Frequently Asked Questions



Do I have to be able to read music?

It’s a big help if you can read music, but it isn’t essential.  We provide you with learning media and help from your section leader to learn the songs to reach the required standard. You must have at least average singing ability, be able to hold your own part and learn the barbershop style.  Previous singing experience and training is an added benefit.


How often do I have to attend?

Similar to joining a sporting team, it is expected that attendance becomes part of your weekly schedule.  Weekly rehearsals are Wednesday nights 7:15pm till 10:00pm.  There are also approximately 3 weekend rehearsals a year depending on the availability of expert visiting vocal or showmanship coaches.


What are the benefits of membership?

Membership provides lots of opportunities and experiences. Here are just a few:

  • Superb, unmatched vocal education and training, including visiting international coaches
  • Exciting opportunities to entertain within your community and compete with other talented barbershop singers
  • Fun social activities and performance opportunities
  • Programs designed to inspire you to reach new levels of success in a supportive community of friends
  • A free subscription to the The Pitch Pipe, the official magazine of Sweet Adelines International, plus other various newsletters and publications.


Are there any health benefits?

Many studies done over a number of years have focused on the health benefits of singing and the evidence is overwhelming – singing is good for you. It releases endorphins into your system and makes you feel energized and uplifted. Singing gives your lungs a pretty good workout and tones abdominal, intercostal muscles and the diaphragm while stimulating circulation. Body movement also promotes flexibility.


What is the competition aspect of Sweet Adelines International?

Members are entitled to participate in competitions at regional and international levels. Judges give detailed feedback on performances, which can be used as a learning tool to improve performance of the individual as well as the group. Competitions represent exciting opportunities to travel, perform and learn.


Why should I sing with The Melbourne Chorus?

Singing and friendships are the main reasons why our members join and stay. Our singing hobby allows you to get involved with performing and competitions and it excites and challenges your musical experience. Many members find their own personal development a thrill and their self-confidence grows as they learn singing skills they may have never known before.


Are there costs?

Sweet Adelines is fee based. The costs of joining Sweet Adelines International is favorable in comparison with other hobbies, such as sporting activities. 

Average dues for chorus membership are $65 per month, which covers weekly rehearsals, music & venue hire.  There is a one off joining fee of approximately $200.  Initially, make-up and costume costs, but these are paid over time and usually not within the first couple of months.  Other costs that may be incurred include travel and competition registration fees when we compete, which is no more than once a year.


Can I visit a rehearsal?

Yes.  Our rehearsal are open to visitors and it's a great way to see what we do. Give us a call or email to let us know you are coming.


I'm Interested! - Who do I contact for more information?

[email protected] 


What is the Process for Joining?

At your first rehearsal you will be voice tested.  This is a quick check done by one of our Music Team so we understand your vocal qualities and can give you a temporary placement on the risers next to a member that sings your voice part. 

On your second rehearsal, our Membership Team will arrange the printed music and learning tracks for the 2 audition songs.  We have useful tips and information that will assist you to learn the songs most efficiently.  Depending on what the Chorus is working on, we may or may not sing these songs during our regular rehearsals so practicing them in your own time is essential.

During the next few weeks, you will given opportunities to practise in a small group before and/or after general rehearsal time. Your section leader and Director will guide you as to when you're ready to audition.

Daunting? Yes it can be, but every member on our risers has gone through this process and survived.

It's a challenge well worth taking.

We look forward to you joining us on the risers.