FAQs

Here are answers to some of the questions we’ve been asked.  Don’t see the answer here?  Ask away!

When and where do you rehearse?

Every Tuesday from September to mid-June, 7:30 – 9:30 at St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, 1530 E. 22nd Avenue (at Dumfries, near the corner of Kingsway and Knight), Vancouver.  We usually have a weekend retreat once per term.

Do I have to be gay to sing with you?

We welcome people of all genders, orientations, and levels of ability who want to sing together in community.

Is there an audition?

No! You will never be asked to sing alone, unless you decide you want to try a solo. (Though if you would like some advice on which part to sing, the director would be happy to spend a few minutes with you at the piano.)

Do I have to be able to read music?

No! We have a number of members who sing with us very successfully who don’t read music at all.

Do you use rehearsal tapes?

Not at this time. If this is a tool that works for you, you’re welcome to record rehearsals and practice with that.

Do I have to memorize the music?

It makes for a better concert experience if you have your music memorized, so we encourage you to try, but you can use music during concerts if you need it.

Do you only accept new members in September?

No, feel free to drop by any time! We have our major concerts in January and June. If you join right before a concert, you and the director will decide together whether you’re ready to perform, but you’re still welcome to come on Tuesdays and sing!

What if I need to miss a rehearsal?

We understand that we all have lives outside of choir, and sometimes that means missing a rehearsal.  If you aren’t going to be there on a Tuesday, or for some other scheduled choir event, we ask that you let your section leader know.   If you need to miss several rehearsals, we’d still like to have you come on Tuesdays and sing with us, and you and the director can decide together whether you’ll be ready to sing in the concert.

What if I need to miss an outreach performance or retreat?

When we are scheduling something for a time other than a Tuesday, we ask the choir as far in advance as possible to make sure that we’ll have enough singers to participate.

What kind of music do you sing?

A variety. We sing pop/rock, vocal jazz, madrigals or light classical pieces, selections from musicals, folk songs, and music that defies categorization. We mostly sing in English, but we have been known to sing in Italian, Spanish, Russian and Zulu, to name a few.

Do you sing religious music?

Generally, no. Very occasionally we’ll sing something with the word “god” in it, but it’s usually music that leaves the definition up to the singers and audience.

Can I bring my child/pet to rehearsals?

Regretfully, no. Choir is a group of adults who get together for just two hours a week, and the focus is on singing. We’d be happy to meet your child/pet at a choir social event, but they can cause too much distraction at rehearsals. (Assistance animals are, of course, welcome.)

Does it cost money to join the choir?

We don’t want finances to be a barrier to anyone’s involvement. Everyone pays $5 per year to become a member of the Society. There is a $15 one-time music fee when you first join the choir. (If paying that all at once is a problem, talk to our Treasurer.) The amount you pay on top of that is up to you. The suggested monthly donation is $30, but some people pay less, and some pay more.

Do you receive any financial assistance from the government?

No. Like many other community groups, we lost our government grant in 2009. We are sustained by our fundraising efforts, including concerts, and the generosity of our community.

Are you a registered charity?

Yes, we are both a non-profit society and a registered charity. Donations can be made through our website, and tax receipts will be issued for all amounts over $20.

How often do you perform?

We have two major concerts a year, usually late January and mid-June.  We also sing at smaller outreach performances every month or two.  We’ve sung at community centres, seniors’ homes, hospitals, fundraisers, and church services, to name a few.  Some years we make an out-of-town trip – the most recent have included Saltspring Island and Sechelt.

Will you come and sing for my group/event?

We do a number of smaller appearances throughout the season, both paid and volunteer. If you’d like to invite us to sing, please contact outinharmony@gmail.com.

We saw you at PRIDE

Thanks to everyone who helped make our booth a success at Pride on Sunday – Choir members, visitors, friends, and family – we couldn’t have done it without you!
The booth looked great with colourful signs, balloons, and brochures; choir members got to re-connect with each other as well as with other friends we hadn’t seen in a while, and we had lots of folks stop by the booth and learn more about us. We hope to see many of you in the fall when we start up again. Hooray!
In addition, thanks to generous donations by Big Bus and the Playhouse Theatre, we were able to hold a draw for some fabulous prizes: Sets of adult passes to Big Bus’s 2-day Vancouver Tour, and 2 tickets to see The Fantasticks at Playhouse Theatre. Congratulations to the winners!

We’ll be at the 2010 Vancouver Pride Festival!

Mark your calendars: This year Vancouver’s Pride Festival Parade is Sunday, August 1st.  Here is a link to the website for Vancouver Pride: http://www.vancouverpride.ca/

Please be sure to stop by and visit our booth at the Sunset Beach Festival Grounds, say ‘hi’ to folks and generally talk about how wonderful we all are, hand-out or receive information about the choir and how somebody can join us in September, and flirt with all the folks staffing the booth and walking by in their finest pride regalia (or lack thereof).

We’ll be there from 10am – 6pm, and look forward to seeing you.  If you are a current or past choir member interested in taking a shift staffing the booth, please comment below to let us know. We’d love to have you, and look forward to seeing everyone there.

Happy Pride!

Out in Harmony would like to wish everyone a happy Pride season as our annual summer celebrations begin. One of our members was in Seattle this weekend, and caught the rainbow flag flying from the Space Needle:

Pride

Speaking of Pride, we will have a table at Pride in Vancouver on Sunday, August 1st, and will post further details for you soon!

Welcome!

Welcome to Out in Harmony, the official new web site for the choir (soon to be) formerly known as the Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Choir. As you can see, this site is very much a work in progress. However, anyone wishing to join the choir should know that we will begin rehearsals again on September 7, 2010, after our summer hiatus . Please join us–we are a non-auditioned choir and our rehearsals are open to anyone interested in becoming a singing or non-singing member.

Rehearsals are held at 7:30 PM on every Tuesday at St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, 1530 East 22nd at the corner of Dumfries Street in Vancouver (close to the intersection of Knight and Kingsway. If you have any questions, please do contact us at outinharmony@gmail.com.

In the meantime, have a great summer and see you at Pride!