FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS... About Joining Us
Q: Can anyone join?
A: Absolutely! We are a non-audition adult (ages 18+) community choir. All you need to do is be able to match pitch (sing the same note as your neighbour) and commit to rehearsals. We have a wide variety of members including accomplished musicians and singers, members who do not read music and those whose only experience prior to joining was singing in the shower. The Big Rock Singers will provide lots of encouragement and support along with hints and tips from our Director about good singing habits. After just a few rehearsals, your confidence will soar with how easy it is!
Q: When and where do you rehearse?
A: We rehearse every Wednesday evening at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Okotoks. In the Fall season (September to first week of December), we rehearse from 7:00-9:30pm. In the Spring season (January to first week of May) we have two groups, depending on the amount of music and movement you want to enjoy! Our “Concert Choir” rehearses from 7:00-8:30pm and our “Show Choir” from 7:00-10:00pm. In the Spring we also rehearse 2-3 times on Saturdays when we are nearing our show date. Folks quite often get together weekly with other members of their singing section on Monday evenings to practice – participation in this is optional, but really fun and a great way to make new friends!
Q: What are the performance dates?
A: Our 2017-18 performances will be at the Okotoks United Church (Christmas) and Foothills Centennial Centre (Spring) in Okotoks as follows:
Q: Can I come and try first?
A: Yes. We have a “tire kick” policy for our first rehearsal of the season; Wednesday Sept 6 at 7pm. Come check us out. A fun loving gang of singers will welcome you with open arms. There is no obligation to join, but we know you will love it as much as we do!
Q: How much does it cost?
A: You can pay for a single season or for both seasons. Check out the fees on our Registration page. Once paid, all fees are strictly non-refundable.
Q: Is there financial assistance?
A: The Big Rock Singers is a community choir open to all adults who love to sing! To reduce barriers to joining our choir due to financial circumstance, there are a number of financial assistance options available. All such requests are confidential. Please email through the Contact Us on the website to apply or for further information.
Q: What is your withdrawal and refund policy?
A: We have a strict policy on refunds as we make plans and financial commitments based on paying members. Once you have paid, there is no refund if you withdraw.
Q: What else do I need to know?
A: All our music is performed from memory. It sounds harder than it is. If you attend rehearsals and put the time in you will learn the music. It is an amazing experience to sing “off book”. Singing “off book” allows us to introduce exciting movement and choreography for the audience. Our directors design age-and-stage appropriate choreography for our performances. For our Christmas performances, we have limited movement and choreography. In our Spring performance, we do a lot more, but you can decide how much you get involved based on your comfort level. You will also have to budget for costumes. The Big Rock Singers provide you with lots of support and guidance on ways to create amazing economical costumes.
Q: More Questions?
A: Contact our wonderful Music Director by sending your questions through our “Contact Us” page.