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.

Winter 2017 Rehearsal Notes

Welcome to the first semester of the DCC’s winter season.  We have LOTS of music to learn so I hope everyone will stick to this schedule and constantly review as we go along. Tuesday evenings 7-9 p.m. must be a priority!!  Once material is introduced, it is your responsibility to put it in your wheelhouse. We will use every minute of rehearsal time and when possible, will go back over things already introduced. We will run pieces as often as possible. Clinician Terry Eberhardt TBS.  Please bring water, sharpened pencil, and music in order to every rehearsal.  If you are going to be absent, please inform Wayne and Marty.  Learning Files will be provided!  USE THEM!

Fall 2017 Rehearsal & Event Schedule
Fall Concert

December 3rd – An American Christmas overview

2:30Arrival Time

4:00 – Concert

First Half:

Processional with Deer Creek Youth Choir singing Over the River and Through the Woods

Carol Fantasy with the Deer Creek Youth Choir accompanied by the piano

Rejoice! accompanied by the organ

Deer Creek Youth Choir

Twelve Days of Christmas

Second Half:

An American Christmas accompanied by the organ

Chamber Choir selections

Twas the Night Before Christmas with the Deer Creek Youth Choir accompanied by the piano

Walk in the Light with the Deer Creek Youth Choir accompanied by the piano

Rehearsal Schedule

September 19: Welcome, Introductions, Warm-ups; Viva la Musica!; Processional; Rejoice! 16-22; Stroppe’s Amerian Christmas 29-31; view documentary if time allows.

September 26: Warm-ups; Carol Fantasy 8-12; 12 Days of Christmas mm. 1-70; Rejoice! 31-35; Stroope’s An American Christmas 6-11.

October 3: Warm-ups; Sectionals – Carol Fantasy women 6-7 and men 2-3; all parts Rejoice! 3-14; Stroope’s An American Christmas 12-17.

October 10:  Warm-ups (Viva la Musica!); Rejoice! 35-39; Stroope’s An American Christmas 3-6; ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas 1-17.

October 17:  Warm-ups; Sectionsal – 12 Days of Christmas mm. 74-187; Stroope’s An American Christmas 24-28.

October 24: Warm-ups; finish and put together 12 Days of Christmas; review other materials as time allows.

October 31:  BOO! Harvest Party – please be sure to sign-up with Mary Sue if you can bring treats or volunteer to help; Warm-ups; Rejoice! 3-8; Stroope’s An American Christmas 18-21; ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas 18-22; solo auditions will be as follows:

Soprano – Stroope p. 19; p.22

Alto – ‘Twas the Night p. 19-20

Tenor – ‘Twas the Night p. 23-25

Tenor or Bass – ‘Twas the Night p. 11-15

Baritone – Stroope p. 13; p. 17

November 7: Special guest clinician Anthony Blake Clark, new artistic director of the Baltimore Choral Arts.  He will be delving into the 12 Days of Christmas and Rejoice!  Plan ahead and DO NOT BE ABSENT!

November 14: Rehearsal with DCYC from 7:00-7:45 p.m.  Must be efficient with our rehearsal time!  They will be joining us for the Processional, Carol Fantasy, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas  Sectionals if needed.  This rehearsal may go until 9:30 p.m. if we need the extra rehearsal time.

November 21: REVIEW !!!!  Sectionals if needed.  Please remember to bring Requiem for the Living score.

November 28:  Dress rehearsal at St. Matthew Lutheran Church 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

December 3:  Concert at 4:00 p.m.  Please be sure to report no later than 2:30 p.m.


As you can see, this is a very tight schedule. If we were to have a rehearsal canceled due to inclement weather, rehearsals would be until 9:15.

Thank you for your hard work and what a glorious experience we are all in store for!  Let’s make our rehearsal time truly intense, challenging, productive and musically fun.



Concert Protocols 
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.