VERNON CHORALE HANDBOOK

MISSION STATEMENT

The purpose of The Vernon Chorale, Inc. is to provide a forum to learn and refine choral singing and to educate audiences through the presentation of choral music concerts, sacred and secular.

MEMBERSHIP

Members of the Vernon Chorale are singers who have successfully auditioned and fully participate in each concert season. Each member is encouraged to recruit new members and participate in the continued development of the Chorale as stated in our Mission Statement. There are opportunities to volunteer for various roles in fundraising, publicity, and hospitality for post-concert receptions. Each member is expected to sell (or purchase) at least 6 tickets for the December and April concerts, and 4 for the June concert.

DUES

Annual membership dues, established by the Board of Directors, contribute toward the financial obligations of the Chorale, including salaries, venues, rights and insurance costs. Member dues for the 2017-2018 season are $60, and must be paid two weeks after the first rehearsal. Current members joining for only one semester must pay a full year’s dues. Dues are waived for full-time undergraduate students.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

The attendance policy exists to protect the integrity of the group and the music. Chorus members are expected to attend all rehearsals. It is your responsibility to advise your section leader in advance if you cannot attend. Any member missing more than two rehearsals per concert (one for June concert) may be required for the Artistic Director or appeal to the Board of Directors. Frequent tardiness may also require another audition. Attendance at dress rehearsals is mandatory; absences may be allowed at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

SABBATICAL

To ensure continuity of membership and cohesiveness of sound, any singer who chooses to take a year or more of ‘sabbatical’ from Vernon Chorale membership will be asked to reaudition at the discretion of the Artistic Director. If there are auditioned and qualified singers on the wait list, you may not automatically be able to rejoin your section but added to the wait list to be “called upon” as space allows, also at the discretion of the Artistic Director.  Singers on sabbatical are highly encouraged to attend concerts and board meetings, participate in fundraising, and otherwise support and stay involved in the Vernon Chorale community.

REHEARSALS

Rehearsals are held every Tuesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Rockville High School, Loveland Hill Road, Vernon. Additional sectional rehearsals and/or full member rehearsals may be called at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

REHEARSAL CANCELLATION

In the event that a rehearsal is cancelled, you will be notified by your section leader. Cancellation decisions will be made by 5 pm, and every attempt will be made to contact members in a timely manner. If Vernon Schools are cancelled for the day, you can reference WFSB Channel 3, www.wfsb.com, or contact the high school at  860.870.6050. Cancellations will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

SNOW DATES

In case of a concert cancellation because of inclement weather, snow dates are scheduled for both the December and April concerts. Members are expected to be available for the announced snow dates. Rehearsals cancelled by inclement weather may be rescheduled at the Artistic Director’s discretion. Absence at a rescheduled rehearsal will not be held against the singer’s absence count.

FUNDRAISING

It is expected of each member to participate in fund-raising activities such as soliciting ads for our concert program ad-book or donations for patrons and donors, ticket sales, and matching gifts from employers.

You are encouraged to visit our website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and to publicize and “share” Vernon Chorale events.  Our website contains a wealth of information about us, upcoming concerts, links to other sites, and a private section for chorale members only. For questions or suggestions about the website, contact Bruce Jones.

MUSIC SCORES

Each member is responsible for purchasing their music, made available through the Chorale. All music must be paid for within two weeks of receipt. You may use your own score if it is the same edition chosen by the Artistic Director. All music must be in black folders by the dress rehearsal for all concerts. Choral Fellows are not responsible for the cost of their scores.

SECTION LEADERS

At the beginning of the concert year, section leaders will be introduced. It will be the responsibility of each member to know their section leader and how to contact him/her.

CONCERT DRESS

Our appearance is an important aspect of our performance. Only members in proper concert attire will be allowed to sing for performance. Proper dress is as follows:

MEN: WOMEN:
Black tuxedo, black suit, or black jacket/pants. Black, dressy, ankle-length skirt or slacks.
Plain white shirt, black bow tie. Black shirt or blouse (not sleeveless).
Black socks, black shoes. Black shoes.
Minimal jewelry, unless otherwise stated.

***The following is not allowed: vests, denim, cologne/perfume, aftershave, scented hairspray.