Membership

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Membership

Membership of Hastings Choristers Inc is open to all who enjoy choral music. Those who do not wish to sing are most welcome to join in a supporting role. The requirements specifically relating to singers are not relevant to them.

Hastings Choristers Choirs

Hastings Choristers Inc is the legal entity responsible for the operations of all its supported choirs. At present, these consist of adult choirs Cantorus (SATB) and Cantabile (SSAA).

The four sections in Cantorus (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) each have sectional representation. As well as group rehearsals, sectional practices are held to assist with part work.

Most members of Cantorus are able to read music. Members who do not read music need to have a good musical memory and be prepared to seek help from a pianist to assist with learning parts. A small portable recording device to record parts during sectional rehearsals may be beneficial to those who have difficulty reading music. For those needing extra help in learning music, a link to a webpage originally created by one of our members is here.

Members must be able to sing in tune and maintain this whilst singing against other parts.

How to Join

Introductory Procedure

It is suggested that prospective members attend two or three rehearsals to familiarise themselves with the routine and the music, after which a short audition will be conducted.

Audition

Prospective singers will be given a short, simple audition by the Musical Director, your Section Leader, and a Committee Member. This can be before or after a choir rehearsal or during a private appointment.

If your singing is secure, full membership will be offered.  If your singing is not secure you will be given tips for improvement and an opportunity, to re-audition.  Should your singing still be shaky you may be told at the time of audition that full membership will not be offered at this time. However a third audition may be offered.

Fees

Once membership has been offered, you must agree to pay fees.  Under incorporation law membership dues must be current for insurance against public liability.  Fees are to be paid by the third week of each school term to our Treasurer. 

Health and Safety

The health and safety of our choirs is very important to us. Our H&S policy is available for download.

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