The choir invites singers of all voice parts (SATB) to audition for a position in the choir. Singers are also most welcome to attend one of our rehearsals at Church of the Redeemer, 185 Cold Spring St. in New Haven. We rehearse from 8-10 pm every Wednesday in preparation for our biannual concerts.
Please contact Gretchen at 203-624-2520 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you would like to schedule an audition.
An audition consists of meeting with Artistic Director Daniel Shaw, doing some general vocalizing and performing a 1-2 minute unaccompanied selection of the singer's choice. The actual song can be anything; it does not have to be a classical solo! A Broadway song, a lullaby, a folksong, or a verse or two of a hymn -- whatever you like to sing. Dan will be checking your voice quality and range, and whether you stay in tune without accompaniment to support you.
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Dues are currently $100 per semester. There may also be a modest cost for sheet music, typically under $25. Dues should be paid in full by an announced deadline.
Dues cover NHOC operating expenses and are critical to cover rehearsals and pre-concert costs.
NHOC’s policy is to not turn away members from participating in NHOC activities if, due to extenuating circumstances, they are unable to pay 100% of NHOC’s dues for that concert season.
One or two annual fundraisers (fall and spring) are normally held to supplement our income from dues and ticket sales. These are designed to be fun community-builders as well as generators of income. All choir members should plan to participate, by attending, inviting friends, helping with setup and cleanup, donating refreshments and silent auction items, etc. Recently, we have participated successfully in the Great Give online campaign sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, as a substitute for either the fall or spring fundraiser. Whatever the form, these fundraising efforts call for broad participation by choir members in order to achieve their purpose.
Our current calendar includes two regularly scheduled concerts, one in December and one in May. Dates for these concerts are set as early as possible in the program year, and may be set for a Friday evening, a Saturday evening, or a Sunday afternoon, depending on circumstances.
We rehearse regularly on Wednesdays from 8:00 to 10:00 pm at the Church of the Redeemer (Whitney Avenue and Cold Spring Street, New Haven) from September through our December concert and from January through our spring concert. Parking is on the street.
Socializing opportunities, with refreshments, are scheduled after some rehearsals. Sometimes this also involves everyone pitching in to get out a mailing for publicity or fundraising. An informal group (always open to anyone) often retires to Archie Moore’s on Willow Street after rehearsal to enjoy each other’s company.
Additional sectional rehearsals are usually scheduled at least once in every rehearsal cycle, typically for 2 hours on Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon, and normally with several weeks’ advance notice.
When study mp3s and/or CDs can be accessed, they are made available as soon as possible as we begin rehearsing repertoire. Members are expected to spend some time each week studying or practicing music outside of rehearsal time, so as to maximize rehearsal time for working on polish and nuance rather than notes.
Attendance is taken at all rehearsals. All choir members are expected to attend every rehearsal. Absences will be excused for illness, emergencies, and reasonable schedule conflicts. Schedule conflicts that are known well ahead of time and will result in absence from rehearsal should be reported as soon as they are known.
The week of a concert will involve at least a dress rehearsal, and possibly other extra rehearsal time (an early start to the Wednesday rehearsal and/or an additional rehearsal at another time).