Frequently Asked Questions about the Hendrix College Choir

How big is the Hendrix Choir?
On average, the choir has about 45 members.  Some years it is bigger, some years it is smaller.  The range over time has been  about 35-52 members.

How often does the Choir rehearse?
The Choir rehearses three days a week: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:30-5:50.

How often does the Choir perform?
During the Fall Semester the standard events are Family Weekend (late September), the Candlelight Carol Services (4 during the week after Thanksgiving), and the Candlelight Tour (2 days immediately following exams).

During the Spring Semester the standard events are two performances with the Arkansas Symphony in April, a Spring Concert on campus, and Commencement.

There are occasionally other events as well at which the Choir performs.

Are there other extra rehearsals or commitments?
There are two retreats: an overnight retreat on Petit Jean Mountain in September and a one-day retreat on campus in January.

There are usually two evening rehearsals in Little Rock for the performances with the Arkansas Symphony.  In addition, dress rehearsals for the Candlelight services and the Spring Concert are usually on a regular rehearsal day, but run extra long.

What does the Choir wear for performances?
In the Fall, the Choir wears robes which are provided by the Music Department.  In the Spring, the women wear black dresses and the men wear tuxes. Choir members must purchase their own dresses and tuxes.

Do Choir members buy their own music?
No.  All the music is provided by the Music Department.

Do Choir members get academic credit for their participation?
Yes.  You will receive .25 credit for each semester you participate.  Music majors can count 4 full credits towards graduation and non-major participant can count 2.  You do not have to pay extra tuition for these credits.  The grades will be averaged into your G.P.A. Grades are determined on the basis of attendance. You may also earn Odyssey credit and meet the Expressive Arts learning domain through participation in the Choir.

How can I join the Hendrix Choir?
Auditions are held during the first week of classes both semesters. Watch for flyers posting
audition times or contact Dr. Nancy Fleming (450-1248 or fleming@hendrix.edu).
    
What does an audition consist of?
Some vocalizing, a little sight-reading, and singing My Country 'Tis of Thee.  For people who have no experience reading music, other exercises will be substituted. The whole process is kept low-key and informal.  You may even bring a friend to audition with you so that you do not have to sing completely by yourself!