Looking to get involved with a singing group in the Bay Area (SF, East Bay or North Bay). I took weekly singing lessons as a teenager and haven't had any instruction since then, so I'm probably not too awesome at this point (and I can't really sight read), but I am really eager to get back in to it.
I don't mind paying a small monthly or yearly fee to be part of the group. I googled for singing groups, but I'm not sure how comprehensive the results are, as some groups may not have much of a web presence.
I am pretty open in terms of styles of music, but would like to stay away from church-y/inspirational/easy-listening kind of stuff, which unfortunately seems to be what this
group near me sings. Otherwise I'm ok with musical theatre, pop, bluegrass, classical, etc. Oh, and I'm a woman (I know there are gender-specific groups).
I'd prefer a group that requires a real commitment and holds performances, not a get-together-and-sing-for-fun kind of thing. I saw this question
, but it's a bit old at this point, and the poster was looking for something a bit different.
I considered singing lessons, but (a) money is tight and I am already taking violin lessons, and (b) I'd definitely like to sing in a group. I also looked at the local community colleges, but their chorus classes meet in the mornings on weekdays, and I have a job.
Do you have any suggestions of specific groups I should check out? Or other resources I should look at? And any ideas how I can gauge the rigor of a group's auditions? I know many groups require auditions, and I don't know if the fact that they require an audition means that they are looking for very high caliber singers, or if they're just making sure you can carry a tune and sound halfway decent.