Take a look at the Barbershop 101 page on the Sweet Adelines International website. This will tell you a bit about our organization and why we do what we do. Come spend a couple weeks with us and get the feel (and ring) of perfectly formed barbershop chords. WARNING: You will get hooked!
To sing with us, we suggest the basics:
You need to be able to sing in tune.
You need to be able to hear those around you and blend your voice with theirs, as our organization emphasizes ensemble singing, not a solo-building group.
You need to be able to eventually hold your own—that is, you will need to be able to sing your own part when surrounded by those who don’t. In a barbershop ensemble, there are many times when you are singing while standing by someone who isn’t singing your part.
You will probably want to begin a normal warm-up routine at home before you practice. This will be good for your voice, and depending on what you choose to do for warm-ups, you can specifically work on many different skills at once (e.g., flexibility, range, breath control, dynamic [volume] control, etc.).
In order to keep your level consistent and/or improve, you will want to make sure you have a plan for practicing the songs at home, either with the help of learning tracks or not. It’s just like exercising the body—if you do it on a regular basis, you will reap the benefits, and if you don’t, you’ll definitely see the decline.
After you've decided that you'd like to audition, you will be asked to pay your first $100 International Dues up front then to be prepared to pay monthly chorus dues (presently $30). The chorus will then keep your International ones in escrow and pay the next year's for you.
The music team will listen to your audition and determine if you are ready to be part of the Fusil Nation. You don't have to be "perfect"- none of us are! We are an organization of constant learning and creating.
Travel with us! Because we are an International organization, our contests and educational workshops are held all over the world! Our expenses are NOT paid by the chorus, each member does have to pay for travel, food and housing expenses. Regional contests are usually within a few hours drive, International ones are all over the world.
Here is a link to some future Events including 2021 International in St. Louis, MO (where we will compete):