Sing with the Chorale
Everything you need to know about being part of the choir and participating in rehearsals and concerts
To join the Chorale, first contact the membership secretary, who will confirm your attendance and arrange your copies of the music.
We hold rehearsals most weeks of the year, with three sessions that culminate in performances angled around May, August and November.
In the spirit of keeping singing open to all, we do not audition. A reasonable level of musical literacy is needed as most works are performed from scores, with a select few being committed to memory. To this end, previous choral experience is an advantage.
To get a feel for the style and pace of rehearsals, newcomers can come along to try out the choir during the first four weeks of a session, after which the music director will invite them to participate in the rest of the session and its concert as guest singers. (Newcomers are still welcome to attend any four weeks of rehearsals from the fifth week onward, but are unlikely to sing in the concert.)
After a concert, guest singers are invited to join as members and participate in all concerts, including public and incidental/holiday performances.
Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings, 7:30pm-9:30pm at St Paul's Church, on the corner of Langdale Ave and Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu. These evening rehearsals are mostly held in the Hall, but sometimes in the Church. Each session includes 2-3 Saturday rehearsals which run from 9:30am-12:30pm.
Subscriptions are due by the end of the fourth rehearsal of each session. For bookkeeping and budgeting, we need these to be paid on time.
Subscriptions can be paid
via internet banking to account number 11-7255-0120129-11.
This is the preferred method. Please ensure your name is included in the reference box.
Single session: $85.00
All rehearsals and concert for one session.
Essential expenses including rehearsal hall hire, membership fees to the NZCF and Charities Commission, and reimbursements to the accompanist and music director are covered by subscription fees so it is appreciated if these are paid promptly. Income from ticket sales normally covers most of the concert-specific costs such as soloist fees, music hire, venue fees, tickets, printing, and advertising; but is insufficient to cover the essentials.
☝ Compassionate consideration is offered at the committee's discretion. If you have concerns about meeting the financial commitment, please speak to any committee member.
Look after your music
To remain in good stead with the music libraries, we must take care of the material loaned to us and return it on time, in good condition, in its entirety. The Chorale is unable to shoulder the cost for lost scores, damaged scores, and late returns, therefore individual singers are liable for these penalties.
When you receive your copies, inspect them and report any damage or issues to the librarian, who will note these before they are used.
🛑 Use only 2B (or softer) pencils for marking scores. No highlighters, no sharpies, no permanent markers.
When erasing, be careful not to rub too hard as ink may also come away on some older scores.
At the end of a concert, remove remaining marks from your scores, then return them to the boxes provided. If there are marks you cannot remove yourself, simply let the librarian know—it is most important that the material is returned on time.
If you withdraw part way through a session, you must arrange to return the scores to the librarian.
👉 Scores with numbered stickers are expected to be returned by the end of the session—this includes photocopies, as they are reproduced with permission. Other looseleaf handouts may be kept for personal study.
The Chorale's constitution document unifies and formalises our code of conduct, rules and policies.
View and download here:
Concert dress code
Women: Teal shirt with collar and three-quarter length sleeves worn outside the waistband. (Shirts can be obtained through the Chorale.) Black skirt with black stockings, or dress trousers.
Men: Black open-neck shirt. Dark trousers. Black dress shoes with black socks.
No perfumes, minimal jewellery.
Remember, you're not dressed without a smile! 😁
The Chorale, as an Incorporated Society, holds Annual General Meetings nominally in March each year. Annual reports from the President and Music Director summarising the efforts over the previous 12 months are presented at each AGM. All of these reports since 2012 can be found in the document below.