The Olympia Chorus is seeking a front line director!
We are a chartered mid-sized Sweet Adeline chorus of 35-40 enthusiastic members located in Olympia, Washington. Olympia Chorus has been part of the Western Washington music community for over 50 years. We currently rehearse on Monday nights 6:30 – 9:30 PM at Olympia’s Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, although we would consider altering our rehearsal schedule to accommodate the “right” person. We placed 5th at our 2019 regional contest.
We asked our members to share the qualities they would like to see in our new director. The list below is a compilation of their comments. Most importantly, we are seeking a director who can continue the vocal learning and growth we have enjoyed over the past two years.
The ideal candidate will:
Possess strong musical knowledge and skills
Possess a balance of joy and musicianship
Have the ability to teach/grow the vocal skills of the chorus
Prepare the chorus for future competitions
Be available for sing-outs as much as possible
Be willing to seek continuing education
Utilize humor and fun as part of the rehearsal and learning processes
Hold high expectations for the chorus and individual members
Develop rapport with individual members
Prepare/plan for effective rehearsals
Participate with the Management Team and Music Staff to guide chorus progress
Collaborate with and delegate responsibilities to Assistant Directors
Commit to engaging in our chorus community
If you feel you would be a good match for Olympia Chorus and are interested in applying, or if you have questions, please contact the chorus or Sally Ryerson at firstname.lastname@example.org
We rehearse every Monday evening from 6:30pm-9:30pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia, WA. All rehearsals are open to visitors—whether
you want to sit and watch, or participate! Please arrive a few minutes
early so we can meet you and give you more information.
The chorus will NOT be rehearsing on the following Mondays:
January 1, 2019
May 6, 2019
May 13, 2019
September 2, 2019
November 25, 2019
*Note: Although we rehearse in a church, Olympia Chorus is not a religious organization.
Guests, on the first night, are invited to sing with us or they can
sit and watch us. A member of our music staff might ask you to meet
with her for just a few minutes to determine which part you and your
voice would be most comfortable singing. You may also be paired with a
“riser buddy” who sings the same part as you to help you with the music
throughout the night. We usually have copies of sheet music available
for all of our songs as well.
*Note: Because of some members’ allergies, please refrain from wearing perfumes or strongly-scented toiletries.
What to Expect
A typical rehearsal starts with about 30 minutes for warm-ups, both
physical and vocal. After everyone is warmed up, we work on music that
will eventually be performed at shows or competitions. At some point
during the night, there is usually a brief period dedicated to
sectionals, where the chorus splits up into groups based on voice parts.
After rehearsal, we make announcements about upcoming performances,
educational opportunities, fundraising projects, and other things. We
always end the night by joining hands in a circle and singing one final
Every Spring, the Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets of North by Northwest Region 13 come together for a regional competition. The winners move on to the Sweet Adelines International competition the following Fall.
Each year the Olympia Chorus hosts a guest night for people who want to check us out for the purpose of singing holiday songs with us and participating in holiday performances — NO STRINGS ATTACHED! No need to join, pay membership fees, purchase a costume, or attend past the 2017 holiday season. (We hope you will continue to come, of course!)
Please join us Monday, November 6, 2017 for our holiday open house/guest night to get a folder of our holiday music and step onto the risers with us for a couple months!
If you’re not able to make this rehearsal, please let us know and we will make accommodations for you. Every rehearsal is open to guests!
Jack was our beloved director of 46 years. He retired from directing in 2011 and passed away on January 22, 2016.
In 1965, Jack’s wife, Irene, co-founded and chartered the Olympia Sweet Adelines and asked Jack to be the director. During that same time, Jack directed the men’s barbershop chorus, the Puget Sounders and continued to direct them for 39 years. With Jack at the helm, the Olympia Chorus won many medals through the years. The highlight of his career as our director came in May of 1978, when the chorus won 1st place at Region 13 competition in Regina, Saskatchewan.
In 1968, Jack joined a men’s barbershop quartet called the Artesians, and in 1972 they won 1st place, becoming the Evergreen District Champions.
Even though Jack retired from directing in 2011, he remained close to our chorus and was always there to support us at any and all events. He will be sorely missed by all.
Jack Anderson’s memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13th, 11am, at Trinity Lutheran Church located at 2020 Franklin Street SE in Olympia. There will be a reception following the service.
Memorial Donations may be made to:
Sweet Adelines North by Northwest Region 13
c/o Danie Stiles
16408 NE 180th Place
Woodinville, WA 98072
Please note the donation is for the Scholarship Fund in Jack Anderson’s memory.