How to Become a Member


Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the Barrie Soundwaves! (BSW) We are always delighted to have new members. If you are a female, and at least 16 years old, you are welcome to join us at any of our rehearsals. We rehearse at the Dorian Parker Centre each Tuesday at 7 p.m. Please email to let us know that you are coming.
Here are a few frequently asked questions about becoming a member.

What is the commitment to be a member of BSW?
Regular attendance is an important part of active membership. We have weekly rehearsals throughout the year; with a couple weeks off in the summer and a couple weeks off at the end of each year. These rehearsals help to prepare us for public performances and our regional contest. 
What will it cost to be a member of the chorus?
Like many other leisure activities or hobbies we choose, there is a cost to members of the chorus. Fees are established each year and payment options are provided to our members. Some members choose to pay monthly, while others will do a lump sum payment. Please ask the Finance Coordinator for the current fee schedule when you come to a rehearsal.

Do I need to buy my own costume?
Costumes can vary from one performance to the next. Each chorus member pays a one-time user fee for her costumes (including jewelry and shoes). Occasionally, members are asked to purchase a unique item to complement the chorus choices. New members may also be asked to purchase the required make-up through the make-up committee, as a kit or individual items. 

The Barrie Soundwaves Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, the world's largest singing organization for women. Our mission is to preserve and share the art of singing four-part harmony in the barbershop style. Choruses like ours can be found all over Canada, the U.S., Australia, Finland, Germany, Japan, Sweden, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The organization is divided into 25 regions in North America and five worldwide areas. We belong to Region 16, which includes chapters in south/central Ontario and upper New York State.
What part do I sing?
During the initial visit, each guest will spend a few minutes with either the Director or Assistant Director. You will be asked to sing some scales to determine which part will suit your vocal range and maximize your current abilities. This is NOT an audition but a voice placement to determine what vocal part will suit you best. Occasionally, after trying it out, a new member may wish to change parts. Your Section Leader will help you make this decision.
The four parts in barbershop style a cappella singing are:
TENOR - sings harmony, usually above the lead part
LEAD - sings the melody line most of the time
BARITONE - sings harmony, sometimes above and sometimes below the lead; this part is said to be the 'glue' between the lead and bass parts and produces the 'barbershop' sound
BASS - sings a low, full harmony part that provides the foundation for the barbershop chord
What do I need to do to audition?   
Each prospective member must pass an audition before becoming a full member of the chorus. We will provide you with a lot of support through this process and you will be given time to prepare. When you are ready, there will be a practice audition before the actual one. You will have the opportunity to sing with a quartet, with your Section Leader as your background support.
What about the social aspects? 
When speaking with Barrie Soundwaves members, you will quickly recognize the many longstanding friendships that have formed over the years within the chorus. You will meet many varied, talented and interesting individuals. The music is their bond.

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