what this involves
In order to maintain a high standard of performance, our steadfast commitment and demonstration of unity, we expect our members to be at all rehearsals and concerts, ready to sing. The practical implications of this philosophy: if you must miss any part of a rehearsal, you must call (not email) our Chorusmaster or Music Director at least 24 hours before the rehearsal is scheduled to begin; explaining why you must miss the rehearsal.
It is difficult to differentiate between "excused" and "unexcused" absences. Regardless of the reason, when someone misses rehearsal, he hurts himself and the entire group. Remember that in a chorus it is not a matter of you smugly rehearsing on your own at home and confidently and being able to sing it alone but there is a critical need to be singing with your fellow singers, you need to work with and blend with them and vice versa.
As an illustration, assuming a rehearsal season of 4 months which comprises say 32 rehearsal sessions. Assuming a medium sized group of 20 singers and each singer takes a turn to be absent for one rehearsal during the season. Hence 20 rehearsals or about 66% of total rehearsals will be incomplete in terms of attendance.
Some points to be noted:
If ABSENCES BECOME A PROBLEM for a particular individual, the Chorusmaster or Music Director will ask to speak with that person. Should the problem persist and no workable solution is arrived at, the individual may be requested to leave the chorale.
In general, if someone misses more than one rehearsal in the 5 week period preceding and leading up to a musical production, he jeopardizes his participation in and the quality of that production.
If you have any questions about attendance, or if you foresee any potential conflicts in the future, please come and let us know about them way in advance.