Membership Information and Contract

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Mission Statement
The Deer Creek Chorale was established to provide an opportunity for choral artistry, community service, and personal enrichment. The Chorale seeks to develop the potential of singers at all levels of experience.

Objectives
To support our mission, the Deer Creek Chorale will:

  • Invite interested mature singers of all generations (15 yr. or older) to join without audition.
  • Meet weekly during the season for rehearsals to learn and polish the techniques of choral singing.
  • Sing repertoire from a wide variety of cultures, periods, and styles.
  • Provide opportunities to work with renown and accomplished choir directors from around the world.
  • Present two concerts per season, with additional optional performances.
  • Contribute to the general welfare of our local and global community.
  • Build camaraderie and community within the Chorale.
  • Pursue excellence in all of the above.

Member Commitment
Each member commits to:

  • Uphold the mission and musical standards of the Deer Creek Chorale.
  • Read and comply with membership expectations.
  • Attend rehearsals regularly as scheduled, complying with established expectations.
  • Publicize performances and encourage family, friends, and neighbors to attend and/or support the Chorale.
  • Strive to maintain and improve his/her own vocal capabilities.
  • Pay membership dues and music costs in full by established due date(s).
  • Participate meaningfully in the officially adopted community service projects.
  • Discuss any concerns with Deer Creek Chorale board members and leaders.

Deer Creek Chorale Commitment
The Chorale commits that it will:

  • Provide a complete schedule of rehearsals and performances before each season.
  • Begin and end weekly rehearsals on time as scheduled.
  • Provide thoroughly prepared and professional choral direction and accompaniment, including guest conductors and professional instrumentalists.
  • Provide coaching and instruction from renown and accomplished guest choral directors.
  • Program the very best of choral literature.
  • Provide additional opportunities to perform according to interest, ability, and availability.
  • Provide opportunities to participate in service projects that will benefit local and global communities.
  • Provide full disclosure of Chorale income and expenses, as well as opportunities to be involved with decision-making in the organization.

Season
Each season of the Deer Creek Chorale consists of 2 semesters, with weekly rehearsals and a culminating public concert for each. Semesters generally run from late September through early December, and late January through early May.

Rehearsal Expectations
For each rehearsal, members are expected to:

  • Comply with established attendance policies.
  • Bring music placed in a binder or choral folder, in announced order.
  • Bring a pencil for notes and water for hydration.
  • Be attentive and mentally engaged. Reserve conversation and socializing for other appropriate times.
  • Practice the music as assigned, taking advantage of the online learning aids as provided.

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To Join:

  • On-Line here:  Complete the Membership Application form in the box on the right side of this page and submit it with required fees using PayPal through this website     OR
  • By Mail:  Read the Membership Information and Contract above and then download the Membership Application Form, complete it, and send it with the required fees by mail to:  Treasurer, Deer Creek Chorale, P.O. Box 1302, Bel Air, MD. 21014.  Registrations should be received by August 15th to insure that music is available in time for the first rehearsal.
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Attendance Policies

  • Attend each rehearsal or sectional as scheduled.
  • Arrive on time. If late, join the rehearsal quietly without interruption.
  • Notify the director, assistant director, or other designee before the rehearsal when attendance is not possible.
  • If a rehearsal is missed, it is the responsibility of the member to find out what was missed and make-up for the absence as much as possible.
  • Consult with the director or designee if absent for more than 2 rehearsals in any semester.

Performance Attire
This is the sole responsibility of each member and is as follows.

Men – Formal black: tuxedo preferred, white shirt, black bow tie, cummerbund or vest, black shoes.
Women – Formal DCC performance gowns, purchased by each chorister.  Approximate purchase price is $88.  Contact alto Cris Martin to order.   Jewelry should be discreet, e.g. small strand of pearls and small earrings. Please no glitter, jewels, or any color in concert attire unless specifically approved.

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

Membership Dues
Each member is responsible for paying the annual dues and music costs no later than the second rehearsal of the season.  The dues for the 2015-2016 season is $110.00.  The music cost is $37.  Where a single payment of dues is a hardship, a payment schedule can be worked out with the treasurer. Also, student scholarships for dues are available by application. Adult financial assistance is available on a need-only, case-by-case basis by contacting the DCC Treasurer.  All scholarship and financial assistance information is kept confidential. Membership dues are nonrefundable.

DCC Chamber Choir
This is a small A Capella ensemble is made up of members of the Deer Creek Chorale by invitation only. In addition to being a regular part of the Winter and Spring Concerts, they also perform throughout the year at various other venues in the community.

Soloist/Chamber Choir Selection
At the discretion of the director, soloists and members of the Chamber Choir may be selected from the choir membership by appointment or audition. At times, soloists may also be hired from outside the choir membership. In addition to those expectations set forth in this contract, requirements for both soloists and members of the Chamber Choir include excellent vocal ability, quality of vocal tone, and ability to commit to and fulfill the additional responsibilities.

Communication
The DCC website has a designated For Choristers page where all necessary information is available and updated.  Additional communication is done through email (including regular notices from the Director), as well as through our newsletter, The Chorister.  Members are asked to “Like” the DCC Facebook page as well.

Deer Creek Chorale Governance
The Deer Creek Chorale is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors as laid out in the organization’s constitution and by-laws (available on the DCC website). The Board along with the Artistic Director govern all activities of the Chorale.

Annual Fund Campaign
Members are encouraged to participate in the Annual Fund Campaign to the extent that they are able.  Our goal is to attain 100% participation in the campaign, as this has a positive impact on our grant submissions and appeals to other donors.

Service and Charity Outreach
An important part of the Deer Creek Chorale experience is service to the community both locally and globally.  This part of our mission typically is carried out in partnership with various philanthropic partner organizations.  In the past we have supported such efforts as Habitat for Humanity, Project C.U.R.E. Kits for Kids, Camp Sunrise, St. John’s Episcopal Church’s aid for Haiti, the Good Samaritan Home in Sri Lanka, Central Asia Institute, and the Harford Center for the Arts. Members are asked to support these efforts to help those in need.

Photo Release
From time to time, photos/videos are taken of performances, rehearsals, and other activities. By signing this membership contract you hereby give consent that requested or provided photos or video footage where you are involved may be used exclusively for promotional purposes for the Deer Creek Chorale, including internet website, video presentations, television advertising, and printed publications.