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:
All members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster dose once eligible. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Currently, a person is eligible for a booster dose six months after the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or two months after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of vaccination will be required to participate in FCO events including rehearsals and concerts.
All members must be masked while participating in FCO events including rehearsals and concerts. Because standard masks/face coverings are poorly designed for singing, FCO will purchase and provide Resonance Singer Masks to all registered members who do not already own one. Members must use a Resonance Singer Mask while singing—other masks/face coverings may not be substituted for the required mask.
Notification & Isolation
Any member that 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 that tests positive but will notify all members of potential exposures.
Regular rehearsals: at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1998 Lansing Ave NE, Salem, OR 97301. Each Tuesday 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Mar 29 Tutti Rehearsal (Holy Cross), call time 6:45pm
Apr 5 Dress Rehearsal (Holy Cross), call time 6:45pm
Apr 9 Saturday Rehearsal (Holy Cross) 1:00–4:00pm
Apr 10 Concert, call time 2:00pm
Section leaders are assigned each term to handle administrative tasks such as attendance, and helping new members as well as leading sectional rehearsals and bringing trouble spots to the attention of the director for additional practice. Please contact your section leader if you need to miss a rehearsal. (Click on name to send them an email).
Soprano: Sheila Clausen (503-302-4722)
Alto: Doris Clark (503-910-4777)
Tenor: Karl Wozniak (503-931-9386)
Bass: Sam Kinney (971-382-9948)
January 18, 2022
7:00 - 9:00 pm - Rehearsals for Schubert Mass
Interested in Singing with Us?
Membership in Festival Chorale Oregon is open to all good singers with prior singing experience. No auditions are required.
Join the Festival Carolers
A select group of singers from the larger Chorale is chosen by audition to sing with the Festival Carolers. [LEARN MORE]
How do I register?
We encourage you to complete your registration on-line prior to the start of the term. If you choose not to use the on-line registration, you may register at the first two rehearsals (come early): registration is closed after that. Credit cards, checks and cash are accepted forms of payment.
When does the next term begin?
Winter Term: Jan. 18, 2022
Fall Term: Sept. 2023
What time is rehearsal?
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Tuesdays
Where are rehearsals?
Rehearsals are at Holy Cross Lutheran Church,1998 Lansing Ave NE, Salem, OR 97301.
How much are dues?
Dues are $45 each term, to be paid at the first rehearsal of the term (free dues for full-time students).
How much does the music cost?
Music prices vary per term.
Do I need to audition?
No. Festival Chorale Oregon is open to all good singers with some previous experience. It is self-auditioning in that you will be able to tell if you are not up to the music.
What do I wear for concerts?
1. A tuxedo with white shirt, black vest and black bow tie, black shoes and black socks.
2. Purchase a standard concert dress and jacket, approximate cost is $90. [CLICK HERE] for information about ordering women's performance ensemble.
Occasionally the choir wears different clothing to fit the theme of a concert.
You must provide your own black folder for the music. Please do your part to help us maintain a professional stage presence. Neither men nor women may wear scent of any kind as scents cause physical distress to those with allergies.
What do I wear for dress rehearsal?
Anything you want to. It is called dress rehearsal because it is our chance to rehearse with the orchestra. It does not, however, require concert dress.
How to Join Festival Chorale
Membership in Festival Chorale Oregon is open to all good singers with prior singing experience. No auditions are required. We use what we call a self-auditioning process: you come try it out and see if you are able to keep up with the pace and musical rigor. Interested singers should arrive at the first rehearsal of a term about 45 minutes early in order to register, pay dues, and purchase music. Singers may join only at the beginning of a term. (Generally beginning of September, beginning of January, and mid-March each year).
Rehearsals are each Tuesday from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The season typically runs from September through May each year, with three concert performances each season - typically in November, March and May. We have no rehearsals in the summer.
Weekly rehearsals are at Holy Cross Lutheran Church—1998 Lansing Ave NE, Salem.
If you wish to join or have any questions about how to become a member of the Chorale contact the membership coordinator.
Singers are expected to pay dues, purchase their music, and purchase the specified performance attire.
How to Join the Festival Carolers
A select group of singers from the larger Chorale is chosen by audition to sing with the Festival Carolers. Participation is very demanding in terms of volunteer time as well as vocal capability. The Carolers typically perform 25-30 gigs during the short holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year. Proceeds from these paid gigs serve as a major fund-raising source for the larger chorale.
Individual carolers are assigned to gigs based on their availability as well as the need for singers on a specific gig. No one sings every gig, but each caroler should expect to make a large time commitment and be able to memorize a large repertoire of Christmas carols both familiar and unfamiliar. The Carolers are called upon to sing at a variety or retirement centers, office parties, malls and even private events in homes, as well as a few concert-type events such as at the Grotto in Portland. Carolers provide their own Victorian costumes and drive to gigs as far away as Portland, Corvallis, Dallas, Lebanon, and Stayton. A few power rehearsals are scheduled in the fall, including a full day workshop in October. All carolers are required to attend all caroling rehearsals.
Auditions are held in September. Contact Rebekah to arrange an audition time.
FCO has participated in several international choir tours. There are plans forming for the next tour, tentatively for the summer of 2024. The tour is managed by a professional tour company and includes airfare from Portland, all hotels with breakfasts, several group dinners, ground transportation, and tour guides.
We welcome singers and non-singers alike to join us on tour. Auditions for singers can be arranged by contacting Rebekah (see below).
For more information, contact Rebekah at 503-585-5404 or email@example.com.
An ensemble of approximately 40 singers traveled to Austria, Czech Republic and Germany in July of 2018 on choir tour. Stops on the tour included Salzburg, Halstaat, Vienna, Eisenstadt, Prague, and the village of Hahnheim in Germany.