Becoming a Member
Information about the responsibilities of membership, how to become a member, and special membership programs.
We Welcome New Members!
We welcome singers who have the desire and commitment to learn and perform great choral music. Auditions are held at Trinity Lutheran Church (3637 Golf Road, Evanston) by appointment. Our current membership is about 130 singers and our Music Director, Dr. Julia Davids, will accept new members that complement our current section balance.
To audition, you must exhibit basic music literacy, including secure intonation, and a good quality tone. During the audition, Julia will ask you to vocalize, ascertain your vocal range, and chat in order to get to know you. You do not need to prepare anything other than warming upon your own.
If you are interested in next season, be aware that our audition slots fill quickly, so please send an email early in August to the NSCS Auditions Coordinator (northshorechoral.org). In your audition email please advise what voice part you sing (Sop I, Sop II, Alto I, Alto II, Tenor I, Tenor II, Baritone, Bass) and describe your previous singing experience.
If you are currently a full-time student, our Choral Scholars program may be of interest to you.
Expectations of Members
The North Shore Choral Society strives to provide our audiences and members with outstanding musical experiences. By accepting membership in NSCS you are agreeing to do your best to attend all rehearsals on time and in their entirety and to participate in all performances. This allows us to support each other and to perform to the best of our abilities. Dues are $100 per year ($30 for full-time students) and each member must purchase music and reasonably priced uniform concert attire.
Attendance at rehearsals and participation in all concerts is an expectation of membership. We perform at least three concerts per season as well as a Christmas Concert with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra. NSCS rehearses every Tuesday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. Special rehearsals, including an external, member-led sectional rehearsal for each concert, may be called as required.
We do understand that there will be occasional conflicts with rehearsals and possibly even with a performance. Early communication about conflicts is essential. While you may feel that your absence will not harm the ensemble, NSCS is a team and we need all singers to be fully committed to the organization.
Support for Members
While members are held to high expectations, NSCS provides many resources to enhance our performance. Members have compared our rehearsal warmups to mini-lessons for voice, and Music Director Dr. Julia Davids, co-author of Vocal Technique – A Guide for Conductors, Teachers, and Singers, gives us clear strategies for mastering the music. Rehearsal recordings and other resources are made available to support the at-home practice which is expected between rehearsals.
Finally, when we’re not rehearsing, NSCS is a very sociable group with options for additional participation. Listening parties are offered following each concert, members have convened book groups and organized music-related community service, and our annual fund-raising events run the gamut from karaoke to chamber music.
For general questions about NSCS, send an email to northshorechoral.org
For more information about singing with the Choral Society or to schedule an audition appointment, contact the NSCS Auditions Coordinator by sending an email to northshorechoral.org.