Why Join Vocalize?

Choir membership brings with it the challenge to learn a variety of music, and to blend with a diverse group of people. While an element of discipline is expected in relation to punctuality, practice and organization, these are outweighed by the satisfaction of performing in the ensemble – “a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts”. Vocalize is designed to be a choir that sings for the joy of it.

Membership Information

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions:

When is the choir starting up again? Vocalize will recommence Monday rehearsals from 1st February 2016.

Rehearsal Time: Weekly Monday nights 7:00-8:30pm (excluding public holidays and school holidays)

Where: At Faith Lutheran Church hall, 2 Ailsa Avenue Warradale

Rehearsals: Regular attendance is helpful for everyone. We realise that some members are unable to attend every week due to other commitments; all we ask is that you attend on a regular basis. It can be difficult to catch up songs if too many rehearsals are missed.

What to bring to rehearsal each week: To assist with keeping your sheet music in good condition, please bring:

  • a display folder for your music
  • a pencil (NOT pen) for making notations on your music
  • an eraser
  • a bottle of water

Upon arrival at rehearsal: When you first arrive please visit the table by the door and mark your name off in the attendance book, check for notices and put on your name tag. Then take your seat ready to sing.

Doors open at about 10 to 7. We start at 7p.m. sharp with a warm up. If arriving late please come in quietly and take your seat. We endeavour to keep unnecessary taking during rehearsal to a minimum so we can get through a lot of music.

New members: We welcome anyone (16+) who would like to join us! No experience or audition necessary, and the ability to read music is not a requirement. New members are given the opportunity to try Vocalize out for two weeks before having to join as full members.

Membership: Members are asked to complete an annual membership form so that we have the latest information and contact details for you.

If You’re Sick: Please stay home and get better! For your own health and safety and for that of the rest of the choir we would rather you take the night off and recover.

Section Leaders: Within each vocal section there is a designated support leader who is there to assist when needed. Please notify your section leader if you will be absent from a rehearsal.

Soprano: Bron Hern
Alto: Julie Wright
Baritone: Alan Smith

Fees: Choir membership is great value for money, equating to less than $3/week!

Membership includes:

  • Over 35 rehearsals across the calendar year with conductor and piano accompanist
  • Rehearsal venue hire
  • Public Liability and Volunteer Accident insurance
  • Performance licence
  • Membership of the Australian National Choir Association
  • Loan of original sheet music
  • Access to practice tracks
  • Several performance opportunities

Our annual membership fees are based on the term joined – the 2016 fee schedule is as follows:

$95      Term 1*
$80      Term 2
$55      Term 3
$35      Term 4

*If you would prefer to pay in 2-3 instalments please discuss with the choir Treasurer, however please note that all Term 1 instalments must be finalized by the end of Term 1. Online transfer payments are also welcome, please use the following details if you wish you pay your fees by direct bank transfer:

Vocalize Choir
BSB: 704 942
Acc: 147513
Choir ABN: 85 542 899 693

Once you have paid your fees, please hand your remittance slip to the Choir Treasurer who make a record of your payment and issue you a receipt.

Member protection: Vocalize Choir is a member of the Australian National Choir Association (ANCA). All financial members are covered by our ANCA insurance policy when performing. Members who have not paid their fees are no longer covered by insurance.

Sheet music: The sheet music distributed to members remains the property of Vocalize Choir and must be returned when requested or if you leave the choir. Please treat it with respect as sometimes we have it on loan from another source. Each member is given a membership number and this is used on music to identify who has been issued the music. The non-return of music can be very expensive for us so please let us know if you lose it. Markings in pencil only are permitted.

Performance Uniform: The performance uniform is black with an orange scarf or tie. Members need only worry about dressing in black as the orange accessories will be loaned on the day. Full length black pants/tops are encouraged but not essential. Please do not wear any extra jewellery or accessories.

Choral Folders and Uniform: On performance days you will be issued with a black choral folder and a scarf (women) or tie (men). These are on loan for performance only and must be returned at the end in original condition.

Practicing at home is an important part of learning our songs. We often provide practice tracks for you to sing along to at home or in the car. We encourage extra practice. You’d be amazed at what a difference two 15-minute practices per week can make.

Help sheets: If you are unable to read music and struggle with the timing of notes etc, please download the following Help Sheet and place in your music folder to consult whenever needed. It includes some simple directions to assist non-music readers to understand some of the symbols used on music.

Attendance book: Please mark your name off in the attendance book when you arrive each week, and use this book to notify us of any anticipated absences or holidays, questions you may have, or suggestions. This will be on the table each week.

Performances: Performances are important to Vocalize Choir, and regular attendance helps our presentation skills. Members volunteer to attend performances on a performance schedule sheet. A minimum number is required before committing to the booking. All who have submitted their name are asked to honour the commitment and turn up to the performance.

Attending performances: Unless otherwise arranged we will make our own way there. We encourage car-pooling. If it is some distance to travel we may hire a mini bus at a small cost to members.

Booking a performance: All bookings for performances by the choir are done through the Choir Director. There may be a small fee for private functions.

Taking leave or moving on: If you are going away on extended leave for more than 3-4 weeks could you notify the choir Secretary so we’re aware that you are away and not left us. If you decide to move on and leave the choir you are required to return all sheet music and to let the Secretary know.

About Vocalize: Vocalize Choir is a community choir within the City of Marion and we encourage member participation. Vocalize endeavours to provide entertainment to the community at a variety of functions with a range of lively repertoire. Currently Vocalize Choir is not an incorporated entity and thus does not have an official committee. It is coordinated by the following team:

Choir Director – Kerrie Polkinghorne
Secretary – Cheryl Carter
Treasurer/Librarian – Jen Gilbert
Assistant Director – Annette Pelling
Team members – Sally Hyam, Adrian Miller

Taxation: Vocalize Choir is a not-for-profit organisation and is therefore tax-exempt. If the choir disbands at any time, financial members will not be refunded, rather any remaining funds will be donated to the Australian National Choir Association.

ABN: 85 542 899 693

 

Download Choir Information

Download a printable PDF below.

Vocalize Choir Information 2016

Download Membership Form

If you are interested in joining Vocalize, please download and fill out the Membership Form below.

Vocalize Choir Membership Form 2016

Fees

Choir membership is great value for money, equating to less than $3/week!

Membership includes:

  • Over 35 rehearsals across the calendar year with conductor and piano accompanist
  • Rehearsal venue hire
  • Public Liability and Volunteer Accident insurance
  • Performance licence
  • Membership of the Australian National Choir Association
  • Loan of original sheet music
  • Access to practice tracks
  • Several performance opportunities

Our annual membership fees are based on the term joined – the 2016 fee schedule is as follows:

Term 1   $95
Term 2   $80
Term 3   $55
Term 4   $35