Auditioning for the AIGC
Singing in the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir is fun, exciting and rewarding. The mission of the AIGC is to inspire faith, hope, love, unity and joy through Black Gospel music. The AIGC adapts and performs many different types of songs, including spirituals, traditional gospel, contemporary gospel, freedom songs, and other “gospelized” songs.
Auditions are held in early September and early January each year (or at other times at the discretion of the Director). To sign up for an audition, call or text 707-633-8781 or email AIGChoir<at>gmail.com. Give your name, phone number and email address when you sign up. No previous choir singing experience is necessary to audition.
Prospective members are requested to attend the AIGC rehearsal before the audition so that they get a feeling for what it is like being a member of the choir. The low-pressure audition follows choir rehearsal.
The AIGC Director and accompanist will ask for three things of the prospective member:
- Sing a scale along with piano notes played to determine your vocal range.
- Repeat a few three-note intervals after they are played on the piano to see if you can hear and repeat sequences of notes.
- Sing a chorus of “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” with piano accompaniment and then along with other singers to get a feel for your voice. (Song lyrics are provided.)
The AIGC rehearses 7-9pm, Thursdays, from mid-August through mid-May, at the Arcata Presbyterian Church (11th & G St). The choir performs about 15 times per year at many different events. There are three AIGC-produced fundraising concerts per year — Harvest Concert (early November), Holiday Concert (early December) and Spring Concert (early May). Choir members are expected to practice on their own using lyrics, scores and recordings provided on the AIGC website. Choir members pay dues ($200/year) and have a one-time purchase of a choir robe. See the AIGC Choir Guidelines for more choir member information.