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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible to sing with your chorus?   A: Women who love to sing and perform.

Q: What IS your style of singing?  A: We sing four-part harmony, a cappella, in the barbershop style (which simply means "very close harmony")... it's the style that puts the "goosebumps" on your arms or down your back when you hear it. We sing a variety of music from the 1920s up to the 1990s which includes traditional gospel, blues and barbershop arrangements.

Q: Do I have to be an accomplished singer? A: No, If you can carry a tune, match pitches and harmonize. We'll work to teach you the rest.

Q: Do I have to know how to read music?  A: No, several of our members do not read music. We have learning tracks on CDs and our members and director will help you learn.

Q: I've always been told I couldn't sing because my voice isn't "high" like a female voice should be. A: Boy, do we have a place for you! Our style of singing utilizes the lower female voice ranges... in fact, we LOVE them!

Q: Where do your members come from? A: Our members come from Northwest Washington from Snohomish to Whatcom County. Members of any age are welcome.

Q: Do I have to sing in a quartet? A: No, there is no requirement to sing in a quartet.

Q: When do you rehearse? A: Every Monday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Q: Where do you rehearse? A: At the Mount Vernon Community Center, 1401 Cleveland Avenue, on the corner of Cleveland and Hazel. NOTE: We enter through the rear doors.

Q: What do I do if I'd like to learn more? A: Come visit a rehearsal or Contact us or call Carol @ 425-232-9171

Q: When do you perform? A: We perform for many civic organizations, various retirement or care homes, private parties, etc. We also usually present an annual show for the public in general, and a Christmas Concert. 

Q: What about costumes? A: Most costume costs are paid for as a portion of your monthly dues. 

Q: What does all this cost? A: We have an initial fee to join our organization. After members are accepted, the dues are $30 per month. Members 25 years of age and younger pay 1/2 dues and 1/2 of the initial fee. 

Q: Can I visit one of your rehearsals? A: Absolutely. Our rehearsals are always open to visitors.

Q: Do I have to audition to become a member? A: Yes; however, we make it as "gentle" as possible and help you through the process. You do not have to sing a solo, but we help you learn to sing in a quartet situation just to see that you are capable of carrying your part... and, no, you do not sing in front of the whole chorus.

Q: What else can you tell me about Sweet Adelines, International? A: Our world-wide organization is made up of over 500 choruses comprised of approximately 27,000 women around the world. The educational programs are unsurpassed and focus on both the singing and administrative angles of membership. The personal growth opportunities are boundless (many of our members will gladly tell you of their own experiences). You may also choose to get involved with Regional leadership, which could provide the opportunity to being involved at the International level. Visit Sweet Adelines International Website.

Q: Do you ever get together with other choruses? A: Yes. The world-wide "network" is divided into "Regions". Each Region has periodic educational seminars and annual competitions. The chorus and quartet winners of each Region then compete against each other at the International Convention and Competition, which is held annually in different parts of the world (WOW, what a wonderful experience that is). In October of 2010 the International Competition was held in SEATTLE! Next year it will be in Las Vegas, NV. Our Region also has periodic weekend-long "Area Schools" that provide special "coaching" and learning experiences.

Q: What do I do if I'd like to learn more? A: Come visit a rehearsal (we’ll have you singing with us right away) and see if what we do is something that might interest you. We're a very friendly, supportive group of gals and truly enjoy sharing our "hobby" with others. We'd love to see you... and bring a friend.

Q: What if I can’t sing? Can I still be involved in Harmony Northwest Chorus? A: Yes, We are always looking for volunteers to help with the production of our concerts and shows, Volunteer opportunities exist in set building, stage direction, lighting, costume design and production. We also accept monetary donations as a 501(c) (3) non profit organization.