I remember feeling apprehensive when I went to my first Waikato Rivertones (WRT) chorus rehearsal last year. I'd recently moved back to Hamilton and decided to finally get round to singing again. I did some googling on Hamilton choirs and saw that WRT were having an open night. After a quick stalk of their website, I decided to take the plunge and head along. Turned out it wasn't that scary as there were a bunch of other apprehensive newbies like me, and we were warmly welcomed by various chorus members who came up to say hi and put us at ease. For those of you thinking of joining, you'll be taken under the wing of our wonderful WRT Membership Coordinator Robyn Baron.
Robyn's day job is as a Technical advisor for the Ministry of Justice. For WRT she is the smiling go-to person for people interested in joining the chorus. I did a bit of grilling on your behalf...
Robyn, what do you enjoy about the choir, and how long have you been a member?
I’ve been a member for almost 2 years. I love everything about the chorus: the music and harmonies are addictive, there is lots of education and vocal development, but most of all it’s the friendships, and being part of a wonderful, diverse group of women, who support and encourage each other and have heaps of fun.
What's your favourite memory/experience in the choir?
Hard to pick one – but probably the NZ Regional convention in Dunedin last year, where we won the competition, and became NZ champions. We had so much fun over the few days.
If people want to join the Waikato Rivertones chorus, what's the process?
Start off by coming along to any of our Monday night rehearsals or to an open night, to get a taste of what we are all about. Then if you are keen to join, you will be guided through the process.
I hope this has answered some questions for you! If you are ready to take the plunge like I did, our next Waikato Rivertones open night is coming up soon (see our Events page). Or if you're still not sure, look out for the next blog where I'll be checking in with some of our brand new members on their first impressions.