Frequently Asked Questions
Here's a list of frequently asked questions about Jubilation!. If your question's not here, feel free to send us an email.
What does Jubilation! mean?
Jubilation! comes from the Bible verse, Psalm 98:4, “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music.” As a Christian a cappella group, we aim to glorify God and bring joy to others.
What kind of music do you sing?
We sing a variety of Christian a cappella music, ranging from traditional hymns, contemporary worship music, and gospel songs. Occasionally, we adapt the lyrics to secular songs, like Rockapella's Change in My Life, to convey a Christian message.
I only sing in the shower or in church. How much singing experience must I have to join Jubilation!?
We accept members with all sorts of singing backgrounds—in fact, many of our members never sung on stage before joining Jubilation! God looks at the heart, and all you need is a heart of worship. No formal musical training is required to join Jubilation!, either. We try our best to meet our members where they are, by providing audio clips that members can practice with alongside to sheet music and ample sectional/soloist practice time during rehearsals. That said, an ability to match and hold pitches, feel rhythm, and sing a solo would be very useful.
Yikes, this seems dauting. I don't know if I can do it. What's the commitment like?
Yes, you can! "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13) We rehearse twice a week, presently on Wednesdays from 9-11pm and Sundays from 7-10pm, although this is subject to change. Outside of rehearsals, members typically practice on their own for ½-1 hour per week, although this too varies depending on individual preference and proximity to a performance. Every two weeks, we have a new Jujubie, informal get-together sessions with 2-3 other Jubies.
Each semester, we have two concerts and 2-4 additional performances on campus or in churches. Recently, we've started a new initiative called Jam With Jube, 1.5-hour jam sessions where we invite others to lift up their voices (and instruments) with us to the Lord. When we get the chance, we love to collaborate with other faith-based singing groups, such as Pizmon (Columbia's Jewish a cappella group) and CU Gospel Choir. In the Spring semester, we deliver Jubygrams, song requests for Valentine's Day, around campus and online. We also spend the weekend in Boston with other Christian a cappella groups in a time of fellowship, information-sharing, and celebrating our common mission and identity in Christ.
In all, the commitment level is pretty standard for an a cappella group, and we are happy to work with you to make sure that you can thrive in Barnumbia's stressful environment. Most of all, we hope that the experience can be enriching and life-giving for you. For many alums, the Jubilation! community was that pillar of support that gave them the motivation to stay on in Barnumbia when they felt like quitting.
I've never auditioned for a singing group before. What is the audition process like?
We try to keep the audition process as friendly and low-stress as possible, even for those who have never auditioned for a singing group before. It involves a 1-page questionnaire about yourself, a simple vocal warm up to determine your voice part, a fun blending exercise where you sing a taught part in a quartet of current members, and singing a prepared ½-1 minute solo (it doesn't have to a Christian song, and you don't have to sing it from memory). Results of the auditions will be released once the a cappella audition season ends, and new members are invited to attend the very next Sunday rehearsal.
Don't worry if you're unsure about committing yet—we know that commitment can be scary. Over the next two weeks, we will share the group's vision and build community agreements with you, while you get a taste of the ins-and-outs of the group first-hand. If for some reason, Jubilation! just isn't for you at the present moment, you can drop out up till the rehearsal before Lock-In, the initiation-cum-bonding event that's usually two to three weeks into the semester. From Lock-In on, we hope and expect that new members will commit to Jubilation! for the rest of the semester, and we look forward to building a collective group culture where you feel supported and loved.
Can Master’s and exchange students join too?
Yes, definitely! Although most of the group is made up of undergraduates from Barnard, CC, and SEAS, Master's and exchange students are more than welcome to join. Especially for Master's students whose classes are in the evenings, if the rehearsal time doesn't match up with your schedule, we can certainly find a way to work around that.
Where and when can I see Jubilation! perform?
Thank you for your interest! You can check out our Events page or our Facebook page for upcoming performances, or our Music page for past performances. If you're interested to have us perform at your event, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we don't perform at private functions like weddings or birthdays.