Registration and First Rehearsal: August 20, 2018
Membership in the Chorale is open to all those who enjoy singing the masterworks of choral literature. Choral experience and the ability to read music will be very helpful, but are not strictly required.
Dues are $ 90.00 for the Fall season, $170 for the full year. A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available; we’re open as well to payment plans. Speak to our board president, John Merrill, or to our treasurer, John Frazier, for more information. The cost of music is included in the dues. Tucson Masterworks Chorale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Dues and contributions are tax deductible under Federal and Arizona tax law.
Rehearsals are held every Monday evening from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church from late August to November. We typically rehearse on holidays! Occasionally our Director will ask us to stay late. Be sure to arrive at all rehearsals a few minutes early, ready to begin singing at 7 p.m.; bring a pencil (and eraser). Kindly refrain from perfumes and scented lotions as some members are allergic. Please turn off all electronic devices so that you may give your full attention to the director and avoid disrupting the focus of everyone around you during rehearsal.
Attendance is expected at each rehearsal. If you know you will miss a rehearsal, contact your Section Leader and notify them in advance of rehearsal. Your absence will be marked as excused and your Section Leader will provide you with the markings prior to the next rehearsal. If you miss more than three rehearsals prior to a concert, the Director will meet with you to determine whether you are not sufficiently prepared. Attendance at all dress rehearsals is mandatory. If extraordinary circumstances require you to miss a dress rehearsal, you must clear the absence with the Director.
It is expected that you will spend some time learning your notes each week, in addition to rehearsals. Our choral rehearsals are intended to work on balance, phrasing, and all aspects of musicality. They are not meant to be note-pounding sessions. Helpful links to performances and other practice materials can be found on the password-protected Singers Only page of our Web site at www.tucsonmasterworkschorale.org/singers/.
The required concert dress ensures that the Chorale as a group presents a uniform appearance. The TMC board now requires women to purchase concert dress from Formal Fashions in Tempe at an approximate cost of $60 to $70. More detailed information on ordering, cost, sizing and style will be available at the first rehearsal.
White long-sleeved dress shirt; black bowtie; black tuxedo (no tails), or black suit or dress slacks with suit coat/jacket; black socks and shoes. Note: Brown, gray, charcoal, or blue suits are not acceptable.
Long, black concert dress with ¾ sleeves and small, square neckline or the available separates– knit top (¾ sleeves and small, square neckline) with long skirt (flat front, elastic waistband with zipper) or palazzo pants.
Ticket Sales And Program Ads
Chorale members are encouraged to sell both Tickets and Program Ads to their family, friends, and local businesses. The Ad Form is available on the Singers Only page to download as a pdf file. Ads are due back with payment no later than Monday, October 23. Tickets will be available on Monday, September 11, and unsold tickets and money are due by Monday, November 6.
Your Board of Directors
The Chorale operates with an all-volunteer Board of Directors, which meets monthly throughout the year. Members and guests are invited to attend Board meetings. Volunteers are integral to the smooth operation of the organization. This is your chorale; we want to hear your questions and concerns! Go to the Singers Only page to see the names and contact information of your board members.
Section Leaders volunteer to take attendance and to relay information to and from the Director and the Board, and the section’s singers. Contact information for the Section Leaders is available on the Singers Only page. Please let your section leader know in advance if you are unable to attend a rehearsal or will be late to arrive.
Grace St. Paul Episcopal Church, Our Host
Grace St. Paul’s is a gracious host to us. Please be a considerate guest. Do not place anything on the altar. Pick up all belongings and debris before you leave rehearsals. Thanks! Lost items may be found by calling the Church Office: 327-6857