We are so happy you've shown interest in visiting us at the Choo Choo Chorus.
We rehearse every Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. A typical evening begins a few minutes earlier as people arrive to fellowship. At 7:00 the pitch pipe is blown and men assemble on the risers to begin warmpups, which helps prepare the voice for the night's rehearsal. We sing until our break, usually at 8:00, have about 10 minutes to relax, maybe have a quartet sing, and discuss any business of the chorus and chapter. By 9, we recognize the man-of-the-week by presenting the "Gandy", a golden rail road spike, and end the evening by singing our Society's closing song, "Keep The Whole World Singing."
We rehearse every Thursday evening at Ponders Funeral Home, enter from the back parking lot, 4203 Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga TN 37411. Guests are welcome at every rehearsal. As a first-time guest, we will ask you a few questions about your singing background and help you select the proper barbershop part (tenor, lead, baritone, or bass) for your range. Then we will give you some music and start singing right away! There is no audition to sing with us as a guest. We will ask an experienced member of your section to sing next to you so he can answer any questions you may have as the evening progresses. Don’t worry if you can’t read sheet music. We provide learning CDs for most of our songs and you can learn to read barbershop sheet music as your love for the hobby grows. All you need is the ability to match a pitch being played on a piano. We can teach you the rest. Also, don’t worry about your age. We have members from under 18 to over 80 ringing beautiful chords together, smiling and laughing all the while. We are a performing and competing chorus with over a dozen performances every year, so we are constantly reviewing our repertoire and learning new songs for upcoming performances and competitions.
If you have been a visitor for three weeks and you think this is the kind of organization that you would enjoy being a part of, see the Membership Involvement VP to begin the process. He can guide you down the path to membership. It is not a difficult path and most of the steps are designed to ensure that you will get the most out of your time with us.
Over time, you may decide to join a quartet or form your own. You may wish to sit on the board and make sure the organization is still thriving for generations to come. There are many jobs to be done in the chapter, each of them important, and you can contribute in however many ways you wish. From the President of the chapter to building sets; from organizing music to taking out the trash; there is a place for people of all talents to contribute.
If you have any questions about anything regarding the chorus, please email
and someone will get back to you within a day or two.