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SING WITH FESTIVAL CHORALE OREGON

We welcome all capable singers—no audition required! Whether you grew up singing at school or church, or studied vocal performance, we encourage you to check us out.

Our season typically runs September through April and is divided into two terms. Fall term begins in September and ends with a concert in November. Winter term begins in January and ends with a concert in April. Singers can join for either term or both! Rehearsals are held in Salem on Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

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Singers pay member dues and music fees each term and are also responsible for the cost of their concert attire. Singers are also expected to sell tickets, distribute concert posters, sell program ads, and assist with setup and teardown at both rehearsals and concerts.

To learn more, contact our Membership Coordinator. Or, register below.

SING WITH THE FESTIVAL CAROLERS

If you enjoy singing traditional Christmas carols and wearing Victorian costumes, you can help raise funds to support FCO! Carolers are singers from within the chorale and are selected by audition. Participation is very demanding in terms of both time and singing ability.

The Festival Carolers perform 25-30 times between Thanksgiving and Christmas at both public and private events, though individual carolers are assigned to each event based on availability and need. All carolers perform at FCO's own community concert that is held in mid-December.

Festival Carolers at the Oregon Garden

Auditions are held in September, with rehearsals throughout the fall including an all-day workshop in October. Carolers must attend all rehearsals and commit to learning a large repertoire of both familiar and lesser known carols.

 

Carolers are responsible for the cost of their own Victorian costumes and provide their own transportation to event as far away as Portland, Corvallis, Dallas, Lebanon, and Stayton.

To learn more, contact our Caroling Coordinator.

FAQs

How do I register?

You must register online prior to the start of each term. Registration opens about a month before a term begins.

 

When does the next term begin?

Fall Term: Sept. 13, 2022

Winter Term: Jan. 10, 2023

When are rehearsals?

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

 

Where are rehearsals?

Holy Cross Lutheran Church

1998 Lansing Ave NE

Salem, OR 97301

 

How much does it cost?

Singers pay member dues ($45) and music fees (varies) each term. Member dues are waived for full-time students, and financial assistance is available if participation costs present an economic hardship. Singers are also responsible for the cost of their concert attire and must provide their own black music folder.

Do I need to audition?

No, we welcome all capable singers. Come check us out and decide for yourself whether our music and pace is a good fit for your singing abilities.

 

What do I wear for concerts?

Singers may wear either of the following options:

  • Black tuxedo with white shirt, black vest, black bow tie, black shoes, and black socks.

  • Designated dress and jacket with closed-toe black shoes. The dress and jacket cost approximately $100 (plus shipping) and singers are responsible for ordering their own attire. Samples are available at the first few rehearsals of each term to determine sizing.

Occasionally, alternate concert attire is selected to fit the theme of a particular concert.

 
REGISTER FOR 2023 WINTER TERM

Registration to Open Mid-December

Winter term rehearsals for FCO's 2022-23 season are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, January 10. We will be preparing Robert Cohen's Alzheimer's Stories and Ralph Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music with weekly rehearsals from 7:00-9:30pm every Tuesday from January 10 through April 11.

To celebrate our return to singing this season, we are waiving member dues and music fees. Singers remain responsible for the cost of the required concert attire (details will be provided at rehearsal). FCO will provide Resonance-95 singer masks to singers who do not already own one.

Choir for All

Since our founding, FCO has focused on making our music and our organization accessible to all. From financial assistance for participation costs to accommodating various physical needs, we want you to feel welcomed and supported. Contact our Membership Coordinator to discuss particular needs or concerns.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Choral singing is thought to be a higher-risk activity for the spread of COVID-19. To protect the health and safety of everyone who interacts with our organization, FCO has adopted the following protocols:

 

Vaccination

All members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive all recommended booster doses once eligible. Proof of vaccination is required to participate in FCO events including rehearsals and concerts.

 

Masking

Masking is optional unless recommended/required according to public health guidance. FCO provides Resonance-95 singer masks to members who do not already own one. Members must wear a Resonance-95 mask while singing if masking is recommended/required by public health officials—other masks/face coverings may not be substituted for the designated mask.

Notification & Isolation

Any member who tests positive for COVID-19 must report their diagnosis to FCO as soon as possible and may not participate in any FCO event until determined safe to do so according to public health guidance or their healthcare provider. FCO will not disclose the identity of any member who tests positive but will notify all members of potential exposures.