|Christmas Oratorio, 16 December 2016 (Photo credit Ian Thomson)|
Membership of City Choir Dunedin is open to singers from all walks of life who share our delight in choral singing. All prospective new members are auditioned by the Musical Director. At the audition you will be asked to sing a song of your own choice, as well as perform some simple ear and voice tests to enable the Director to gauge your musical abilities and vocal range.
Rehearsals commence in the last week of January each year and run until the first or second week in December. We rehearse every Tuesday night between 07:30 and 09:30 pm. See the Notices page for details of the current rehearsal schedule.
The rehearsal venue is at the Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Terrace in Dunedin.
Music scores are issued by the Librarian and are returned after the performance. Handel's Messiah is performed every second year and members are expected to purchase their own copies of this score. Messiah scores can be sourced from various providers.
Upon acceptance into the Choir, you will be liable for some financial outlay.
Currently, members pay an annual membership fee of $230, which is reduced to $150 for the unwaged (seniors, students and beneficiaries). The fee for participating in only one concert during the year is $70.
Singers will also be required to purchase a black music folder for $25, which is to be used at performances.
Payments can be made in cash, by cheque made out to Dunedin Choral Society, or via electronic banking with the reference MEMFEE to Dunedin Choral Society 03 0903 0383102 00
Student Assistance Fund
The Choir is fortunate in having a Student Assistance Fund that has been established through the generosity of members. The purpose of the fund is to encourage and enable students to join the choir when they are unable to afford the annual membership fee or other costs associated with membership.
The Choir uniform for women changed in 2017. For women, the uniform consists of a black top and black skirt or dress trousers, or a black dress. The neckline can be any shape, but no collars please. Sleeves should be 3/4 length to long. Skirts and trousers should be 3/4 length (mid-calf) to long. Black stockings and black shoes complete the outfit.
For men, the uniform consists of a black dinner suit, white dress shirt, black bow tie, black socks and black shoes.