Frequently Asked Questions
Is this a church choir?
West Marin Choir is a non-denominational community chorus, not affiliated with any church or belief system. We sing a mix of secular and sacred songs. When we sing sacred songs we embrace spirituals and gospel songs from a variety of belief systems including including Christian, Pagan, Hindu, Jewish and others. More often we sing secular songs that we find heart-opening, inspiring, or just plain fun.
I have a terrible voice. Will you shame me and kick me out?
Everyone is truly welcome in West Marin Choir. We believe all voices are meant to be heard! The choir is a blend of experienced and inexperienced singers. Many people find that singing in a group helps them to carry the tune more easily. We also provide really good rehearsal recordings so that you can spend extra time practicing at home, which can go a long way toward bolstering your confidence. Your ear will improve with practice.
Will I be required to sing any solo parts? I can carry a tune but am not a soloist.
Most singers enjoy being part of the collective, in which they only sing the group choral parts. Those confident about soloing will find opportunities to sing verses and solo sections in songs.
Can I pay per class or attend on a drop-in basis?
The choir is a committed series, not a drop-in class. We build our repertoire from week to week, so it's important for singers to make a commitment.
Is it okay if I need to miss one or two of the classes?
Yes, it's fine if you need to miss one or two classes. We practice the same songs in the Point Reyes and Stinson/Bolinas chapters each week, so you can do a make-up session in the other town anytime. If you need to miss an entire week, you'll still be able to sue the website rehearsal area to stay up to speed.
Can I try it out before committing to the whole series?
You are welcome to attend the first class in a series as a guest. If you decide to sign up for the full series that day, you will get the early bird rate. We recommend all new members take some time to check out our videos and songs to see if it's a good fit.
I don't know how to read music, is that okay?
The choir typically doesn't use sheet music, so it's fine if you don't read music.
Can I attend the other town's choir chapter?
Yes! You can attend either chapter any time as a make-up, or even if you just want to double-up in one week.
What if I can't attend a performance?
For many, singing together each week is the best part of the choir. Others are just not interested in performing. All our performances are optional for choir members. If you're not interested in performing or you have a date conflict, it's not a problem.
Can I join after the series has begun?
Yes, this is usually fine if it's not more 2 or 3 weeks into the season. Please Contact Us if interested.