Interested in joining the Chattanooga Choo Choo Chorus for an evening of great singing and fellowship? Read on for details on how to join us as a guest and what it takes to become a performing member of our organization.
We rehearse every Monday evening from 7:00 to 9:30 PM at Ponders Funeral Home at 4203 Brainerd Road. Parking is behind the building and free, just come on in the open door to the right. Guests are welcome at every rehearsal. As a first-time guest, we will ask you a few questions about your singing background and help you select the proper barbershop part (tenor, lead, baritone, or bass) for your range. Then we will give you some music and start singing right away! There is no audition to sing with us as a guest. We will ask an experienced member of your section to sing next to you so he can answer any questions you may have as the evening progresses. Don’t worry if you can’t read sheet music. We provide learning CDs for most of our songs and you can learn to read barbershop sheet music as your love for the hobby grows. All you need is the ability to match a pitch being played on a piano. We can teach you the rest. Also, don’t worry about your age. We have members from under 18 to over 80 ringing beautiful chords together, smiling and laughing all the while.
We start each rehearsal with a warm-up session with the Associate Director from 7:00 – 7:20, then the Director takes over for an hour, usually teaching us new music. Then we have quick announcements from the board members and a short break. Then it’s back to singing until around 9:30. We are a performing and competing chorus with over a dozen performances every year, so we are constantly reviewing our repertoire and learning new songs for upcoming performances and competitions.
If you have been a visitor for three weeks and you think this is the kind of organization that you would enjoy being a part of, see the Membership Involvement VP to begin the process. He can guide you down the path to membership. It is not a difficult path and most of the steps are designed to ensure that you will get the most out of your time with us.
Over time, you may decide to join a quartet or form your own. You may wish to sit on the board and make sure the organization is still thriving for generations to come. There are many jobs to be done in the chapter, each of them important, and you can contribute in however many ways you wish. From the President of the chapter to building sets; from organizing music to taking out the trash; there is a place for people of all talents to contribute.