The Maine Steiners look for new members at the start of every fall semester. You don't need to be studying music, be a music minor, or even have a ton of experience with music! We only require that you are enrolled in the University of Maine and that you're part of the larger choir ensemble, The University Singers. If you meet those criteria, make sure to sign up for a time slot once the audition sheet is posted!
Primarily, our group exists for entertainment. We all enjoy the art of singing, that's our biggest priority, but a big part of our message is to try to spread the love of singing and music around Maine and New England. We want to show that no matter who you are, where you come from, or what your knowledge level is, that you can, and should, continue to make, perform, and enjoy music.
The Maine Steiners are, first and foremost, a barbershop a cappella ensemble. This style of music focuses intensely on aspects like vocal blend, vowel shapes, and a singer's general presence while singing. In order to get those overtones ringing and to truly sound our best, we need to perform all of these musical aspects in total synchronization. Everyone in the group has to be on the same page consistently during rehearsals and performances.
If you've never sung in four-part harmony before, it can be a little daunting at first and we totally understand that! We don't expect you to be perfect on your first try, and we're more than willing to work with you. After all, this is all about having fun! If you are relaxed and having fun singing with us, then you're more than halfway to becoming a Steiner.
Due to the nature of the group, we typically have anywhere between eight and fifteen members. Because of this, we never really have a concrete idea of how many people we will take in any audition. However, this also means that no matter your voice part or timbre, we most likely will have a place for you.
Info about preparing for auditions will be on the sign-up form posted in the front lobby of Class of 1944 Hall at the beginning of every school year.
If you're interested in auditioning and still have questions, feel free to contact us in person or through our site for more information.