|OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERSHIP:|
Minimum Age: 18
The musical success of the organization depends upon your dedication to the ensemble and sense of workmanship with the scores. When a singer accepts an offer of Chorale membership, it implies a desire to collaborate with the musical staff and fellow singers in the spirit of cooperation necessary to meet the standards set by the Music Director, professional orchestras, and conductors with whom the Chorale often joins forces. Understanding that personal and professional lives pull us in many directions, we rely on singers to make their best effort to sing all performances in the concert season.
In addition to your initial audition, all members of the Chorale are re-auditioned on a regular basis, generally every two years. An individual may also be asked to re-audition if he/she misses one or more entire concert sets.
Weekly rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley. Twice a year we have an all-day retreat. Retreats are not considered optional. There will be additional rehearsals during the week preceding each concert, and sectional rehearsals may be scheduled, as needed. It is important that you arrive promptly for all rehearsals and performances.
The maximum number of rehearsals you are allowed to miss for any concert set is two and rehearsals on concert week are mandatory. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Music Director, but only if you notify him in well in advance. Check your calendar and report any conflicts affecting performances or concert week rehearsals to the Music Director before accepting his membership offer.
Practicing difficult or assigned passages between rehearsals is an essential duty of all singers. The Music Director may assign musical checkpoints and evaluate your individual preparedness on assigned portions of the score.
We have two sets of concert attire, one for formal concerts and another for informal concerts. For formal concerts, women must purchase and wear our regulation black dress. More information about the specifics of this outfit will be provided to you if you are accepted into the chorale. Men wear a single-breasted black tuxedo, white formal shirt with no ruffles, and black bow tie, black cummerbund or black vest. We use ‘the black folder’ or similar for all performances. Music is provided free of charge or will be available for print.
Singers are required to pay dues to the Chorale each year. We will accommodate any singer for whom this is a financial hardship. Singers are encouraged to purchase or sell tickets to each Chorale performance and to promote all Chorale-sponsored activities.
We wish you success in your audition and look forward to meeting you.
To join our audition list, please email [email protected]
and check back for upcoming audition details.