Got Questions?

Here are a number of frequently-asked questions that we get:


How much personal time will it take?

In addition to weekly rehearsals throughout the year, there is an annual show in the Spring during the Tulip Time Festival. We also participate in a BHS regional competition in March or April each year, and also in the September-October time frame. We tend to perform in and around our area about 2-4 times per year for local festivals, business events, charitable events, as well as participating in Christmas and arts festival events.


What is the cost?

The annual membership fee consist of three components: society dues, district dues, and local chapter dues.  After your initial membership, dues can be financed using debit or credit card withdrawals over the year.  Beyond this, expenses can consist of contest entry fees, uniforms, travel expenses, coaching fees--which all depends on the way you do Barbershopping.  Some quartets make their living by singing.  Most often, quartets use paid gigs to offset their expenses to make their hobby "free".


When it comes right down to it, however, Barbershopping is a pretty inexpensive hobby.  Singing costs us nothing, and we carry all the "equipment" we need right with us. 


What is the audition procedure?

We expect you to attend a number of chapter meetings before making any decisions on membership.  This is for the chapter's benefit, as well as yours.  We want to make sure Barbershopping is a "good fit" for you, and that you fit in with us as well. 


As we are a singing organization, it would be nice if you could sing.  ;-)  At your first meeting, our director or a section leader will assess your natural vocal range, and place you in the right section (voice part) for your voice.  In that way, you will be surrounded by others singing the same notes. 


Do I have to be a great singer?

No.  Singing, like any other hobby, is a learned skill.  Some people are born with beautiful "instruments", but most of us have average voices.   At our chapter meetings we work on making our voices sound better using vocal production techniques, and also training our ears to match pitch.  These are skills that improve with practice.


How do I learn the songs?

You will receive sheet music for any new song being learned.  At the least, this will give you the words to the song.  If you can sight-read music--great!  Most of us cannot.  For almost all our music we have learning tracks available which emphasizes your voice part over the others.  For example, your part is on the left channel of the recording, and the other 3 parts are on the right.  In this way, you can learn your part by hearing it almost exclusively, and then as you get it down, phase in the other channel.  You'll know you have it down when you can phase out your part completely and sing against the other three parts!





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