BASIC MEMBER EXPECTATIONS (please read before you apply):Membership is by audition and long-term once a singer gains full acceptance into the group. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday evening from 7-9:30 at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Camden. An additional dress rehearsal is scheduled at concert time (usually on the Thursday night that precedes concert week). Attendance at rehearsals is expected. Singers are expected to work on their music outside of rehearsal so we can devote rehearsal time to interpretation, blend, and musicality rather than note-learning. We provide many tools to enable this. The group performs at least two concert sets each year, in mid-January and in late June/early July. Singers are expected to perform at all concerts unless prior arrangements are made. Members pay annual dues of $60 which cover the use of scores and a copy of any recordings. Members who wish to keep their music may do so but must purchase it. Members are also expected to purchase VoXX-approved concert attire. Some financial help may be available. We are different from most ensembles in that we are all volunteers and the group is self-governed and self-led (no paid Music Director or staff). Members with the appropriate skill-set teach and lead our repertoire. Singers are expected to adjust to various conducting styles and to work in a collaborative fashion. Members are encouraged to put their skills to use and help out: they can serve on one of the committees that keep the group running, pitch in with setup and breakdown at rehearsals and concerts, host an after-party, wrangle ushers, spread the word about performances, do publicity tasks, etc. All members are also encouraged to suggest repertoire for possible inclusion in our concert sets.To enable our self-run model, we rely heavily on e-mail and the members-only section site for intra-group communication. Therefore, all members are expected to have at least basic connectivity to the web and to check the member site and email on a regular basis.
The VoXX audition is in two phases. Phase I consists of a session with the candidate and the Music Commttee. It covers pitch and interval matching, vocal quality, ability to control vibrato, and sight-reading skills. Candidates should come prepared to sing an a capella solo of their choice for the audition team. If, after Phase I is complete, the audition team considers the candidate a possible fit, Phase II will be scheduled, ideally one week later. Phase II is an audition with the entire group during a regular Wednesday night rehearsal (7-9:30 p.m.).The candidate joins in on all aspects of a regular rehearsal including warm-ups and learning of pieces the group is rehearsing for its current program. This is a chance for the candidate to see how VoXX works, as well as for the membership of VoXX to evaluate the candidate. The VoXX membership is provided with the candidate's application form for background prior to this rehearsal. In addition to participation in the rehearsal, the audition team will choose a work that the candidate will sing in quartet for the group. The score for this piece and all other music to be worked on at the audition rehearsal will be provided ahead of time. At the end of rehearsal, the candidate sings the pre-determined audition piece in quartet twice.The first time, the candidate is paired with a voice-partner from the group (for example, an alto candidate would be paired with an alto member of VoXX). The second time through, the VoXX voice-partner steps aside, and the candidate sings alone within the quartet as the rest of group listens.The candidate is then excused from rehearsal to enable the group to discuss and vote.