Join The Chorus

Want to Sing?

Thank you for your interest in joining the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. 
 

There are many ways to contribute to our organization including as a singer, dancer, or behind-the-scenes volunteer. (Auditions for our nationally acclaimed Chamber Chorale are not being accepted at this time.) 

Please see below for additional details and a link to send us your application.
 
UPDATED MAY 5, 2022: We are now taking audition forms for auditions for our holiday 2022 concert with our new Artistic Director, Dr. Charles Beale! 
 
Everyone who would like to audition for the chorus must fill out the audition form on this page and attend our Info Night tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 29, 2022, at the University Christian Church, 3900 Cleveland Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. Auditions will be scheduled  immediately after the Info Night session and on subsequent evenings. 

Our holiday concert will begin rehearsals on September 12 at 7 pm with weekly Monday evening rehearsals at the same time. All rehearsals will be held at University Christian Church.

You must fill out an audition form for consideration for the holiday 2022 concert. Your audition form will be kept on file, and we will follow up with you in the next few weeks with more information about auditions and how to schedule a specific audition time slot.
 
All future auditions will continue to require a face mask and proof of COVID vaccination. COVID-19 restrictions will also limit the number of singers we can accept. We are not requiring a booster shot as part of your vaccination record, but this could change with as little as 24-hour notice. We encourage you to check with your medical provider to assess your own personal risk when singing indoors with a masked chorus. We will adjust these requirements, if possible, as we get closer to our audition dates in late August – early September 2022.
 
Our holiday concert will be performed the weekend of December 10-11, 2022, at the Balboa Theatre. There will also be several outreach performances during the months of September-December 2022.
 
Express your interest in a holiday 2022 audition by completing our online audition form below.
 
Questions about auditions? Contact us at Auditions@SDGMC.org
All auditions and Info Night are held at our regular rehearsal home, University Christian Church, located at 3900 Cleveland Avenue in Hillcrest, across from the DMV and Hillcrest Post Office.
 
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SAN DIEGO GAY MEN’S CHORUS
 
To be successful in your SDGMC audition, you should have some prior music experience either singing in a school, community or church chorus. Most members of SDGMC possess at least basic music sight-reading skills. Your five-minute audition with members of the artistic staff will consist of the following:
 
  • 16-32 measures of a prepared solo that you enjoy singing. You must either bring a performance track on a mobile device or a link to an online track. We will provide speakers. Sorry, but no unaccompanied or a cappella auditions are permitted. Part of your audition is determining how well you sing in tune to an accompaniment. We do not provide an accompanist, so please do not bring sheet music. (15 points)
  • A check of your vocal range, from high notes to low notes, to determine your vocal placement.
  • A check to see how accurately you can sing a note played for you on the piano. (10 points)
  • A check to see how accurately you can sing back a short combination of notes and rhythms played on the piano. (10 points)
  • A short six-question “match the music symbol to its name” quiz to check your knowledge of basic music notation symbols. (6 points)
  • A simple four to eight-measure sight-reading exercise. (10 points)
 
A combined score of 35 points is needed for admission to the chorus.

We are planning to return to our regular rehearsal schedule this fall: rehearsals will be on Monday evenings from 7 to 10 p.m. at the University Christian Church in Hillcrest. Free parking is available across the street at the Hillcrest DMV parking lot.

Dues are $75 for each four-month concert period for singing members. There are no dues for non-singing members. Singers are responsible for purchasing their own attire, including a tuxedo. Other expenses may include out of town events such as retreats, joint concerts, and festivals. Limited financial assistance is available, so please don’t let finances keep you from singing. Singers who receive financial assistance will qualify based on tenure and their willingness to pay back their financial assistance by volunteering to help with other tasks during the concert preparation period.

If you prefer to volunteer behind the scenes, please consider joining our Operations Team. No audition is required, and we are welcoming Operations team volunteers for our holiday concert. This is a great way to get introduced to the Chorus and be a part of the Chorus family! You may volunteer at any time during the year by contacting the Chorus Office at +1 (619) 432-2244. The Operations Team is vital to the success of the Chorus and helps during rehearsals, events and concert production.

You may complete an audition form, but please note that we will not get back to you until such a time when auditions are scheduled again. You may be asked to complete a form again at that time.