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About PFLC & Time Commitment
We want Prairie Fire Lady Choir to be a place where self-identified ladies with vocal ability can participate fully and learn together in a safe, supportive environment. You do not need to be able to read music, but we do ask that you:
- Be able to sing on pitch
- Be able to hold your own part while others sing harmony
- Be able to blend your voice with others
- Are willing to use self-monitoring and accept peer feedback as we work together
PFLC is a 100% DIY operation: we choose and help arrange the music, we schedule gigs, we run our own rehearsals, we manage our own publicity, and lots more. In other words, we need all hands on deck! We require that members volunteer for one or more committees, special project, or one of the many tasks it takes to keep PFLC going. With weekly rehearsals, occasional extra (pre-gig) rehearsals, individual practice time, committee/project participation, and gigs (once they start in April), you should budget around 10-15 hours a month.
Please carefully consider whether you can make this commitment BEFORE registering for auditions or accepting a spot in PFLC. There are many ladies who would love to sing with us, and we want to make sure that we meet and invite only those who can fully participate.
We welcome women of all backgrounds and are eager to add your one-of-a-kind characteristics to the ones our group is already celebrating.
We meet once a week, alternating Monday one week and Thursday the next, from 7:00-9:00 PM. Our first two rehearsals of the 2017 season will be February 6th and 13th with our first all choir meeting on February 23. Rehearsals start again on March 2. Our season will run from February through November in 2017 and we often have one or more “off season” fun gigs that are optional as well.
We add new songs to our existing repertoire each season. If you decide to accept a spot in PFLC, your responsibility is to learn the existing repertoire fairly quickly and largely outside of our regular rehearsal time. That means learning about 15-20 songs during the first half of the 2017 season. Don’t panic! You’ll have access to audio and sheet music for all songs. We’ll have extra rehearsals where we can learn the rep together. Plus many members organize small-group rehearsals with other ladies who feel they need a little extra practice time.
AUDITIONS are Thursday, January 19th from 6:00-9:00 PM (only). Auditions consist of three parts: a brief interview, some singing, and some more singing! Ladies will audition in groups of 3-4. We will ask each auditioning lady to do the following:
- Answer a few questions: Nothing scary! We promise.
- Sing 30-60 seconds of your favorite song, a capella (without accompaniment). Anything you’d like to sing, we’d love to hear! Then, to get a feel for your vocal range, we’ll have you sing a few easy scales.
- Sing Floodplain Ballad, one of our original songs, as a group. Floodplain Ballad is sung in simple 3-part harmony. We ask that you choose a part and practice it prior to auditions. (Don’t let the terms soprano, alto or tenor throw you, especially in terms of learning and singing Floodplain; all three parts are mid-range and make for very comfy singing.) We will provide you with sheet music and audio shortly after notifying you of your audition time. You may use sheet music during your audition. We’ll listen for pitch, blend, and your ability to stick to your part. Depending on how the numbers work out, you may be singing your part alone or with one other person. We will also ask you to do a few pitch matching exercises.
Rest assured – this is a supportive environment. We want you to have fun and do well!
WONDERING ABOUT RANGE? Our sopranos usually don’t go any higher than an E. Sometimes our tenors are called upon to go down to a low E (that’s the one below middle C. Think Patsy Cline’s low range.) We are looking for all voice parts.
THANK YOU for taking the time to read this. We know there is a lot of interest in joining PFLC, and we hope to make auditions accessible to everyone and FUN!