Santa Cruz Peace Chorale Member Handbook-2014-2015



Welcome to the Santa Cruz Peace Chorale!


Our Mission:

We sing to support & promote both local and worldwide struggles for peace & social justice.

We sing to celebrate what one choir director once described as «The Full Cup of Life:» birth, death, joy, sorrow, struggle, triumph, work, play, love, and community!

Our goal is to enlighten as well as to entertain. We sing at community events, soup kitchens, street demonstrations, concerts, and more.




1.    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 everyone to:
    • Know & respect the rehearsal & performance schedule, as well as what materials will be needed.
    • 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.  Practice with audio materials or section mates during the week. 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.  We ask choir members to commit for the entire season (Sept through May) and to be present for all scheduled performances.
        



4. RESPECTFUL ENVIRONMENT GUIDELINES:

           • Please, no perfumes or strong scents at rehearsals or performances.
• HANG UP & SING!  No cell phones in rehearsal.
• 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 learned.


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. No one is turned away, but we do ask members to pledge 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. The current general goal is ~$40. per month per member, just to give you an idea of what we need to meet a bare-bones budget. With that in mind, everyone pays according to their ability; some pay more, some pay less.    

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. Bringing a portable  recorder will help you learn music outside of rehearsal time. We do make practice CDS for some songs, when we are able.  Recording rehearsal 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 SANCTUARY.   
d.    Clear plastic sleeves w/ 3-hole binder edge for all sheet music is required for performance.

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 directly.

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.






PEACE CHORALE CONTACTS/COORDINATION-2014-2015 TBC



MUSICAL DIRECTOR:  Aileen Vance  477-0961  avandlt@cruzio.com
MUSIC LIBRARIAN:  Helen Lancaster  htlancaster@aol.com
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY:  NORAH MILLER  nkmill52@cruzio.com
TREASURER/MEMBER DUES:  MARY GRAYDON-FONTANA  edfontan@sbcglobal.net
CONCERT WARDROBE MANAGER:  _______________?
ACCOMPANIST/SITE LIASON FOR MOUNT CALVARY:   Abigail Meloche mtcal@cruzio.com

WE PROBABLY NEED A WEBSITE COORDINATOR AND A NEW MEDIA/PSA PERSON this season!

SECTION LEADERS:
To be confirmed in September




REHEARSAL DYNAMICS AND DISCUSSION MONITOR: EVERYONE!