Becoming a choir member
Note: In 2020 the choir will be accepting Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses.
Being in the Oriana Singers is rewarding for members, musically and socially. Members enjoy singing in a large mixed-voice (SATB) choir. There is an expected level of personal commitment to achieve the standard required. Members are provided with practice CDs and web-based practice tracks, along with sheet music.
It is not a requirement to read music as approximately half the choir are non-music readers. There is the opportunity to learn and regularly perform a diverse range of choral music to appreciative audiences. You will have the opportunity to attend vocal workshops and you will work on your singing technique during rehearsals. You will belong to a sociable and supportive group of like-minded people.
There is an annual subscription cost to belong to the choir, which is currently $55. New members initially have an informal audition (to ensure you are placed in the correct voice part) with the choir director, and if suitable, are then invited to join in with rehearsals.
The choir typically performs twice a year with major concerts mid-year and at the end of the year. The choir also perform at events such as the Anzac Day service, Advent Fairs, Christmas events, Community Days as well as performing at local retirement villages.
Rehearsals take place from 7.00pm to 9.00pm every Tuesday and also on the Friday before a Saturday concert (rehearsals are at St Andrews Church, Dee Street, Mt Maunganui). On the day of a concert the choir meets at the venue prior to the performance to run through the pieces and staging.
Singers need to join at the beginning of a concert cycle so they have enough time to learn the concert music. The choir currently has a limit of 50 current members due to space constraints in venues. At various times, members may take a leave of absence and spaces will open up for new members.
Interested? If you'd like to know more about the choir, then drop us a line through our enquiry contact form below - we'd love to hear from you. We would especially love to have more men join us!