Rehearsals

We rehearse every Wednesday evening during school terms. Members are welcome, in fact - encouraged, to take warm up sessions.  This ensures variety in the warm up and provides members with an opportunity to spread their song leading wings. During the rehearsal evening we pause for a short supper providing time to socialise, share and even sing Happy Birthday when the time arises.

We currently rehearse in Wadestown, Wellington.

 

Workshops

We aim to start each term with a Saturday workshop. 

These all day workshops provide an opportunity to consolidate and fine tune our repertoire.

We combine it with a shared lunch - an event that always turns out to be a feast.

 

Annual Retreat

Each year we head off for a weekend together.  We stay at the wonderful Waihōanga Centre in Otaki - surrounded by bush, river and plenty of birds.  We spend the weekend building our team, chilling together, and stretching our repertoire and singing skills.  Saturday night is always a let-your-hair-down session of informal singing and sharing.  Meals are catered for throughout the weekend, and we always leave feeling more connected and refreshed.  It's a special weekend that helps make WOSOSI the close ensemble that we are.

       

 

Interested in participating in these events? Check out our Join Us page for more details.

 

Communication, Resources and Tools

In 2016, we subscribed to the choir management website Choir Genius (aka Groupanizer) and have never looked back.  Choir Genius means we have an online one-stop-shop for all WOSOSI information, resources and planning.  It's is a fantastic asset and resource for our members and management team.

It means we have one place where we can (and do):

  • Post regular messages with news and rehearsal notes.
  • Load practice tracks and music lyrics/sheets.
  • Add events/rehearsals/workshops etc to a calendar; members, in turn, indicate their availability.  This is great for helping us plan.
  • Load song lists, directions, notes etc for performances.

We expect all members to regularly check-in to the site and keep up to date with happenings and news.  

 

Learning new songs

There are many ways to learn a song and every singer has their own learning style.  WOSOSI members are not expected to be able to read music.  In fact, many of the songs we sing are traditional and either do not have written music or are actually best learned by ear.  To help this process, we provide a comprehensive and ever-growing supply of audio tracks for practicing songs between rehearsals.  This is particularly good for getting familiar with new pieces and during the run up to a performance.    Where available, we also provide sheet music and pronunciation guides.

 

Interested in working the way we do? Check out our Join Us page for more details.