Do I need to audition?
The Choral Society of NEPA operates under the guidance of two principal philosophies: “Artistry through Opportunity” and “Excellence through Education.” In short, if you love singing and choral music and are willing to work hard on behalf of both of those accounts, then we love you and want you to be a part of our musical family. Of course, we still need to hear you (or your child) sing and try a few musical skills, but rest assured, we are on your side each step of the way. Click on the appropriate link below for a snap-shot of the process for joining.
Do I need to read music?
While that skill is always a plus, we don’t expect it of you. We supply our adults with audio recordings to assist their learning, and we teach our children and youth to read music as part of their rehearsal process.
New members are always welcomed at the start of each fall and spring semester. We suggest that you simply attend one of the first two rehearsals, borrow a set of music, join the vocal section where you think you will be most comfortable singing, and “audition” us. If you enjoy yourself, consider that to be a good omen and speak with the director at the conclusion of the rehearsal. They will speak with you briefly to determine your background and experience, ask you to declare any conflicts you foresee with the rehearsal/performance schedule, ask you to sing some simple scales to determine your vocal range and color, and perhaps allow you to sing some of the musical passages you just rehearsed. That’s it!
Members pay per-semester tuition of $75.00 to help underwrite the cost of director, accompanist, professional section-leaders, and rehearsal space. In return, each member receives 2 tickets to a society-produced concert of their choice. Members also purchase and retain their own musical scores at a per-semester cost of $ 10.00 – $20.00. There is no official “uniform” that must be purchased; rather, women wear all black of their choice while men wear tuxedo or black suit with a black bow tie.
Attendance is expected at all rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and performances, though prior conflicts will be considered for approval by the director when they are declared before the start of each semester. Any member who misses more than two rehearsals may be asked by the director to either step aside from the performance or demonstrate their mastery of the music for the director.
New members are always welcomed at the start of each fall and spring semester. To arrange for a brief interview/audition, please call our director of children’s & youth programs, Frank Jones, at (570) 906-1830, or send us an email through our website.
At your child’s interview and audition, they will be asked to sing some simple scales and to hear and repeat some short melodies and rhythms. Our directors will also use this time to determine if they believe your child has the attention span and social skills to insure their enjoyment of rehearsal. While they’re singing, you’ll have the chance to get some additional information and fill out some paperwork. We are looking to encourage and educate young singers, so previous musical experience is not necessary.
Per-semester tuition is $ 70.00, with a substantial discount for additional siblings. Each family of singers is also required to raise an additional $ 24.00 per semester through candy sales, though this can simply be paid in cash if preferred. Each of our children’s & youth ensembles has a performance uniform, but every effort is made to keep this cost minimal though maintaining a stock of previously-worn uniforms.
To help insure the safety of children during rehearsals and performances, each parent is asked to contribute one evening per semester to work as a “parent on duty.”