While we don’t have auditions, we do expect you to do what’s best for both you and the ensemble. We have all gone through the same fear about joining a new band, so we promise to be friendly and welcoming. Many of us have had long breaks from our instruments and we’re happy to report that even after many years of not playing, the skills often come back quickly.
If you are a beginner, talk to us. We periodically run a beginner band (called The Undercurrents) when there are enough players to support it. If there is no beginner band this year, an alternative is to join a lower level band with the Westwinds Music Society in Calgary, and then join us after your skills have developed.
CHOIR: We are looking for people who love singing and know a little about music. You do not need to have prior experience to join the choir but you should have some familiarity with reading music. Some people are able to learn by ear but it is difficult for them to practice at home if they cannot read music. Our choir director at times puts audio files of the vocal parts on our website to assist practicing at home. Also, the music can be found online. So come! Join us for a couple of rehearsals and see if you like it. If you do, then talk to our director about becoming a member. It’s a lot of fun!
- loading and setting up equipment for performances
- helping to sell tickets, decorate and run the dance
- organizing workshops
- working occasional casinos
- filling the role of a Board director
- being a music librarian or photographer
- tidying the music room after rehearsals