Come and Sing with Us
Under the direction of Andrew Gaydos, the society will begin its
58th year of singing choral music in the Seacoast.
Most of the details are below, and dues are wicked low !
Come to one of our first rehearsals each semesterand check us out! Over 16?, Liked singing back in school? Soloists are chosen from the membership !
A brief audition in private with the director is all that is required. (You don't need to prepare anything. See below for the whole process)
If you have questions you can send our director an email by clicking here , or going to the contact page to ask.
Where and When do you rehearse?.
We rehearse on Tuesday evenings 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
at the Forrestal-Bowld Music Center (Located on Tan Lane, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH)
Auditions are held during the first 3 weeks of rehearsals and will be arranged by the director.
Our Spring semester usually begins the beginning of January and the winter semester usually begins after labor day. Mark your calendar and come on down and sit in for the first few weeks. TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT!
A cultural icon on the New Hampshire
Seacoast, RCS attracts members from throughout
Rockingham County and bordering towns in Maine and
Massachusetts. Singers rehearse weekly at the Phillips
Exeter Academy Forrestal – Bowld Music Center for the
winter and spring performances.
The purpose of RCS is to foster the art
of performing Choral Music of all periods and styles. The society
strives to present concerts of the highest quality to
the community. Foremost, this group exists for the
enjoyment and education of singers and audience.
The Rockingham Choral Society has a
widely diverse membership. It is a multi generational,
multi cultural and multi interest group. Medical
professionals, academics, homemakers, attorneys,
librarians, bankers, military and private industry are
all represented in the society. All enjoy the spirit
of singing and sharing their musical gift with others.
This group is truly a valued cultural asset for members
and audience alike.
Audition policy of the Rockingham Choral Society
Who can audition?
Anyone who enjoys singing should audition! Our choir members have many levels of experience and expertise.
Although experience and knowledge of music theory and fundamentals are not required, all members are expected to be able to sing on pitch, in accurate rhythm, and demonstrate a capacity to learn and perform vocal music. It is beneficial to have some previous choral experience in a large or small group such as a school, church, or other community choir.
Auditions are open to all persons in the community without regard to race, age, creed, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual preference, national origin, ancestry, or physical disability.
Why do you have an auditioned group?
The Rockingham Choral Society (RCS) has a policy of utilizing soloists and small ensemble singers from within the RCS membership. This is possible since the choir has a number of singers with varying levels of experience and expertise. RCS utilizes an audition process to ensure the best possible use of our in-house talents and produce a well-balanced and blended Choral sound and performance.
All initial and maintenance auditions shall be conducted and completed by the third regular rehearsal of each semester and arranged to minimize the absence of the director from the regular rehearsal.
What exactly is the initial audition process?
Initial audition for membership The audition will be a simple five to ten minute process with the Director. You will be asked about your music and choral experience. Then, you will perform some vocal exercises to determine tonal quality, ability to match pitch, and range. Finally, you will be asked to sight read some simple musical phrases.
Will I ever have to re-audition?
Auditions for each section will be repeated every three years following an initial audition unless your initial audition falls within the last three years. For example; if you auditioned as a new member for the fall semester in 2013 and your section is due to re-audition next year, you won’t have to audition again until 2017.
Returning members who were absent for their sections regularly scheduled audition or who have been absent for more than two years will be required to audition. The music director can also audition members at his/her discretion. Many members who no longer actively sing stay on to help in other ways.
Who keeps all the paperwork?
The director will maintain and provide the board with a record of who has auditioned and what maintenance auditions are upcoming each semester. The details of the actual audition will be confidentialy maintained by the director and be made available to the president of RCS upon request.
What will this cost me?
Dues for the group are 35.00 agin this semester to help cover costs. If the dues are a hardship for a member, they can speak to thier section leader who will confidentially discuss waiving them with the President. Members are also expected to reumburse the Society for the cost of music which they can then keep. Iin the first year of membership they will reumburse the Society for the warm-up book. The desire of the Society is to keep costs down to remove financial barriers to membership as much as possible.