How do I join the Moonlighters?
If you are a male between the ages of 3 and 103, you can sing barbershop. Why shouldn't you join? We like to ask people "Where do you do your singing?" We are all singers, some of us just have a little more practice than others. If you enjoy making music and having some "dude time," come see what we are about.
You do not have to read music to join- we can help you, and even teach you! We have a large library of learning media and most of our learning is with part-predominant learning tracks. You can learn your part and the words without even looking at the music! (Although we don't recommend it.)
When you visit, we will ask you what part you prefer to sing- Tenor, Lead, Baritone, or Bass. You can spend a few visits getting to know where your part lies and what it sounds like as you sing with your section. You may be asked to audition for the music team (we're not going to bite) so that we can place you in a better voice part. We will coach you in the barbershop style as well as get you singing a few "tags" (parts of the song "tagged" on at the end).
After a few visits we will likely encourage you to join us as a member of the chorus. There is no pressure- we just love singing with you!
What are my membership options?
At the Carolina Moonlighters Chorus, we like to encourage you to explore the chorus and the Barbershop Harmony Society to figure out if it is right for you. Your commitment level is up to you and dependent on whether you want to participate in contest and competition with the chorus.
We have a local level membership which makes you a member of our chapter and our district. The annual dues of $35 help offset administrative costs as well as music fees and performance fees. The ability to compete with the chorus is not included in this cost, nor is membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Full membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) allows you to be a full member of our chapter and district. The annual dues of $125 help cover administrative costs, music fees, performance fees, a subscription to the Harmonizer, BHS's monthly magazine, discounted cost in the Harmony Marketplace, the ability to join official quartets (they don't call it the "Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America" for nothing), and the ability to compete with our chorus on the district and international levels.
Which should I pick?
Your level of engagement is up to you. If you have never been to an international barbershop convention, you haven't heard some of the most amazing singing there is, but we know there are hardships and commitment levels for everyone.