Q1 What is TOC?
TOC stands for The Open Choir, which is a pilot vocal improvisation project, led by musician and composer Jenni Roditi. We are a sister choir to TIC, The Improvisers’ Choir, which made its performing debut in December 2015. You can see Jenni’s introduction to TOC, recorded in September 2015 on her YouTube channel here.
Q2 That sounds interesting, how do I join?
This is a non audition choir. You can join by attending one of our taster sessions and then by signing up.
Q3 I can’t read music. May I still join?
Yes, we will not be using sheet music.
Q4 I can’t attend all the rehearsals. Can I still join?
Please discuss any absences with Jenni so that’s she’s aware and can advise. Usually you must attend well over half the rehearsals to be in the concert.
Q5 I’m a soloist and have never sung with other people before. What will I need to do differently?
You will need to be open to working in a collaborative way with Jenni and the other choir members, and happy to take direction and guidance on when to take a solo and when to step back.
Q6 Will I have to sing solo?
Not unless you want to. Rehearsals, and performances, are led by Jenni using a variety of signals. If the piece you are working on calls for it, there may be opportunities to take a lead if you are ready to try.
Q7 Do I have to be an experienced singer?
Ideally you will have some experience of creating music in some form or other, as a singer or a musician. You’ll need to be able to hold a tune.
Q8 What kind of people will sing in the choir?
All kinds! We have a range of ages, backgrounds and experience. You’ll need to be open to trying new things, taking direction and working with the ensemble.
Q9 Will you teach me to sing?
It’s a group activity, so there will be limited scope for dedicated personal tutoring, but Jenni will offer technical help during rehearsals, and is happy to signpost singers to other opportunities to develop their voices.
There may be opportunity for small group coaching sessions before rehearsals and will include support from TIC singers as well. This would be like a tutorial and there will be a small extra cost.
Q10 Where will rehearsals be?
Autumn 2017 – The Loft, 55 Exchange House. 71 Crouch End Hill. N88DF. Contact Jenni for security codes.
Q11 How can I prepare for TOC?
It’s not necessary to prepare, but if you would like to, you can have a listen to our sister choir, TIC, over on our YouTube channel here. You may also want to prepare by attending a workshop led by Jenni in Vocal Tai Chi. This is a similar kind of work but with more emphasis on internal processes and individual vocal exploration.