Chorus Etiquette

Rehearsal Etiquette


1.  Attendance– Regular attendance will do the most to maximize the success of our work.  All Chorus members should attend the rehearsals.  If there is a problem, please let your section leader know of your pending or past absence.  More than three absences may require that the member audition for the performances.

2.  Start of Rehearsal– Rehearsals begin promptly at 7:00pm.  Please be on time.  We ask chorus members to be in their seats by 7:00pm with their music ready.  Arrival during or after warm-up will not allow you time to get your voice and body ready to sing.

3.  During Rehearsal–  Please be attentive to the Music Director and refrain from talking.  At times, the director will allow personal conversation if there is a pause in the rehearsal.

4.  Break

a. Generally around 8:30, the Music Director will announce a break and its duration.  Chorus members are asked at the beginning of the semester to sign up to provide beverages for break.   At the conclusion of this time, please return promptly to your seat.  Doing so will maximize rehearsal time.

b. Before the break begins, there will be a short session for the Board President to make announcements.  At this time, s/he will call upon members who wish to make their own announcement as well.  Please let the President know in advance if you wish to do so.

5.  Completion– Rehearsal typically concludes by 9:30pm.  As the Music Director may often have a last minute announcement, please remain quiet so all can hear until s/he dismisses chorus members.

6.  Breakdown/Clean-up

a. Chorus members are responsible for restoring the rehearsal space to its regular condition.  Each member should carry his or her own chair to the chair rack.  If you are unable to do so, please ask another member to help.  Designated members will handle instruments and other technical equipment.

b. Refuse should be disposed in the containers provided by the church, including recycling bins.

The quality and efficiency of rehearsals depends upon the cooperation of the chorus.  More time can be spent working on the music if we make these guidelines part of our conduct.


Concert Etiquette


To complement the quality of our singing, we should strive in concerts to present a professional appearance by the way we dress, enter the performance space, and behave on stage.  Our performance begins when we enter the room and mount the risers, at which time we have the attention of the audience.

Some behaviors on stage may seem innocuous and unnoticeable but they are not.  These would include:

  • Applause
  • Talking to others
  • Waving to audience members
  • Carrying books in opposite hand to the rest of the group
  • Not lowering or raising the book with the rest of the chorus
  • Excessive fidgeting, playing with hair, removing glasses, etc.
  • Following along with the score while soloists are singing
  • Reacting in any way to one’s own or another member’s errors

Following these directions does not preclude our enjoying ourselves while performing, we hope.  Our audience appreciates our smiles and (restrained) laughter.  We want them to know that we are having a good time performing for them.  Our bright eyes and focused attention on the director and the music are appropriate.  Our smiles of appreciation during applause are greatly appreciated.