We’re so happy you are interested in joining us!

We accept new members at the beginning of each season, in August and February. No scary auditions! Our singers come from a variety of ages, walks of life and musical skill levels. We are a 4-part treble chorus, meaning you should be able to sing Soprano (1 or 2) or Alto (1 or 2). You don’t have to know how to read music, but you should be able to match pitch. If you like what you hear, you’ll have a voice placement with our artistic director, then we’ll give you a couple of rehearsals to decide.

Our kickoff and rehearsals are held at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the Fellowship Hall, 4907 Garrett Rd, Durham.

Before the first rehearsal, be sure to:

  • Read “Why Join Common Woman Chorus” below.

  • Sign up through our new member form.

Not interested in singing? We are always looking for non-singing volunteers to help! Find out more.

Why join Common Woman Chorus?

Common Woman Chorus welcomes all those who share our love for singing and our mission to be a beacon for social justice, equality and love. Membership is open to all woman-identified, gender-nonconforming, and transgender individuals, with a goal of diversity in ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, interests, and beliefs.

What to Expect

Time Commitment

  •  Attend most Tuesday rehearsals (we allow for a few absences).

  •  At least one Saturday rehearsal which typically runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Time spent outside of rehearsal regularly to review your parts and memorize music. Most of our performances are sung memorized.

  • Some occasional extra rehearsals may be planned for sections

  • Dress rehearsal - usually the night before a performance

  • Concert Performances

  • The chorus also performs at community events on occasion, such as Pride events or festivals. These performances are communicated well in advance.


Dues are $100 per concert season (twice a year) which are applied towards rehearsal and administrative costs as well as production expenses. Scholarships for dues are available.