The Arbor Consort now has two seasons per year. During the first part of the year (January – September) we rehearse and perform Renaissance a capella music, and perform at venues like the Michigan Renaissance Festival. As a singer you are obliged to attend rehearsals, perform, purchase music as needed (which we have available), and make a Renaissance costume (for which have assistance).
Our second season is a season of holiday, Christmas, and Hanukkah music, performed a capella. We perform in downtown Ann Arbor for the Main Street Merchants Association and the State Street Merchants Association, and finish the season on the Sunday before Christmas by singing for patients, families, and staff at the University of Michigan Hospitals. As a singer you are obliged to attend rehearsals, perform, purchase music as needed (which we have available for sale), and make a Victorian costume (for which have assistance).
Each season is a separate event, and singing in any one season does not obligate you to sing for any other season, but we hope you will enjoy our company and the music we make enough to come back and sing with us regularly. In our Renaissance and Holiday seasons, particularly, there are many opportunities to perform. We are a group that is ideal for someone who loves to get up in front of people and make music for them.
Comments from singers
Here are some comments from singers, pulled from our end-of-season evaluation:
“It was a remarkable, satisfying season! I’m still wowed by it.”
“Wild horses couldn’t keep me away.”
“Enjoy the challenge and the being in the middle of the luscious sounds we make—why don’t we float away?”
“I love the music we choose and the fact that it challenges me.”
“Thank you all again for making me feel so welcome to the group. It has been a wonderful experience.”
How to join
If this sounds like something you would like to do, all you need to do is come to the first rehearsal for a season. At this rehearsal, we will answer any questions, give you more information, and schedule a brief audition. You do not need to prepare an audition piece. This is mostly to give us an opportunity to hear your voice and assess your skills for placement.
We do audition and accept new members throughout the year. We will be meeting at Calvary United Methodist Church, 1415 Miller Avenue, Ann Arbor.