POCONO CONCERT CHORALE MEMBERSHIP & AUDITION INFORMATION

Fall semester - General info
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Now beginning its fourth season, Pocono Concert Chorale seeks qualified sopranos, tenors and basses for 2019-2020. Founded by James Maroney, Pocono Concert Chorale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide area singers the opportunity to perform great choral music for the community.

 

Singers, especially men, are welcome to attend “open house” rehearsals of the Pocono Concert Chorale

on Tuesday, Sept 3 and 10, 7-9pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Stroudsburg on Main St.

 

Under the direction of Dr. James Maroney, the group will begin rehearsals for its Fall concert.

 

The Pocono Concert Chorale is an auditioned ensemble dedicated to quality public performances

of outstanding choral music.

 

For further information, go to www.poconoconcertchorale.org or contact Dr. Maroney at jamaroney@aol.com.

 

WHEN/WHERE ARE THE REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES?

Pocono Concert Chorale gives two concerts each season: the first Sunday after Thanksgiving weekend and the last Sunday in April, both at 2:30 pm. Weekly rehearsals take place Tuesdays 7-9 pm starting the day after Labor Day. The December 2019 concert features music by contemporary female composers as well as distinctive seasonal arrangements; the April 2020 concert will showcase Brahms’ choral masterwork, Requiem. Rehearsals and concerts are held at First Presbyterian Church Stroudsburg.

 

AUDITIONS

Membership is through a brief, private audition session with the conductor, done in a friendly and informal manner to help minimize “nerves.” Auditions take place in one of two ways:


1) You may schedule your audition for some time in August. This is preferred, as it can be done in a more relaxed setting.
2) You can attend one of PCC’s two “open house” rehearsals on September 3 and 10, and audition immediately afterward.


In the audition you will sing various musical exercises of Dr. Maroney’s choice to assess your pitch range and accuracy, tone color, voice classification, and music reading. A brief unaccompanied song of your choice is welcome but not required.


Contact Dr. Maroney at jamaroney@aol.com for an appointment or for further information. Please note that membership is based on singing ability and achieving good sectional balances within the group.

 

COMMITMENT

Continuous membership is essential to the success and growth of the group: all members are expected to participate every semester. A member who will be absent for one semester must notify both the Conductor and the President. A former member absent for two or more semesters who wishes to return must secure approval from the Conductor, who may request an audition.

 

MEMBERSHIP DUES & FUNDRAISING

Like all other independent community choirs, proceeds from our concerts covers only a portion of Pocono Concert Chorale’s core operating expenses. We rely on membership dues ($40 per half-year) as well as revenue from various fundraising projects (securing concert program ads, special performances, etc.) in which all members are expected to participate. Financial assistance for membership dues is available to those in need, particularly college students.

 

ATTENDANCE

For the Pocono Concert Chorale to give quality musical performances, it is imperative that every member attend as many rehearsals as possible. The maximum number of rehearsal absences may not exceed three for each concert under any circumstance. A member who has exceeded the absence limit is welcome to rejoin the group the next semester, contingent upon payment of dues.

 

MUSIC

Each member purchases his/her music. When possible, costs will be kept to a minimum by Pocono Concert

Chorale borrowing music from local sources and photocopying works if they are in the public domain. Any

music that must be purchased will be done in bulk via Pocono Concert Chorale in order to secure discounted prices.

 

CONCERT ATTIRE

Women: All black - Dresses or skirts are preferred, but dress pants are acceptable. No leggings, yoga pants, or jeans.
Men: White shirt; Black suit, black shoes and long black tie.

 

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