For Members

Welcome back to another great season!

Our goal is to perform at a professional level. Your audition and acceptance into the WCS imply a commitment on your part to attend rehearsals, learn the repertoire thoroughly, and sing the full complement of concerts for the year.

We rehearse Tuesday evenings 7:00–9:30 pm at the Music Conservatory of Westchester (MCW)

Address and contact information:

Westchester Choral Society
216 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606
Visit the Music Conservatory of Westchester website
for contact information, directions,
and weather related closures.

Occasionally we will have a Saturday morning rehearsal: this will be announced well in advance.

Download the Member Handbook

Any member not planning to sing a concert must notify the Music Director and Section Leader prior to the first rehearsal for the concert. Attendance at weekly rehearsals and dress rehearsals is required. Be sure to sign the attendance sheets at each rehearsal. Members may not be absent from more than 25% of rehearsals for a concert and may not miss a dress rehearsal (except for religious reasons). Section Leaders monitor attendance. Please inform your Section Leader in advance if you expect to miss a rehearsal. Obtain score markings announced at missed rehearsals from the master copy prior to rehearsal.

Practice With On-line CyberBass

If you would like to practice your voice-part on-line, please visit www.cyberbass.com, a website that has MIDI files of many choral works. There are separate files for each voice part that you can listen to with Windows Media Player. If you don't already have the player on your computer, it can be downloaded from Microsoft.

To access recordings of all rehearsals

  1. Go to ITunes, search for "Practice Makes Perfect" in Podcasts. Choose the one with a picture of a microphone on it to get our list of rehearsals - or -
  2. Use this link: www.buzzsprout.com/16637

Standard WCS Concert Attire

Sopranos & Altos: Black floor-length skirt; black long-sleeve, jewel-neck top; black shoes & stockings; strand of pearls (available from Harriet Fibel at $5.00). Variation: colorful scarves, tops

Tenors & Basses: Black tuxedo or black/dark gray suit; white dress-shirt & black bow tie; black dress-shoes & socks. Variation: black dress shirts

All: please, no perfume, cologne, etc.

Dues

$200 ($175 each for married couples) payable by check given to the Treasurer by October 4, 2016.
New Member Incentive:

*discount is for one year only.

Our policy is not to exclude anyone for financial reasons. Speak to one of the Presidents to make alternative arrangements (confidentiality will be respected).

Ticket Obligation

Each member is required to sell the equivalent of 4 regular-priced tickets to each of the 2016–17 concerts (6 tickets for married couples) to be paid for at least 2 weeks prior to the concert by check given to the Treasurer. Ticket sales cover a significant portion of our yearly costs, but more important, singing to a full house enhances the joyful musical connection between us and our audience—the reason we became members of WCS to begin with.

Parking

Use spaces in MCW lot, on Central Ave in front of the building, across Central Avenue in municipal facility, or in front part of Mavis behind MCW. Please don’t park at City Limits Diner.

Committees

Download a copy of our current committee organization

As a volunteer organization, we encourage each member to volunteer to lead or work on committees and attend the events that provide outreach to the community and financial sustenance to the WCS. We are able to exist only because of the generous contributions of our members’ time and talent. Please volunteer by contacting the President or the people listed in the column at the left.

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