Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's )
Q: When do you practice?
A: We practice on Monday afternoons from 2:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Sun City West. We begin practices for our December concerts the first Monday after Labor Day. We resume practices in early January and work on our Spring concerts which are performed in early April.
Q: I am a snowbird and don’t arrive until early October. Can I still sing in the December concerts?
A: Singers can miss 3 rehearsals for either the December or Spring concerts. If you miss more rehearsals you will have to prove to the Director that you are prepared for the concerts. Some of our singers do not arrive at their winter homes until December or January. They sing only for the Spring concerts.
Q: What type of music do you sing?
A: We sing a wide range of music from classical choral pieces to contemporary selections. We feel it is important for both our singers and our audiences to be exposed to a wide variety of choral music. Our Artistic Director, Ken Goodenberger, has extensive experience as a vocalist and director. Some selections chosen for our performances are somewhat challenging, others are simpler but equally beautiful.
Q: Tell me more about your singers. Are they all retired? Have they done much singing in choral groups before joining the Chorale?
A: We currently have about 70 singers. Most are retired or partially retired. Many have a long history of vocal performance. Several had (and still have) professional careers as music teachers, choir directors, and performers. Others have had little chorale experience prior to joining the West Valley Chorale. Regardless of their background, all members share a love of choral music and performing for public audiences.
Q: Is an audition required?
A: Yes. All prospective members are auditioned by Ken Goodenberger, Artistic Director. It is a very short, low-key audition. If you are interested in auditioning, please send us a note through our website
Q: I am used to singing in choruses that perform more often than twice a year. Has the Chorale considered expanding its performance schedule?
A: For our 2018-19 season we will have an additional performance on Sunday, December 16 when we will join the West Valley Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Messiah. We also have a smaller ensemble, the West Valley Singers, that performs shorter performances at special events in the area. This group practices about twice a month on Mondays before our regular rehearsals.
Q: Sounds interesting. How can I audition for the Chorale?
A: Click here to submit your interest in auditioning for the Chorale. Ken Goodenberger or one of our officers will follow up with you.