Kapiti Chorale Subs Policy and Practice
From 2013, full members of the Kapiti Chorale pay an annual sub of $110. This is an essential element of membership of our choir. We could not survive without all full members paying this sub each year. This money helps meet the ongoing general expenses of the choir, including such things as rehearsal hall hire, the modest payments we make for the services of our exceptional Music Director and Accompanist, and other things such as annual auditor fees etc. We do get money from ticket sales to our concerts, and these do normally cover most of the concert-specific costs such as soloist fees, music hire, venue fees, ticket and programme printing, and advertising, but they are definitely not sufficient to also cover all the above mentioned ongoing general expenses.
Full Members need to pay their annual sub of $110 no later than the end of the second rehearsal of the first session each year. Payments can either be cash or a cheque made out to "Kapiti Chorale Inc.". These are to be placed in a sealed envelope with your name on it, and handed to the Treasurer. Or you can pay by direct credit to our bank account (ANZ Otaki) account number 11 7255 0120129 11. Please make sure you include your name in the reference details of the payment, and when you have made the payment, email the firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know to watch out for it.
Some members find that they are unable to attend all three concert sessions in a year. This is acceptable (to a degree) in terms of attendance, but there is no rebate of subs available for missing sessions.
New members:When people join our choir, they do not have to audition - they can simply come along and try us out. Fees for new members (aka guest singers) are as follows: They may attend for up to four rehearsal sessions without obligation. If, after attending four rehearsals, a guest singer decides they would like to continue with us, then they must pay $40 (at the end of the 4th rehearsal or the beginning of the fifth rehearsal). They then continue to attend rehearsals and perform in the concert at the end of the session (so long as they have met the overall attendance requirements etc. for the concert - just like the full members have to.) After the concert our Music Director considers the "goodness of fit" of the guest singer with the choir, and decides whether or not to invite the guest singer to become a full member. Those guest singers invited to become full members then must pay the following part sub for membership of the choir for the rest of the year, depending on which session, 1, 2 or 3 they started in:
Guest in Session 1: Pay at the beginning of Session 2: $70
Guest in Session 2: Pay at the beginning of Session 3: $40
Guest in Session 3: Pay at the beginning of Session 1 the next year: $110 (i.e. normal
No late payments:
All subs must be paid on time. The choir has to pay its bills on time, and it would be unfair to other choir members who do pay their subs on time if we were to tolerate some members not paying their subs on time.
Changes in subs:
Whilst we are very mindful of the need to keep membership subs as low as possible, we do have to review the amount of subs payable annually, as our costs do rise
every year just like everyone else's. Such sub increases are normally decided and announced in the 3rd session of a year, to take effect from the beginning of the following year.
There is normally no refund of subs available for members that leave part way through a year, but in cases of hardship, application may be made to the committee for consideration of a proportional refund of subs.