs in the chorus repertoire.
II – Practice Performance
Following a successful vocal assessment, a representative from your section will give you access to the learning materials for the audition, including sheet music and learning tracks for two (2) songs in our current repertoire.
During the next few weeks, you will have the opportunity to sing these songs with the chorus during rehearsals to get additional practice and first-hand experience of what it’s like to rehearse and perform with Sirens of Gotham.
Once you feel confident with the audition songs (words, pitches, etc.), you will be asked to complete a Practice Performance, where you will sing the two (2) songs against a recording of the chorus for a panel of music leadership, who will provide feedback to help you to succeed. You may need to do this a couple of times.
III – Audition Performance
The week following your Practice Performance, you will complete your Audition Performance, where you will perform the two (2) songs against a recording of the chorus for the Director and other music leadership. You will be expected to sing with performance-level accuracy and energized, authentic expression.
Auditions typically occur immediately following our Thursday evening rehearsals.
Joining Sweet Adelines International
Sirens of Gotham is one of the hundreds of Sweet Adelines International choruses that make up this worldwide organization of women who sing four-part barbershop harmony.
Not in the area? Find a chorus near you at www.SweetAdelinesInternational.com/findachorus.