Join Us at the Common Woman Chorus


Join the Common Woman ChorusPerforming membership is open to anyone who enjoys choral singing, and can commit to the chorus' regular rehearsal schedule. Performing members rehearse weekly and learn the music to the satisfaction of the artistic director before performances.

Performing and nonperforming members participate in committee and board work that augments, supports, and enhances chorus activities.

We begin this Spring 2019 semester with our kick-off potluck on February 5th at 7:00 p.m. and rehearsals begin on February 12. Rehearsals are open to new singers for the first two weeks. We will be preparing for our June 22 performance.

Contact us at to learn more about rehearsals, concerts, special events, and volunteer opportunities. If you would like to join the chorus, please complete this New Singer Form.

Non-Audition Policy

Performing members' musical skills range from professional musician to untrained shower diva. Auditions are not required for most chorus activities. Our artistic director teaches the basic concepts of music and musical performance during rehearsals. She also confirms that performing members know their music to performance standard. New singers will work with the director in a low pressure voice placement session.


Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:45 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. at the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (4907 Garrett Road, Durham). See for directions. The chorus holds occasional extra rehearsals as needed to prepare for performances, with dress rehearsals usually occurring the evening before performances. The chorus observes summer breaks, convening for a limited number of rehearsals prior to any summer singing engagements

Join the Common Woman ChorusMembers are expected to arrive on time and maintain focus on learning the music during rehearsals. In order to prepare for the concert, singers should not miss more than 3 rehearsals.

Drinks are allowed in the rehearsal space but food is not. Members are responsible for ensuring that the rehearsal space is left in order.


The chorus performs two musical concerts annually. In addition, the chorus also accepts a limited number of other community and collaborative engagements (e.g., NC Pride Festival, Festival for the ENO (River), joint concerts with area choruses). Members are encouraged to recommend performance opportunities that further the chorus mission to the artistic director.

Leadership and Participation

The artistic director has final authority over all musical matters involving the chorus. A member-elected board of directors provides leadership for chorus long-range planning and operations. Member committees and non-singing volunteers help produce chorus events. Contact a board member via to learn more about leadership/volunteer opportunities with the chorus.

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Dues are $100 per semester which cover rehearsal and administrative costs. Scholarships for dues are available. Contact any board member for more information. Musical arrangements are loaned to performing members during the performance period, then returned to our music library. The chorus purchases and reproduces all such arrangements in accordance with federal copyright laws and/or formal agreements with the composers.

Performance Requirements

  • Mastery of music, including memorization as required
  • Black folder/binder for pieces performed with printed music
  • Established performance attire includes black slacks/skirt, black shoes, and either a long sleeved jewel-tone or black blouse for formal performances; chorus T-shirt with shorts or jeans for informal performances. See a board member for information about ordering CWC t-shirts.
  • No perfume during a performance or rehearsals



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