Frequently Asked Questions
Who sings in River City Voices?
People who live and work in western Sydney who are passionate, committed vocalists and who strive for excellence.
What do you mean by western Sydney?
Western Sydney has been defined as encompassing the following local government areas: Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, the Hills District, Liverpool, City of Parramatta, Penrith and Wollondilly.
Can I sing in the choir if I don’t live or work in western Sydney?
Yes - you’re still welcome to sing provided you can make the commitment.
What kind of commitment is expected?
Choristers should be available for at least 80% of scheduled rehearsals plus non-negotiable calls.
What if I already sing with a community/other choir?
Keep singing! If you have the time and energy, we're happy for you to be in other choirs provided you meet our expected commitment. RCV seeks to complement the activities of other choral/arts organisations. Most western Sydney community choirs rehearse Mon - Wed, that's why we chose Thursday evening rehearsals. RCV is also intended to bridge community and professional level performance.
Where and when are rehearsals held?
The rehearsal venue in 2021/22 is the Cloisters Hall, St Patrick's Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta.
The Hall is located close to the Parramatta CBD (near Riverside Theatres), a 12 minute walk from the Parramatta Railway Station and Bus Interchange.There is free on site parking available.
Rehearsals are every Thursday evening between 6.30 - 9.30pm. (Times vary with COVID restrictions)
There may be additional rehearsals prior to a performance, but ample notice will be provided.
A draft rehearsal schedule will be provided at the audition.
Can I come and watch a rehearsal first?
Yes, we have an "open door" policy. If you would like to come and observe a weekly rehearsal send an email to email@example.com or just drop in on the night and introduce yourself.
How do I join?
Membership is by audition.
When are the next auditions?
Thursday, 23 April 2022 - 3.30pm - 5.30pm (Following the Free Singing Workshop commencing at 2.00pm)
Venue: Cloisters Hall, St Patrick's Cathedral, 1 Marist Place, Parramatta
What are the audition requirements?
Auditions will be headed by our Artistic Director and will take approximately 10 minutes. You will be required to sing:
One (1) song from any genre, in any language, that shows your vocal range comfortably and that you enjoy singing.
Simple exercises that show your vocal range and test your aural and sight reading skills.
A piano accompanist will be provided. Ensure you bring a readable copy of your piece to the audition for the accompanist.
I can't sight read music. Should I still audition?
Of course! Many choristers cannot sight read, but you get better the more you rehearse and perform. What is essential is a healthy voice, musicality, ability to maintain pitch, recall and hold your melody, sometimes in a fast paced environment, and willingness to do your homework to ensure you keep pace.
At the beginning of 2019, we conducted a 6 week Associate Chorister program for auditionees who we identified could become core choristers, with some extra coaching in voice and musicianship. All singers "graduated" to the main choir!
When will I find out if I am successful?
Usually within 5 days of your audition.
What does it cost to be a chorister in River City Voices?
The 2021 chorister contribution was $170 for the calendar year. The choir is a not-for-profit organisation. Contributions are directed towards ongoing operational costs. RCV believes every successful auditionee should have the chance to participate. Please discuss any financial hardship issues with our General Manager following your acceptance.
What if my audition is unsuccessful?
Ask us for feedback! We are happy to discuss your audition and point you in the right direction to help you improve your musicianship and vocal technique. We recommend that singers re-audition no less than 6 months after their previous audition.