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Information for members


Kāpiti Chorale is a non-auditioned choir limited to around 80 members; however some guest singers may be admitted.

The Music Director is Eric Sidoti and rehearsal accompanist / voice trainer is Ellen Barrett. (
Practice Pianist)

Three concerts per year are usually performed with an occasional major work as part of a community choir.

A reasonable standard of musical knowledge and ability is needed with choral experience preferred.

Members are expected to participate in the full year's programme and pay the full annual subscription. If they wish to miss a session the permission of the Music Director should be obtained and the Membership Secretary informed.

Former members wishing to rejoin the choir after a period of absence must do so as guest singers.

Guest Singers

Guest singers are welcome to come and try out the choir for four weeks at the beginning, or within three weeks of the beginning, of a session.  After four weeks, guests will be welcome to come for four sessions but not be permitted to sing in the upcoming concert, unless the Music Director gives approval for them to sing.

Constitution and Rules of the Kāpiti Chorale



Held on Mondays from 7.30 to 9.30pm in St. Paul's Church Hall, corner of Kāpiti Road and Langdale Ave, Paraparaumu.
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Two or three Saturday rehearsals, per session, are usually held from 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Singers must attend a minimum of 75% of rehearsals including three of the last four rehearsals and the compulsory final rehearsal.

Singers are asked to be at the hall at 7.15pm to register attendance, collect any music and help set out chairs, rostrum etc.   After the rehearsal chairs are to be returned.

Occasionally rehearsals are held in St. Paul's Church.   No food or drink (except for water) is to be consumed in the church.

Name badges are supplied and should be worn at each rehearsal: Committee yellow; members white; guest singers green.  If you need a replacement, ask Vivien Adams.

Apologies are to be given to the
Membership Secretary or marked in the register in advance.

Rehearsal courtesy

Please do not talk when the Music Director is talking.  While the Director is aware of those who like to stand beside friends, sometimes singers will be asked to move to a new position; please accept the Director's decision.  The committee encourages a pleasant team spirit and discourages discourtesy to other choir members.

There are usually three each year.   A schedule of rehearsal dates is published at the beginning of each session.
There is a two or three week break between sessions.

Concert dress
Women   Teal shirt with collar and three-quarter length sleeves worn outside the waistband.  Black skirt or dress trousers, black stockings and black shoes (not sandals).  Shirts can be obtained through the Chorale.  No perfume and minimal jewellery.

Men  White shirt, dark trousers, black shoes and socks. Blue ties are supplied for concerts. Sometimes a black open-neck shirt is worn.

Music Scores

Music Handling Code (updated: July 2015)

The Kāpiti Chorale depends on hiring music from various libraries and other choirs and must maintain a good reputation in order to continue doing so.  As well as handling borrowed music well, we need to look after our own copies, and to avoid paying for lost or damaged copies.  In order to ensure this, a music handling code has been developed, which we would kindly ask every singing member to respect.

1. When the music copy is issued to each Chorale member, please inspect it for damage or pencil markings. Report these to the Librarian who will note the facts before the music is used.

2. PLEASE ONLY USE 2B PENCILS for annotating scores.

3. If any member withdraws during a session, it is their responsibility to return the music copies to the Librarian as soon as possible.  The onus is on the particular member to return the music copies to the Kāpiti Chorale.  The onus is not on the Chorale to retrieve the music copies.  The copies may be given to another Chorale member to return to the Librarian, returned at the end of a practice, or delivered to the Librarian’s house.

4. Please follow the Librarian's directions regarding the return of scores and erasure of your annotations after a concert.  If requested to do so, during the interval and afterwards, please rub out all pencil markings on the music copies if possible and return to the boxes provided by the Librarian.  Please do not take away any music copies; all must be returned at this time.  If anyone cannot remove the pencil markings for any reason, the uncleaned music copies should still be returned to the collection boxes.  The Librarian will hold a checking and final cleaning session, or “rubbing out party”, a few days after the concert to check all music copies for cleanliness and damage, and ensure that all markings are removed before scores are returned to the institution which hired them to the Kāpiti Chorale, or returned to our library. Volunteers to assist the Librarian in this task are welcome!

5. All lending institutions state a lending period during which the music copies must be returned and there is usually a penalty for a late or incomplete return.  Late returns jeopardise our reliability as good borrowers and make the lenders less willing to lend us scores for the future.  Having all the copies returned on concert day gives time for the Librarian to check all copies have been returned and are cleaned.

6. If any choir member loses or damages any music copy, that person is responsible for meeting the penalty required by the hiring institution.  If the member who has lost or damaged any music copy does not pay the fine or return the music, they will not be welcome to attend any sessions of the Chorale until the matter is resolved to the Committee’s satisfaction.


Will be distributed from time to time with Chorale news and information, and a link to it will be on the home page of this website.

Contact details

Upon joining the Chorale, contact details need to be supplied.  If these change at any stage, please let the membership secretary know.

The committee hopes this information sheet is useful.  If you have any comments please talk to a committee member: