We have a SATB group of between 45-50 singers — probably 75% are older, but thankfully we’re starting to get a few younger people. We’re in South Orange County, California. We are NOT a show choir! Our style of music is primarily light tending toward jazz arrangements, with a heavy piece or two thrown in (mostly during the holidays.) Like most groups, we currently wear all black/2-piece (ladies wear rhinestone jewelry and men wear silver ties with their “Johnny Cash” outfits. We’d like to get something a little less formal for our spring shows, but it’s not easy. Most of the styles shown by Southeastern Apparel and Stage Accents come only in black; Rivar’s has more flexibility but leadtime is super-long for custom stuff and they tend to be too expensive. Can someone point me to a performance attire company that has good quality and a wide selection of outfits? I imagine that others have the same problem we have — many of us would prefer not to show our upper arms to the world, so we need 3/4 sleeves for the ladies.
There have been suggestions of just letting all the ladies where “shades of blue” or “white tops of their choice” or “different color scarves” and I shudder to think of what that will look like. I believe it will diminish our professional look significantly. I’d like to see us do a solid color top with matching palazzo pants. Ideas anyone??
Would appreciate input from anyone who’s been through this somewhat touchy ordeal.