What kind of music do you sing?
We sing songs from many cultures, believing that we honor cultural traditions by doing so. During the Mystic's existence, we've sung songs from Eastern European, Israeli, South and West African, Latin American, African-American, Irish, and all eras of American, Gospel, and sacred spiritual traditions among many others. Our fall and spring concert seasons feature songs from many cultures around a specific theme, and our winter season is drawn from the wealth of the Gospel genre.
How do I sing with you?
Anyone who loves to sing is welcome to join the Mystic Chorale!
Do I need to audition to sing with the Chorale?
The Chorale is open to anyone who loves to sing! No auditions are necessary unless you decide to try out for a solo.
Do I need to read music?
We provide printed music for both the Fall and Spring Seasons—so sight reading is a plus. However, you do not need to read music to join the Chorale. We encourage you to use a tape recorder to record your part at rehearsals so that you can practice during the week. All music must be memorized before the concert.
What is the minimum age limit?
The minimum age to sing in the Mystic Chorale is 14 years of age, subject to the approval of the current season's director. Children are to be accompanied by an adult.
What part do I sing?
The Chorale sings in 4 sections: soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Come to the first rehearsal and try out a part. Are you straining to hit the higher notes? Then you probably want to try a lower part--so feel free to switch!
Where do you rehearse?
We rehearse at First Parish Church, 630 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington Center (Directions).
How do the seasons work?
There are 3 seasons, each culminating in 2 concerts/sing-alongs.
The fall season begins in September with 10 Tuesday rehearsals and 2 concerts on a Saturday and Sunday in mid-November. There is a mandatory dress rehearsal on the Thursday before the concert weekend.
The winter season is usually 8 Tuesday rehearsals beginning in January and 2 concerts on a Saturday and Sunday in late February. There is a mandatory dress rehearsal on the Thursday before the concert weekend.
The spring season begins in March with 10 Tuesday rehearsals and 2 concerts on a Saturday and Sunday in mid-May. There is a mandatory dress rehearsal on the Thursday before the concert weekend. Calendar
Is there a size limit for the Chorale or does everyone get in?
We can only take as many singers as our concert stages can accommodate. If you register after we’ve
reached our limit, you will be placed on a wait-list.
What is the refund policy if I decide not to continue singing?
You can obtain a refund through the second rehearsal, less a $20 administrative fee. Please contact Registration@mysticchorale.org to request a refund.
Is there financial aid available?
It is a part of the Mystic Chorale’s Mission that we ‘welcome all who love to sing’ regardless of ability to pay the registration fee. Mystic Chorale offers singers the opportunity to apply for a scholarship when registering to sing in a season. We ask that you pay at least 40% of the full tuition.
Our scholarship program is based on the honor system. The Chorale does not ask for proof of need. Most of the money to support scholarships is generously donated by fellow singers in the same season. Please respect the generosity of spirit that makes this scholarship program possible when applying.
Scholarship recipients are expected to contribute some volunteer time to the Chorale during the season in which they receive a scholarship.
All requests are kept confidential. Neither the artistic staff nor the general Mystic population will have knowledge of any scholarship application.
What happens if I miss a rehearsal?
We understand that you may have to miss a rehearsal from time to time; however, if you miss MORE THAN 2 REHEARSALS during a concert season you cannot sing in that season's concerts. There are usually 200+ of us singing and we have a lot of material to cover-if you miss more than 2 rehearsals it's impossible for you to catch up-and we want to give the best performances possible to our great audiences!
Are your venues handicap accessible?
Our rehearsal space and concert venues are handicap accessible.
Public transportation to rehearsals / concerts? MBTA Rehearsals: You can take the red line train to Alewife; then take the #67 "Turkey Hill, Arlington Center" or the #79
"Arlington Heights via Massachusetts Avenue" bus line; get off at Massachusetts Ave. and Mystic Street and walk west down Massachusetts Avenue to First Parish Church (Directions).
You can also take the red line to Harvard Square stop. Take the #77 "Arlington Heights via Massachusetts" bus to Mass. Ave. and Mystic Streets. Walk west on Massachusetts Avenue to 630 Massachusetts Avenue, First Parish Church.
Concerts: Please see the directions page for directions to our concert venues.
Is the Mystic Chorale a "for profit" organization?
No. The Chorale has been a non-profit organization since 1999.
What are your political/religious affiliations?
The Mystic Chorale is not affiliated with any political or religious ideology. The community is made up of people from many creeds, backgrounds and affiliations who come together to celebrate the joy of singing the songs of the many cultures of the world.