Santa Cruz Peace Chorale Member Handbook-2012-2013



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 are open to anyone who wants to sing with us and do not hold auditions. 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.
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
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. 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
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-2013/2014:


MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Aileen Vance 477-0961 avandlt@cruzio.com
MUSIC LIBRARIAN: Kelly Ernst strengthwellness@gmail.com
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: NORAH MILLER nkmill52@cruzio.com
TREASURER/MEMBER DUES: MARY GRAYDON-FONTANA edfontan@sbcglobal.net
CONCERT WARDROBE MANAGER: Ruthanna Barnet ruthanna@cruzio.com
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!