For Choristers

Rehearsal Time & Place

Bethel Presbyterian Church                   4135 Norrisville Road                      White Hall, MD 21161

Time:  Tuesdays, 7-9:00 p.m.

Locations and map directions for all rehearsals and events may be found on our Calendar of Events.

General Concert Season Overview

Concert seasons run from mid-September to mid-December culminating with our Winter Concert, and then from mid-January to mid-May to our Spring Concert.   Our concert year ends with a final end-of-year wrap-up pot luck dinner on the Tuesday following our Spring concert, during our normal rehearsal time.

2018 Spring Rehearsal Notes

How exciting to begin a new semester after such a successful winter concert!! All are to be congratulated for your hard work in preparation of challenging repertoire. I am so looking forward to studying this new collection of music which reflects the beauty and various genres of music by contemporary composers.  Our theme for the Spring is “The Music of Living” with Forrest’s Requiem the cornerstone of the program.  Learning files will be provided for home study, but nothing replaces being at rehearsals so PLEASE make Tuesdays 7-9 PM a priority in your scheduling. Emergencies do arise but please make an extra effort to be present. If ever weather is a question, an email will be sent out so please stay vigilant. When you are going to be absent, please inform Wayne and me so we will not worry. As in the past, once material is introduced, expect it to be reviewed often. Also, will call sectionals anytime if Wayne and I feel they are necessary. Always bring your DCC warm-ups to each rehearsal as well as hydration and a sharpened #2 pencil. Unless you are a new registrant, everyone should have a warm-up booklet. Time and paper are treasured as is the monumental effort of our librarian Donna Gotsch.  Please help make her labor of love as uncomplicated as possible.  Please be punctual, flexible and prepared when you enter our beautiful rehearsal space thanks to Bethel’s generosity.

2018 Rehearsal & Event Schedule
Rehearsal Schedule

January 16th, Welcome!!! Warm-ups, Viva la Musica!,  Music of Living Meas. 7-28; Blow Ye the Trumpet M. 3-27; My God is a Rock M. 10-29, pick up to 46-61; #5 Lux Aeterna 14-122.

January 23rd, Welcome! Warm-ups; Music of Living M. 30-54; Finish Blow Ye the Trumpet; #4 Sanctus M. 106-170; #2 Vanitas M. 85-112, 137-163.

 January 30th, Warm-ups, Music of Living M. 55 to end; Sanctus Pick up 58-117; Vanitas 21-83.

February 6th, God is a Rock M. 30-45; 61-80; Sanctus 10-57; Vanitas 118-136; 164 to end.

February 13th, God is a Rock M. 81 to end; Introit/Kyrie entire movement.

February 18th, 3PM Chamber Choir in concert at St. James, Monkton.

February 20th, Will There Really be a Morning? M. 1-18; Agnus Dei entire movement.

February 24th, 6PM An Evening to Inform and Inspire at the Hunt Valley Country Club

February 27th, 7-9:15; Guest clinician Anthony Blake Clark will work on the octavi with special attention to My God is a Rock and finishing Will There Really be a Morning.

March 6th, Run the Requiem making notes of problem spots.

March 13th, Run the Requiem.

March 19th, 8PM Carnegie Hall concert

March 20th, No rehearsal.

March 27th, Omnia Sol and other octavi.

April 3rd, Snow day make-up day if necessary

April 10th, 17, 24 Review rehearsals.

May 1st, No Rehearsal. DCYC concert at Bethel.

May 3rd, 7-9 PM Rehearsal with Z. Randall Stroope at Bethel.

May 4th, 7-9:30 PM Rehearsal with Stroope and Handel Choir at Towson Unitarian Church, Dulaney Valley Road.

May 5th, 10 AM -1 PM, Dress rehearsal at North Harford Performing Arts Center

May 6th, 2:30 PM call, 4 PM concert.

May 8th, 6 PM Membership Annual Meeting and Dinner at Bethel.

Once again, thank you for your dedication to the DCC organization and I look forward to another great season starting September 18, 2018.

Musically yours,


Concert Attire Guidelines

Performance Attire is the sole responsibility of each member and includes two acceptable forms of formal concert dress: a tuxedo or the performance gown:

Tuxedo – Formal black tuxedo with a white shirt, black bow tie, cummerbund or vest, and black dress shoes (shined).

Performance Gown – Formal DCC performance gown to be purchased by each chorister.  Contact Melissa Dick at 410-557-3221 or by email at  Gowns must be hemmed (a rolled hem) to fit at the top of the shoe.  Choir member Cris Martin (alto) is the “dress liaison” between rehearsal and the office and is happy to answer any questions.

Plain, conservative black shoes (small heel or flats).  Jewelry should be discreet (i.e. small strand of pearls and small earrings). No glitter, jewels, or any color in concert attire unless specifically approved in advanced of performance date.

Note:  In consideration of various singers’ allergies and respiratory reactions to fragrances, we request that you do not use perfumes, colognes, or other scented items.

Concert Music Portfolios

Each chorister is asked to use a black music portfolio with music arranged in order for each concert.  Portfolios may be purchased through DCC on-line purchasing with our Amazon link or at selected music stores.

Concert Call Times

Choristers are expected to report approximately 1 1/2 – 2 hours prior to the start time of concerts.  This is necessary for sound checks, acoustic adjustments, and final rehearsals, and we must be finished and out of the performance space 1/2 hour before the start time to allow seating of guests. Specific call times will be announced for each concert.