Nicolia Bagby Gooding Brenda Bailey Powell
Meliney E. Brooks
Mary Ford Tia Ford
Jennifer Grace Lynne Gurewitz
Alexa Shelley Jennifer G. Shelton
Sophie Speer Cathy Warren
Isa S. Chu
Madeline Cohen Liz Colt
Lindsay K. Elam
Danielle Furman Sophie Gardner
Cheryl Garner Kathy Guido-Respicio
Katherine Harry Sharon Hymes-Offord
Danielle White Debra Williams Loretta Winchester
Gene Ho Gracie Jones
Arthur Barker Jeff Benson Paul Daniels
Jeff Landau Jack Mahan Bernadette McDonald
Benjamin Schleifer Jared Wagner
Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir! To learn more about our non-audition community choir that rehearses generally once a month, and performs 4 to 5 times a year, please visit: http://www.oigc.org/community-choir
You will be asked to sing one song of your choice, gospel or secular. You may sing a cappella, or you may bring music and our pianist will accompany you. You will also be asked to sing scales and intervals, which will first be played for you on the piano. Your vocal range will also be measured.
OIGC is a volunteer choir with professional standards, but experience is not necessary. The Director is looking for a certain degree of skill, however, as well as voices that satisfy the musical needs of the choir.
Participants should also:
have the ability to stand for long periods of time (sets can run from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours without a break)
have the ability to quickly navigate stairs and stages that may not have accommodations for people with limited mobility
understand that performance schedule and call-times can be physically demanding (multiple performances back to back, early morning call-times, etc.)
No. Most of our music is taught by ear. Occasionally, sheet music will be utilized, but the ability to read music is not mandatory.
Because most of our music is taught by ear, an audio recording device is essential. Also, a notebook and pen or pencil is helpful to take notes during rehearsal.
Our mission is to inspire joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music traditions. We sing black gospel music, including spirituals; traditional, contemporary and original gospel music; gospelized Christmas tunes and classics.
The choir rehearses every Monday evening, 7pm to 10pm. The Choir is on break usually for a month in July or August, and for a few weeks December/January.
Membership dues are $25 a month for 11 months. Dues for members in introductory status is $12.50. After introductory status, members are responsible for paying for their uniform (approximately $400-$450) which includes, but not limited to, robes, formal uniform attire (suit/bowtie OR uniform dress and jacket), and uniform t-shirts. Members are also responsible for other personal attire such as black pants, shoes, socks, etc. Limited scholarships are available for members who may have financial difficulty.
YES! We have traveled throughout the United States to cities such as Charleston, New Orleans and Seattle. We have also performed in Canada, Australia, Europe, and Israel. Members usually pay their own way with a subsidy provided through the Choir’s fundraising efforts.
Successful completion of the audition is at the sole discretion of the Musical Director, taking the musical needs of the choir into account. Successful completion of an audition grants the applicant introductory membership in the choir which lasts for 3 months, or if needed, at the discretion of the Artistic Director. Introductory members are expected to attend all rehearsals and all public performances.