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.
CHORALE CONTACTS/COORDINATION-2014-2015 TBC
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
• 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
• 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
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:
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
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.
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Aileen Vance 477-0961
MUSIC LIBRARIAN: Helen Lancaster firstname.lastname@example.org
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: NORAH MILLER email@example.com
TREASURER/MEMBER DUES: MARY GRAYDON-FONTANA
CONCERT WARDROBE MANAGER: _______________?
ACCOMPANIST/SITE LIASON FOR MOUNT CALVARY: Abigail Meloche
WE PROBABLY NEED A WEBSITE COORDINATOR AND A NEW MEDIA/PSA PERSON this
To be confirmed in September
REHEARSAL DYNAMICS AND DISCUSSION MONITOR: EVERYONE!