RWC is a treble voice ensemble that exists to create a safe and welcoming space for community, inclusion, and unification within the LGBTQ+ and Allies singing community. We invite all people, regardless of gender identity or expression, to come sing with us. Our music is generally in the soprano/alto vocal range; however, we occasionally sing soprano/alto/baritone music because we have some wonderfully low altos who sing with us! The group is non-auditioned and is open to all levels regardless of where you are on your singing journey. We provide resources including rehearsal MP3s/CDs, sectional rehearsals, and even one-on-one time with our director before rehearsals if you would like.
We rehearse Tuesday nights from 7:00-9:00 at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in the Northside of Richmond between the months of September and May. You are more than welcome to come sit in on a rehearsal to see if we are the right chorus for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where and when does RWC rehearse?
RWC rehearses Tuesday nights from 7:00-9:00 between September and May at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in the Northside of Richmond.
Do I have to audition?
No, we are a non-auditioned chorus. The director will do a voice placement that involves singing a few warm ups and scales to figure out your general range and vocal color and determine your section of the chorus. You do not have to sing alone in the voice placement if that is uncomfortable for you.
I am a Trans man/non-binary/gender fluid person who has a high singing voice and loves singing treble music; am I welcome to join?
Yes, you are very welcome to join! While RWC does stand for Richmond Women’s Chorus, it is a bit of a misnomer because our membership is not exclusive to female-identifying people. We welcome individuals regardless of their gender identity or expression.
I am a Trans woman/non-binary/gender fluid person who has a low singing voice and wants to sing with RWC; am I welcome to join?
Yes, you are very welcome! The alto range for much of our music goes from as low as D3 (the middle line on the bass clef) up to D5 (the 4th line on the treble clef) so, even if you have trouble hitting some of the upper notes, we love having the support and extra power on the lower notes. If you are looking to shift your singing voice to a higher range, we can talk about this individually.
Is there a cost to join?
There are membership dues that cover sheet music, royalties, director, accompanist, venues and other costs of the organization. The dues are as follows:
Full Year: $125
Full Year with Early Bird Discount (if paid prior to September deadline): $100
Full Year with Student Discount: $65
Fall Semester Only: $65
Spring Semester Only: $65
If a member is experiencing financial difficulties, we have payment schedules, partial waivers, and scholarships available. The most important thing is that you can join us. We do not want this group to be cost prohibitive or financially burdensome to prospective or current members. Members who recruit a new singer to the chorus receive a $25 discount toward their dues.
Do I have to know how to read music?
We welcome everyone regardless of whether you have been singing for your entire life or if you are just now getting started. If you sing with us, your singing and music reading skills will become stronger no matter your current level. Each season, we provide rehearsal CDs/MP3s that have all of the music by voice part to help you learn your notes. The director will also send out recordings of the music in a YouTube playlist so you can hear the music sung by a live chorus. Additionally, each of the sections has voluntary sectional rehearsals during the week that are especially helpful for those who do not read music.
What kind of music do you perform?
We perform a wide variety of music ranging everywhere from traditional choral to contemporary. We are primarily a treble voice chorus, but occasionally when we have enough altos with low ranges, we venture into the high SAB/SATB range.
What does the chorus wear for concerts?
For our Holiday concert and Spring concert we wear concert black. This is defined as black pants/skirt, a black top (avoiding sleeveless tops), with black shoes and socks/stockings. For all other concerts, the dress is usually casual. All singers may wear whatever style of clothing that fits their gender identity and expression.
What goes on in rehearsal?
Although sometimes there are announcements and other business discussions during rehearsal, most of our time together is spent actually learning the music and singing. Our director has a particular passion for vocal production, so you will also learn a lot about your voice and how it works.
What if I miss rehearsal?
Attending nearly all rehearsals is important for learning your part and for our cohesiveness as a group, but we know that people have competing stressors in their schedules. If you must miss, please email the director and section leader to let us know. Often, you can catch up just by coming the next week. If you miss quite frequently however, you might find that you feel underprepared for the performance.
How big is the chorus?
Our size varies from season to season. Currently our membership is between 35-40 and growing!