Rehearsals are held in the Hastings District Respite Care Centre, Cnr Morton and Heather Streets, Port Macquarie, and commence at 6.30pm sharp each Monday during school terms.
Please help with setting up chairs before rehearsals and always put away your chair after, and help restore the hall to normal. This is everyone’s responsibility.
Singers must arrive early to read notices on the white board and collect any new music, and sign attendance sheets. These are located on the left front side of the stage in a different coloured folder for each section.
You will receive music required for rehearsals and performances from our music librarian. All music that is no longer required must be returned to her immediately. All markings on music must be made lightly in pencil only, and rubbed out before music is returned to the librarian.
Rehearsals commence with a warm-up which includes gentle physical exercises, vocalise and rounds. These must be done quietly.
Bring all music and a pencil. It is imperative to bring a bottle of water to sip during rehearsals. At least one litre should be consumed.
Please ensure you sit between two experienced choristers. Later you may be moved where your voice blends best.
Rehearsals normally conclude around 9.00pm.
Singing in a choir is a group activity involving teamwork. Choristers must make a commitment to attend rehearsals regularly. An attendance register is kept. Those choristers who fail to attend regularly will be under-prepared for concerts and will be asked not to perform. The Musical Director needs to be aware of each chorister’s availability when planning for concert rehearsals and performances. Please return your concert commitment sheets promptly.
As a matter of courtesy please follow these procedures:
In order to maintain the choir’s high standards it is essential that all Choristers know the repertoire and are confident in singing by the time of performance. The aim is to ensure all heads out of the music, with a good sight line to the conductor. For those needing extra help in learning music, a link to a webpage originally created by one of our members is here.
The venue rehearsals or final rehearsals are mandatory in order for a chorister to be able to participate in a performance. The Musical Director reserves the right to the final decision on who is ready to perform.
Uniform for Performances (unless advised otherwise):
Care of Voice
Some tips for keeping your voice in good shape (from Dr. Margaret Pride):
A Good Chorister Always....