Central Coast Chorale
Singer Guidelines and Information
Welcome to Central Coast Chorale! These guidelines will help you become familiar with our group, integrate into it quickly, and contribute to its success! We expect your participation to reflect a sincere desire to participate in the creation of great music by consistent attendance at rehearsals and concerts and by helping to promote the chorale however you can.
All joining members will be asked to audition, which will include determination of pitch range, ability to match pitch and rhythms, sight read, hold your part against a different part. Ability to read music is not required but, of course, is a very useful skill. Re-auditions may be requested of any members at the discretion of the director.
Outside of rehearsals, the chorale depends on email for communication about rehearsal notes, which music to prepare, any schedule changes, and other pertinent information. Be sure your email address is correct and readable on your registration form and that you notify the treasurer of any change.
All our rehearsal and concert venues are tobacco/drug/alcohol free. Also, in deference to those with sensitivities, please do not wear perfumes, colognes, aftershaves, or other scented products.
ATTENDANCE – At the start of each season, a rehearsal and performance schedule will be provided. As soon as you know you will be unable to attend one or more of these, it is important that you notify your section leader. Also, please sign in on the provided sign-in sheet at each rehearsal attended. If you miss more than two rehearsals during the season, you may be asked to show that you know your music before being allowed to perform in the concert. Attendance at any “tech” rehearsal is mandatory. The director must approve any exceptions.
MUSIC – We loan music to each member for the season but require that it be returned at season’s end in good condition. You are encouraged to mark the music with pencil ONLY to indicate phrasing, dynamics, pronunciation, cutoffs, etc., as dictated at rehearsal. If you wish to use highlighters or pens, you may make your own copy on which to do so, but, per copyright law, it must be destroyed after the last performance of the season. Music is turned in at our last performance, and singers are asked to erase their pencil markings beforehand. If you miss a rehearsal, consult your section leader for any changes that may have been made by the director.
REHEARSALS – We expect you to come on time, listen and be attentive. Unnecessary talking is extremely disruptive to other members and interferes with their ability to hear the director. Therefore you are asked to reserve visiting to before and after practice and during breaks.
CONCERTS – Concerts are why we practice! For optimum performance, please note the following:
· Call time is generally two hours prior to performance unless otherwise directed to allow for setting the stage, warm-ups, and review of any difficult areas of the music. A secure area for purses/cellphones will be provided at each venue. If required, each section will be assigned an area to clean following the concert, and participation is required to make the job go quickly.
· Watch the director at all times, especially for cues and cutoffs.
· Do not follow any soloist in the score. Instead, paperclip your next entrance so you can turn there and wait for your cue. Also, lift pages with your whole hand in order to turn them as quietly as possible!
· Be sure cellphones are off stage and silenced or turned off.
· Concert dress will be determined ahead of time. Please comply so that the appearance as well as the sound of the chorale will be as pleasing as possible.
· No matter the venue, members are asked to park as far away from the entrance as possible to leave spaces for the audience.
SINGER DUES/REFUNDS – Dues are still necessary in order to help pay for music, rehearsal and performance space, our director and accompanist, any guest musicians, and any other equipment or supplies required. Full-year dues are $75 (Fall and Spring); half-year dues are $40. Dues are payable at registration or second rehearsal. Dues are nonrefundable except in extreme circumstances. Scholarships are available and can be applied for through the treasurer.
ADVERTISING AND FUNDRAISING – Advertising our concerts and occasional fundraising are an important part of our yearly budget. We ask each member to help by:
· Distributing flyers in your area to stores or public places you frequent.
· Posting flyers and information on any social media pages you use.
· Personally inviting family and friends to attend our concerts.
· Asking businesses you frequent to buy ads in our year’s programs. Ads are solicited during the Spring session.
· Participating in any fundraising event or activity.
We also place ads and service announcements in local papers, on local radio stations, and on any available billboard signs and marquees.
BOARD AND MEETINGS – As a nonprofit organization, we are governed by an up to eleven-member board. Meetings are generally held monthly, and every member is welcome to attend.
The Central Coast Chorale recognizes and respects an individual's right to privacy for both personal and legal reasons. That being said, in the interest of promoting our group and our performances, articles and photographs are occasionally submitted for publication. So as to avoid breach of privacy, please complete the following form.
I, (please print first and last names) grant / do not grant (circle one) to CCC, its representatives and/or members, the right to take photos of me in connection with CCC events. I further authorize / do not authorize (circle one) CCC to print such photos and my name as appropriate.
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I have read the chorale guidelines carefully and agree to abide by the practices described therein.
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