We are not able to take in new members at this time.
Open Voices is an non-auditioned choir. The current membership ranges from people who are new to singing in a choir to those who are very experienced. Some members read music well, some do not. Some members have beautiful singing voices, some do not.
Frequently asked questions about joining Open Voices Choir
Do I need musical experience to be a member of Open Voices?
No, Open Voices is a non-auditioned community choir and there is no voice check, required experience or musical training needed to join.
Print music, teaching recordings, beginning theory lessons (optional) and sectional rehearsals are provided to help members learn and have maximum fun. We are friendly and fun, and you’ll find you ‘belong’ very quickly!
What is expected of members regarding dues, attendance, and leaves of absences?
Weekly rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Cooke’s Portsmouth United Church. They start in mid-September and end in mid-June. Members are expected to attend rehearsals but for those who travel or have occasional things come up, extra practices are offered allowing everyone to do their fair bit preparing for our concerts.
Full Membership dues are $270.00 per year. However, the choir doesn’t want finances to be a barrier, so other amounts are acceptable, no questions asked. Our operating budget is planned around approximately 85% of members paying full dues.
For more information about being an OV member, review our OV Membership Policy which outlines a consistent set of expectations and procedures for members of Open Voices. The policy aims to balance individual needs with choir needs.
How do I become a member of Open Voices?
STEP 1: STAY TUNED FOR THE “CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS” ANNOUNCEMENT
The capacity to take in new members is assessed at the end of every concert season, after current members are offered the opportunity to register for the following concert year.
If there is enough room for new members for an upcoming concert year (starting in September), a “Call for New Members” announcement will generally be made in the early summer. It will be advertised through our current members, on the OV website, on the OV Facebook page, and in the local papers.
STEP 2: SUBMIT AN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FORM
The call for new members will request that interested individuals fill out an Expression of Interest Form and submit it before the deadline date, which is normally around July 15th.
The form can be completed online, or mailed to Open Voices Community Choir, Box 1010, Kingston, ON K7L 4X8.
STEP 3: ATTEND A POTENTIAL NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
Andy Rush, Artistic Director, and a Board Member will hold orientation sessions in the late summer for interested individuals. These sessions will be an opportunity to learn more about the choir, the upcoming concert season schedule, and what it’s like to be a member.
If, after this session, you determine that you are still interested in being a member and are able to commit to participating in the OV concert season, you will have the opportunity to submit your name into the lottery.
STEP 4: WAIT TO HEAR BACK
After all orientation sessions are completed, the submitted names will be “put in a hat” and drawn at random, section by section. The Artistic Director also has the prerogative to select a few members specifically to balance or strengthen sections of the choir, and the Board has the prerogative to use affirmative action to help create diversity in the choir.
You will be advised by phone about the results of the lottery.
More questions about OV membership?
If we haven’t answered all your questions about joining the choir, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Voices not for you?
Check out Kingston Community Choirs for a list of other community choirs in the Kingston area.