Bathurst Panorama Chorus is a wonderful group of women who share a love of singing and a commitment to strive together in the pursuit of musical excellence. We sing 4-part a cappella harmony and sing without sheet music and sometimes include choreographed movement. It is a wonderful way to meet friends and share a common passion: singing!
What is the barbershop style?
Barbershop has a very distinctive sound, which can be produced by applying very specific vocal techniques. We work together as a "unit" to make our voices match one another. Sweet Adelines strongly emphasises education, which encourages correct posture, breathing and vocal production. The sound is based on 4-part harmony, which is divided into the following sections:
- Tenor- sing a harmony part, that is the highest, similar to a descant part. They sing the high harmony part.
- Lead- mostly sing the melody, and occasionally sing harmony. They sing the mid-range melody part.
- Baritone- sing a harmony part similar to an alto in a traditional choir. They sing the harmony above and below the leads.
- Bass- sing the lowest part in the chord. They sing below the baritones.
Do I need to be able to read music?
Previous singing training or the ability to read music, whilst beneficial is not essential. Our rehearsals are educational and focus on providing vocal, musical and performance training. The essential requirements is that you can sing in tune and hold your part.
How much does it cost to be a member?
Members pay $45 per month - this money goes to paying for instruction with international coaches, venue hire, partial costume subsidy, equipment (like the risers we stand on), music, director's fees, and membership in the international Sweet Adelines organisation.
How often will I need to attend rehearsals?
We meet every Monday evening at 7:15pm for a 7:30 start, through till 10:00pm at the Church of Christ Hall, Wark Parade, Windradyne. Members are expected to attend rehearsals weekly, and put in additional practice at home. Additional section practices can occur outside rehearsal hours which members are also expected to attend,
How do I join?
Visitors and prospective members are very welcome to come along and experience the fun and dedication that we experience by singing barbershop together.
Please contact us to enquire about joining.