NYC’S HOTTEST CHOIR IS NOW ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS!
Cycle 29: running January-April, 2020!
Join New York City’s ORIGINAL Rock/Pop/Soul Choir!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How often are rehearsals? We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 PM at a rehearsal space in midtown Manhattan.
What’s a cycle? GRC runs in “cycles” (think terms or semesters)–each cycle features a new slate of music.
What kind of music do you perform? GRC’s repertoire consists of well-known Rock, Pop, Soul and Motown hits from the 60’s through today. Our past repertoire has included well-known songs made famous by artists such as Bon Jovi, Queen, Kings Of Leon, Tina Turner, Bob Marley, The Beatles, Jackie Wilson and many others, as well as current hits. For each concert, we’ll learn an eclectic range of songs from different eras and genres.
Is this some kind of “religious” choir? No. GRC is a secular choir with no affiliation with any religious organization or church of any kind.
Are you an acapella group? Nope. We’re a mixed (women and men) accompanied choir. But we occasionally work on acapella pieces, and there are opportunities throughout the Cycle to work on them with small groups.
Where does GRC perform? The choir has performed at a variety of venues in NYC and beyond. Previous gigs have included backing up the National Tour of Broadway’s “Rocktopia” with Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) and Constantine Maroulis (“American Idol”), singing with Universal Music recording artists The Tenors at NYC’s Town Hall and on NBC’s “Today Show” with Kathie Lee & Hoda, plus various performances at Madison Square Garden, Barclay Center, the New York City Veteran’s Day Parade, the Knitting Factory and the New York Stock Exchange Christmas Tree Lighting. We also shot a commercial for Budweiser.
Do I need to be an amazing singer? Nope. All you need to be a good choir member is a love of singing & energy and passion both for the music and the choir itself. We consider those things far more important than technical skills such as music-reading ability or past experience. Even if the only singing you’ve ever done in your life has been in your shower, we can still use your voice. Singing is like any other skill, really–the more you do it, the better at it you’ll get.
Do I have to read music? Nope! We provide audio files for some of our material that allows our non-music-reading members to learn everything by ear, just like you’ve probably learned most of the songs you know right now, and we encourage members to record our rehearsals. But we do work from sheet music, so if you DO happen to read music, you can learn the songs that much faster. While we encourage people to learn to read music (it’s a great skill for a singer to have!) the fact is that if you have a great or even just good singing voice and a decent ear for music, you’ll do fine.
What is the expected level of commitment?
–Coming to Rehearsal and Learning the Music. Each cycle, we learn 10-12 songs together and then perform them “off-book” (not holding sheet music). Therefore we ask that if you join GRC, you make a commitment to attend all or most of our Tuesday evening rehearsals, and work on the music in your spare time. We provide audio tracks for some of our material for folks who primarily learn music by ear, and encourage all of our members to record our rehearsals.
–Getting an Audience For Our Concerts. GRC members are also expected to help “fill the house” for our concerts. There’s nothing better than performing for a full house of enthusiastic audience members!
What can I hope to get out of being a member of GRC? First and foremost, membership in GRC will develop and strengthen your musical and performance abilities, giving you a new sense self-confidence. And don’t underestimate the social benefits of being part of a group like GRC: you’ll be part of a community of friendly, like-minded people all working towards a common goal.
Sounds great! How do I join? Send us a note by using the Contact page. Tell us a little about yourself–whether you’ve sung with a choir in the past, what vocal part you sing (if you happen to know it), whether you play any musical instruments, etc. Once we get your email, we’ll contact you and invite you to a rehearsal. Please note that we only admit new members three times a year–at the beginning of January, May and September–so it may be several months before you hear from us.