Every member is expected to:
- Attend every rehearsal and to be on time; exceptions, of course, are made for family, work, traffic or unexpected emergencies.
- Always bring a pencil for marking music. (Professional hint: use red for mf and louder dynamics; use blue for mp and softer dynamics)
- Be kind and respectful at all times to all other chorus members.
- Warmly welcome new members and make them feel at ease by introducing them to other members of your section.
- Accomplish weekly homework assignments outside of the rehearsal. *
- Get all markings missed during an absence, before the next rehearsal, from a section member or Section Leader.
- Remember that silence is golden, although the occasional quip is permitted…and sometimes most appropriate.
- Wear a name tag at rehearsals to facilitate better camaraderie and to help members longtime and new to know who’s who.
*While we understand that family and work complications are a part of today’s hectic lifestyle, every Bella Musica member is expected to be current with the learning curve for each piece. Our collective inability to do so results in a compromised performance that is not indicative of our full potential.
Rehearsals will be held at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday evenings from 7-9:30, with a stretch break and announcements . Due to COVID concerns, we will not serve communal food at this point. Singers can bring a personal snack, but we will not be sharing food for the foreseeable future.
- If you will be late on a consistent basis because of family or work demands, simply let your Section Leader and the Director know.
- An Absence is considered to be in effect if more than half a rehearsal is missed; fatigue, sudden illness or unexpected family matters that require you to leave or be late to a rehearsal will not be counted as an Absence.
WOMEN: Formal concert black
- Pants: full-length pants: no jeans or casual pants, OR Skirt: mid-calf to ankle length, straight hem or formal concert style;
- Top: ¾ length or long sleeves, moderate to high necklines; jackets are okay; no sweaters
- Fabric: matte true black; no lacy, shiny, sparkly or see-through fabrics;
- Accessories: black low-heeled or flat dress shoes; very simple jewelry: i.e. small, non-shiny earrings, a simple necklace (pearls, gold—no pendants, etc.).
- Black hose if a skirt is worn
Recommendation: Make-up, brighter and stronger than usual street makeup (including rouge, eye shadow, liner, foundation)
Why: to avoid the ever-present washed out look that is especially important when wearing formal concert black.
NOTE: It is a very wise idea to wear your performance shoes to the dress rehearsals so that you don’t have any surprises when/if you must stand for a long time during a concert.
A formal all-black tuxedo or convincing tuxedo “look”
- pressed pleated pure white tuxedo shirt with wing tip collar;
- neatly pressed pants;
- solid black bow tie, black socks and polished black shoes;
- black cummerbund optional;
- no vests, please.
If not a tux:
- Solid all-black (no pin striped) suit or solid black blazer and
- black dress slacks neatly pressed;
- ironed/pressed long-sleeve pure white shirt;
- black bow tie.
A black folder or 3-ring binder in excellent condition is required for all performances.
There are ways to privately express concerns of any kind:
If you have personal feelings of unhappiness or are having Bella Musica problems of any sort, they may be brought to the President and/or Director with the expectation of total confidentiality and respect for you as a person and respect for your feelings.