“Sing With Us!

The Eastern Shore Choral Society is a non-auditioned chorus that welcomes singers who:

  • Are age 16 and above Are able to sing in tune and hold pitch independently.
  • Are willing to commit to regular rehearsal attendance, with a maximum of two absences per semester.
  • Have a love for music.
  • In order to participate in the performance with more than two absences, please check with our Artistic Director.

Where is registration and rehearsal?
All rehearsals unless otherwise indicated are at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Trinity Hall. (545 South Mobile Street Fairhope, AL 36532)

What is involved with registration and how much are dues?
Registration forms for new members are available to fill out when you come August 15th. For returning members who have already filled out a registration form, your info will be available to update during registration.

Dues are $50 each semester, however, for high school and college students the fee is waived. Music is provided for each singer by ESCS. Music is to be returned to ESCS Music Librarian, Sharon Sims, immediately after the last concert of the semester.

Everyone will need to provide their own black binder to hold their music during the concerts.

What is expected of me if I join?
Each week we will begin rehearsals promptly at 7:00pm. Don’t come at 7:10pm. Vocal warm-ups are an important part to our rehearsals and should not be looked upon as an extra 10 minutes to get to rehearsal. We sing hard for 2 hours with a short break and your voice is a muscle that needs to be stretched and warmed up just like an athlete getting ready to run a race. We also use this time to listen to each other as a group for blend.

If you know you will be late or will miss a rehearsal please contact your section leader or me and let us know. We care about one another in this group and get worried about people. Even though we are a large group EVERYONE is important and you are missed when you are not here. It is important that you are at all rehearsals throughout the semester. Choral singing is not only about learning the music but about choral blend with each other. The sound is different when someone is missing. Remember that when you walk through the door into the rehearsal space we are all one. No matter what our level of musical training, how many degrees we’ve earned or what kind of ice cream we prefer, we are all singers. I ask that you bring your best every week and work hard.

Please bring your music, pencil and a ready to work positive attitude with you each week.

Sectional rehearsals will be scheduled during the first half of the semester from 6:10 – 6:50pm in the choir room at Trinity Presbyterian. These sectionals are not mandatory but are offered to help you learn notes.

Please remember no perfume, cologne or any strong scents at rehearsals or performances. Some people are highly allergic. Do wear deodorant!!

Are there any extra costs?
Mandatory Concert Attire is to be ordered through the Eastern Shore Choral Society.

High school students are not required to purchase concert attire; they are to wear basic black suit with bow-tie or long black dress.

Women: Black Pavilion Pant- $34.00; Beaded top- $74.00. Closed toe shoes with black or off-black stockings. No bracelets or necklaces, ONLY a diamond-type stud earring.

Men: Black tuxedo $103.00- includes coat, pants, shirt, cummerbund, bow-tie (red for Christmas and black for Spring).

Information about how and when to order concert attire for new choristers will be available soon.

We will have a fabulous season and I look forward to getting to know each of you. Take this opportunity to make new friends within the group. If you ever have a concern or question please contact me.

Mary Katherine Kilgore, Artistic Director
artisticdirector@escs.org