The Sounds of Aloha Chorus is always interested in new members. Male singers of all ages and all walks of life are invited to share in the fun! We usually meet Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m to 9:30 p.m., at the Ala Wai Golf Course Clubhouse in the second floor ballroom. But because of a maintenance problem there, our rehearsal locations and times vary now, so please check here to be sure where and when we are meeting on a given week.
There are several steps to becoming a member of the chorus, but we make them easy:
You should attend at least three chorus rehearsals before applying for membership. Being an active SOA member requires some commitment. We want a prospective member to know a little bit about our art form and our chorus before making that commitment. Along the way, we will teach you about barbershop harmony and provide lots of encouragement and help -- not to mention fun!
When you visit as a guest, the chorus will attempt to place you in the right voice part based on your interest, your voice range, your singing experience, and your ability to sing the melody or a harmony part. To help with the voice placement, we may ask you to sing a simple song like "Happy Birthday" or try a little harmony singing, but if we do, this will be a very informal and low-pressure experience! Sometimes a guest or a member asks to change to a different voice part after trying one part out for a while. That's OK!
Once a guest has decided he would like to join the Sounds of Aloha Chorus, he will be asked to complete a short application, and together he and the chorus will work toward preparing for his audition. We are a performing organization and do have musical expectations for performing chorus members, but SOA also is an educational organization. We work very hard with prospective members to help them succeed!
The audition involves singing your own part in a quartet on a relatively simple song. Trust us: this is not as big a deal as it may sound! Barbershoppers are really good teachers, and we have a passionate commitment to helping new members experience the joys of singing a cappella harmony! Besides, there is no time limit on how long a prospective member can prepare to audition, and he can audition more than once.
If for some reason an applicant truly is unable to succeed in the audition, all is not lost! He will be offered non-performing membership status if he desires. There are many non-performing roles an Aloha Chapter member can fill while enjoying the extraordinary fellowship of our group and celebrating this amazing art form! The Aloha Chapter has members who make outstanding contributions to the organization without singing in public performances.
OK, full disclosure: there are some modest dues for belonging to the chorus and to the Barbershop Harmony Society. But payment plans are available. And if you're under 26 years old, your dues are discounted by 50%!
APPROVAL & MEMBERSHIP
Once you've completed the above steps, your application will be recommended to the Aloha Chapter's Board of Directors for formal approval. Your life may never be the same, and we mean that in a very good way!
For more information, please contact us by webform, phone, or e-mail.
P.S. If you are a woman who is interested in singing barbershop harmony, we invite you to contact one or both local choruses of our sisters-in-song, the Sweet Adelines: Honolulu Blend Show Chorus and Na Leo Lani.