When is the program?
Our next show is Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m., Woodlands Auditorium, 1101 DeSoto Blvd., Hot Springs Village. General admission tickets, still only $10, will be available by early November from members, online at www.hsvticketsales.com, or in person at either the Ponce de Leon Center/Woodlands Auditorium or Coronado Community Center. You may also call Woodlands at 501-922-4231 or Coronado Community Center at 501-922-5050 to order tickets by phone. If available, tickets will be sold in the box office immediately prior to the show.
What should I know about the program?
Come expecting to have a good time. Our motto is “prepared and polished but not pretentious.” If you haven’t smiled or laughed throughout the evening, we haven’t met our own goals! Dress to make yourself comfortable attending an evening’s entertainment with your neighbors and friends. We have an intermission; a cash bar will be available. Lobby doors open by 6:00 and auditorium doors should open at 6:45 p.m. Expect to be heading home by 9:30.
Can't "carry a tune in a bucket"?
Attend our programs and support us with your presence and applause.
I don't have a lot of time. Do I need to make a long-term commitment?
One show each season is preceded by eight or nine weekly 2-hour rehearsals and one 2-hour technical rehearsal the day before the program.
What are your expectations?
You are agreeing to attend scheduled weekly rehearsals, to work on your music outside rehearsals and to participate in the show. More than two absences need to be approved by the director. Singers also help the group by selling tickets and posting fliers promoting the program at local area businesses. Several members of the group serve on a steering committee to help with various tasks and group management.
Should I be a trained or professional musician?
While we do have a small number who are, and welcome more, we are mainly a dedicated group of amateurs who want to add light and joy to our own lives and those of the community around us.
Do I need to be able to read music?
Not all of us do. Those-who-don’t listen carefully to those-who-do in order to learn their parts and blend in. Ability to sing with your section in harmony with other sections is very important.
What help will I have in learning my music?
During our first month of rehearsals, we concentrate on about one-fourth of our music each week so that there's plenty of time for things to "sink in." Also for our first month, our first hour is spent in "sectionals," time for the high and low voices to work on their music parts separately. The second hour is for all voices to sing together and work on the parts of each song that are not sounding confident. During our second month, we focus on strengthening problem spots and polishing for our performance.
Do I need to memorize my music?
We rarely memorize.
What does it cost to participate?
Dues are $15 per "semester," payable at the first rehearsal. Ticket sales do not completely cover expenses, so this small amount really does help cover the gap! Music and folder are provided.
What do I wear?
Rehearsal attire should be comfortable and may certainly be “retirement/business casual.” Performer-provided clothing for the program is either black or white long-sleeve collarless shirt/blouse for women, long-sleeve white shirt for men, black long skirt/trousers, black hosiery and black shoes.
How do I get more information?
E-mail us at CedarMountainVillageSingers (at) gmail (dot) com . E-mail checked regularly during rehearsal season, less often during breaks.