Chancel Choir Membership Information

What is the time commitment?
The choir sings in the 9:00 am Sunday worship service from September through June. On Sunday mornings, warm-ups begin at 8:10 am in the Sanctuary. Mid-week rehearsals are on Thursday nights, 7:30-9:30 pm; in the weeks leading up to concerts, concert singers join us and we begin at 7:00 pm. There is no mid-week rehearsal during the summer; in July, all are invited to participate in Summer Choir, where we meet on Sunday at 8:00 am to rehearse and lead worship in the service that follows.

What is the attendance policy?
With an understanding of how busy life can be, choir members are simply expected to participate as fully as they can. Hopefully, that will mean regular attendance at rehearsals and Sunday services. When attendance is not possible, choir members are encouraged to communicate absences in advance. Conflicts due to work or family are a normal part of life.

What are the requirements to join?
Singers should be able to sing in tune and hold a part. Basic music reading skills are also required. There's an informal audition to confirm part placement; to join, contact Li-Wen to visit a rehearsal or schedule an audition.

What are the benefits of participating in the choir?

  • Being a part of a diverse and friendly community of musicians.
  • Singing is recreational—singers often leave rehearsal with a song in their heart and a spring in their step.
  • Serve the church using your musical gifts.
  • Improve your singing and musicianship.
  • Perform beautiful music to God's glory every Sunday.
  • Participate in major works concerts with orchestra.
  • Feel more connected within the church.

For more information, please contact Li-Wen Monk, Director for Choirs, at (510) 848-6252 ext. 283 or liwenm@fpcberkeley.org.