Who can sing in the PGMC?
If you are a gay or bisexual man (or even if you’re straight, and want to sing with gay or bisexual men!), and you’re over the age of 18, we could be the perfect group for you!
Membership is open to anyone who:
Rehearsals are held weekly on Monday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. We rehearse at the historic Beneficent Church located at 300 Weybosset St., Providence, RI. Our first two (2) rehearsals of each concert preparation period are “Open Rehearsals” at which all interested, curious potential member, singing or non-singing volunteer are encouraged to attend. See the Rehearsal page for dates and directions. These rehearsals are generally shorter and more relaxed than normal.
Once regular weekly rehearsals have started, it is expected that all members be prepared to sing when they arrive. The Director will start promptly at 7:00pm with a rigorous 10-15 minute vocal warm-up and then a focused concentration on the music. Rehearsals can be a lot of fun, but they are also a lot of work. Members are expected to keep non-music related conversations to a minimum. A short 10-15 minute break mid-rehearsal, where coffee, water and snacks are served, provides an opportunity to socialize.
Throughout each concert preparation period, the Artistic Director may schedule “Supplemental Rehearsals” to provide additional rehearsal opportunities outside of the usual Monday night rehearsals. These rehearsals are often scheduled ½ hour before or ½ hour after the regular rehearsal and may be for the entire group or limited to different sections. The Supplemental rehearsals are not mandatory, but are strongly encouraged, as they give members the opportunity to work on particular songs and/or voice parts that may be causing difficulty in the context of a smaller group, where more individualized attention can be provided.
The last rehearsals of the preparation period are the very important "Tech Rehearsals". These rehearsals are generally longer rehearsals (3 – 4 hours), and are mandatory for all singing members. This is where the finishing touches (the singers, musicians, choreography, volunteers, costume changes, lighting cues and the overall timing of the show) all come together to create PGMC fabulousness!!
The Concert Schedule
PGMC concerts are typically held on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:00pm and Sunday afternoons at 4:00pm. The Director will set a definite "Call Time" for each concert date, when members must be present and ready for a warm-up and a focused pre-concert rehearsal.
What about opportunities for singing a solo or singing in a smaller Ensemble group?
For each concert program, there are opportunities for members to showcase their talents by singing a solo or singing as part of an ensemble, such as a duet, trio, quartet or larger group. These opportunities are announced during the first several rehearsals of each concert preparation period, and the open auditions are typically held before and/or after several rehearsals. Although preparation of an auditioned piece is not necessary, it is recommended that you prepare to sing a specific selection if you would like to be considered for that specific part.
The individual auditions will be done in front of the Director and Assistant Director and any other members of the PGMC that happen to be in the room. The final decision as to who gets a solo or ensemble piece is solely at the discretion of the Director and Assistant Director. They take their responsibilities very seriously and all selections are based on how the individual or ensemble can best enhance the overall musicality of the concert program. There is no preferential treatment of individual members regarding solo or ensemble pieces.
The audition process is always conducted in a supportive, collaborative, no judgement atmosphere. Of course, people are sometimes intimidated to sing alone and nerves are always present, but if you are uncomfortable singing by yourself in front of other people, you may want to perhaps consider singing with in a small group. Remember, if you are selected for a solo or group number, you are expected to “own it and sell it” to the audience!
How much does it cost to join the PGMC?
Although the PGMC is primarily funded through sales from our concert tickets, program ads, and audience donations, we do require membership dues:
Annual Dues: $100.00 per CALENDAR year or $50.00 per concert period
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you should contact a member of the PGMC Board to discuss alternate arrangements. Please don’t let your inability to pay stop you from joining the group. The PGMC is always willing to work with you regarding your financial obligations to the group! All conversations will be held in the strictest confidence.
MEMBERSHIP IS NEVER BASED ON THE FINANCIAL SOLVENCY OF ANY PERSON.
How do I join?
Becoming a member of the PGMC is easier than you think!
You can e-mail the Director with any questions you may have or to let us know you're coming.
Or just show up!
We can't make joining the PGMC much easier.