Sing With Us
The Vocal Sounds of Oklahoma rehearses every Tuesday evening from 6:30pm until 9:00pm at Overholser Elementary School, located on the SE corner of NW 36th & Council road in Bethany, Oklahoma. Don't let inexperience deter you! We'll help you learn the barbershop singing style and technique. The fun and fellowship come naturally.
We encourage you to attend one of our rehearsals. We'll give you a non-threatening opportunity to sing with the chorus and with a quartet if you'd like. Once you experience the thrill of singing in the barbershop style, you'll be hooked. It's happened to all of us; don't be surprised when it happens to you!
You may call 848-SING (7464) to confirm that some unusual circumstance hasn't forced us to cancel or reschedule the rehearsal you're planning to attend.
What to expect when you visit -
At the first rehearsal you attend, you will be asked to fill out a guest information form. Then we will visit with you briefly and help you decide what voice part is suitable for you. You will be introduced to a chapter “buddy” that sings your part and he will assist you throughout the evening. We invite you to sing with the chorus as much as you desire. Many of our members enjoy singing tags (the last several measures of a song) together as a quartet. Please join them if you want to feel what it’s like to sing in a quartet.
During the second rehearsal, we again invite you to sing with us. If you would like to try quartet singing, there are always some guys willing to sing with you. The Membership Vice President will go over the membership dues and annual expenses that are required of all members. There are discounts for first-time members and students to 26 years of age. Any other questions that you have will be answered as well.
At the third rehearsal, you will be invited to audition for membership. The audition consists of melody singing, pitch memory, interval singing, and rhythm exercises. There is nothing you have to do to prepare for the audition. The audition helps our director and music team assess your vocal and music ability as well as experience. Following your successful audition, you may apply for membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society and the Oklahoma City Chapter. Your chapter “buddy” will help you get started with music, introduce you to the chapter website, and obtain costume items. Your section leader will help you learn the music and the barbershop singing craft.