FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are you looking for new choir members?
The requirements of the choir change from time to time.
However gentlemen are always in demand! If you are interested please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to one of our Open Evenings .
Do you have to work for Dublin Airport?
You will be glad to hear that no, you don’t need to work for Dublin Airport. The name comes from our original Musical Director, Tony Madden who worked at Dublin Airport when he founded the choir over 20 years ago. However now we have choir members from all walks of life and from all areas of Dublin.
Do I need to be able to read music?
No, it’s not essential although having even a basic grasp can be useful. Our Musical Director incorporates the rudiments of sight reading into our rehearsal as having a musically literate choir means we can practice more efficiently. So choir members are encouraged to learn.
Are you looking for Pavarotti/Kiri Te Kanawa?
We are looking for committed people who have a decent enough voice, a good ear and who can ‘hold a tune’. One of the benefits of singing with DAS is that you will be given excellent vocal training and most of our members would agree that their voices have strengthened and improved under this tutelage. Before joining the choir, you will be given a short informal audition with our Musical Director, Paul Deegan.
Who is responsible for the Repertoire?
Paul Deegan is responsible for selecting the repertoire. Being such a well-established choir we have a substantial back catalogue that we dip into and refresh from time to time but in the main, Paul selects new pieces to work on.
Do you do many concerts?
We aim to perform in at least two or three concerts every season. We have a long-established and successful concert of Seasonal Music which we hold in All Hallows every Christmas. In the past we have sung at Farmleigh, Malahide Castle, the Helix and Phizzfest.
In the past we have entered various competitions at Choral Festivals including New Ross, Navan and Cork. We have also been represented in various Festivals abroad. We travelled to Krakow, Poland, Yorkshire and have been to Italy and Austria in the past few years.
Is it very serious? What are the other members like?
The DAS work hard and are committed to delivering the best possible performance we can.
However it is also a fun, friendly choir and we try to get together at least twice a year for a party and a sing-song. The friendships that have developed and the laughs we share are just as important as the work. And we welcome newcomers – after all they are the lifeblood of our choir and ensure its ongoing viability and success.
What sort of commitment would I need to give?
Choir members are required to attend all scheduled rehearsals which take place every Tuesday. In addition coming up to a competition or concert we may need to schedule extra rehearsals and it’s vital that members take some time to practice at home during the week, if only for a short while.
Where do you practice?
We meet every Tuesday evening (7.30pm for the men, 8pm for the women) in St Vincent’s School Hall, Griffith Avenue, Marino, Dublin 3. Rehearsals finish at 10pm.
How are you organised?
Every year an AGM is held and committee members are voted in to work with Paul and Celine on the programme for the coming year.