The handbook is designed to give you most of the information you will need as a Chorale member. We are a member organization and there are privileges and responsibilities of membership. Please take the time to read it online or download your own copy. Attendance and Cost information is provided below as a convenience for easy reference.
Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 PM to 9:20 PM at the Manassas Baptist Church, 8800 Sudley Road, Manassas. First rehearsal is August 28, 2012. First rehearsal after the Christmas concerts is January 8, 2013. Regular attendance is essential to maintain the quality of any vocal ensemble. Members are required to attend at least the minimum required number of rehearsals for each concert. Members are responsible to register their own attendance at rehearsal. In order to be counted as present, a singer cannot miss more than half an hour of the rehearsal.
For the 2012-2013 season, the attendance requirements (not including the mandatory dress rehearsals) equate to:
- Fall (October) - 5 of 7 (including a Saturday rehearsal on Sep 22, 9 AM-12 PM)
- Winter (December) - 7 of 9
- Voices United (March) - 8 of 10
- Spring (May) - 9 of 11
If a member exceeds the maximum allowable absences, but wishes to perform in the concert, he/she will sing for the Music Review Board, which will determine the singer’s preparedness. Rehearsal day/times will be announced well in advance so that Chorale members may be aware of any changes or additions to the regular schedule.
If you have any questions about your attendance, contact the Vice President, who keeps the attendance records and reports to the Director about absences of members.
A dress rehearsal is held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center before each concert. All members must be in attendance unless otherwise arranged with the Director. Only circumstances such as true family emergencies, illness, or other unavoidable circumstances will be considered by the Director as excusable absences from dress rehearsal. Failure to attend the dress rehearsal may result in the member not being eligible to perform with the Chorale for the concert. Concert attire is NOT required at dress rehearsals. The dress rehearsals are scheduled for the following dates and times. Note: scheduling conflicts with the Hylton may require changes in the date or time.
- Thursday, October 4 7:00 – 9:30 pm
- Tuesday, December 4 7:00 – 9:30 pm
- also Friday, December 7, 7:30 PM at Manassas Baptist Church
- Tuesday, March 12 7:00 – 9:30 pm
- also Friday, March 15, 7:30 PM at Manassas Baptist Church
- Thursday, May 30 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Every singer in the Chorale is considered a member of the organization. The annual membership dues for the 2012-2013 season are $120 per member. A person may join the Chorale at the beginning of any of the four concert segments and their membership is good for one year (four consecutive concert segments). Dues may be paid all at once or in three payments of $40 each. If making payments, then the first two payments must be paid in order for the member to perform at a Hylton PAC concert. Final payment must be made within 90 days of joining the Chorale, or of the date of annual renewal. Chorale members will be reminded to renew their membership by paying their dues. Scholarship funds are available for persons who may be in need of financial assistance. To apply for these funds, please speak to one of the four executive officers.
Each member is also required to own or purchase a black performace folder, which may be purchased from the Chorale at a cost of $7, and concert attire (see Member Handbook for details).