Becoming a Georgetown Chime takes time. The intensity and length of the Chimes’ training is unique among comparable singing groups. Chimes must master vocal technique, develop stage presence, be able to perform a vast repertoire of music, and learn about the group’s traditions. Potential Chimes spend months or years as neophytes before being admitted as full-fledged Chimes.
A neophyte is an apprentice to the Chimes who tries out for the group and is accepted initially on the basis of his singing ability. He then spends time with the group, getting to know the Actives, meeting alumni, and learning the group’s many songs and its unique history. Each neophyte “process” is unique. The time it takes for a neophyte (or “neo”) to become a Chime varies from 8 months to 3 years.
Upon induction into the group, each Chime is given a number. Numbers run sequentially from Frank Jones (#1) to the current “Baby Chime,” Jack Thiemel (#257).
The next opportunities to audition will be in the fall of 2016. If you have any questions, e-mail our Business Manager, John Labossiere.