HOW WE OPERATE: This is a small group of dedicated peace & justice
activists. Over the
years, we have evolved from a mostly
informal, multi-generational sing-along type group into a
formal, adult mixed-voice community
choir. Members remain committed to the idea that
there are no auditions. This will
remain a safe place for people of many abilities to sing
together in harmony. Prospective
members who have marked difficulty hearing and matching pitch
should speak to the director to
determine what they will need to do to support their learning of music.
2. ATTENDANCE: This is not a
drop-in group. As one member put it, “No auditions” doesn’t
mean “no practice.” It does take work,
willingness and commitment! Therefore, we ask
• Know & respect the rehearsal
& performance schedule, as well as what materials will
• Attend rehearsals.
• Be on time. For rehearsals, arrive
15 minutes early and be ready to sing at the
designated start time.
• Be prepared for each rehearsal, by
listening to rehearsal tapes, following the music
& words, and adhering to changes
and adjustments given in prior rehearsals.
Rehearsal time is often for refining,
not learning anew.
• If you miss more than 1 rehearsal,
talk to the Director to determine whether or not
you can take responsibility for what
you missed. If you can’t fulfill this responsibility,
you may be asked to withdraw from part
or all of a performance.
• We know that everyone has
emergencies and family needs or scheduling conflicts. In
the event of an emergency or
unavoidable scheduling conflict, call or e-mail the
Director directly. Please also contact
your section leader, a section buddy or music
librarian to get what you missed.
3. ENROLLMENT: We do not enroll
members throughout the year. Our enrollment period is in
the month of September only, "except
by special permission of the director." We ask choir
members to commit for the entire
season (Sept through May) and to be present for all
4. RESPECTFUL ENVIRONMENT
• Please, no perfumes or strong scents
at rehearsals or performances.
• HANG UP & SING! No cell phones
• RESPECT your fellow singers; respect
the director: Stay focused during rehearsal
time; listen to & watch the
director. Do not talk during the rehearsal of a piece. If you
have a question that pertains to your
section or the group, raise your hand. Hold side
conversations & socializing in the
periods before and after rehearsals. Keep rehearsal
questions/comments to the music being
5. MEMBER DUES: The Chorale has
always had a commitment to stay open to anyone who
wishes to be a member, regardless of
their finances. To that end, everyone pays according to
their ability. . No one is turned
away, but we do ask members to try to pay what they can to
help keep SCPC afloat. Each year, we
develop general guidelines (based on a target amount
within a sliding scale range) to fit
our yearly budget. Our treasurer passes around a form and
asks each person to fill the amount
they are able to pledge/pay, so she knows how to project
the Chorale’s finances. We ask that
your pledge be considered a season-long commitment,
regardless of your rehearsal
attendance. You may pay by the year, quarter or month.
Members will also be asked to help
with seasonal fund raising throughout the year.
6. SHEET MUSIC: For extra copies of
music or for rehearsal & practice recordings, please see
our Music Librarian.
7. REHEARSAL SUPPLIES:
a. a black 1 “ spine 3-hole binder for
music; a pencil with an eraser
b. ability to read music is not
required. HOWEVER, IF YOU DO NOT READ MUSIC, OR
IF YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY MATCHING PITCH,
WE STRONGLY ADVISE BRINGING a
portable recorder to rehearsal to help
you learn music outside of rehearsal time.
We do make practice CDS for some
songs, as we are able. Recording rehearsals is
highly recommended for everyone in
order to facilitate the learning of the music.
c. water is also recommended—NO FOOD
OR OTHER DRINKS ALLOWED IN
d. Clear plastic sleeves w/ 3-hole
binder edge for all sheet music is required for
8. MEMBER-TO-MEMBER CONTACT:
Our corresponding secretary coordinates our e-mail
communication and notifications
regarding rehearsals & events. We also use a member
roster for last-minute changes of
schedule or venue, for helping each other out, and for
those without e-mail to contact each
other via phone. If you are a member who does not
use e-mail, find another member who is
willing to be your buddy for updates and info. Use
the roster to call or e-mail members
9. CONCERT DRESS: SCPC black
tee-shirts with either solid black pants or skirts, solid
black/dark footwear &
socks/hosiery. Please, no prints or patterns. Please see wardrobe
person for t-shirt orders.