2. Perform — Perfect Practice makes Perfectly Permanent
3. Be prepared
Be at every rehearsal or performance
Be on time and ready to start by the call time for every meeting or gig.
Know music and choreography 100%
Help set up and tear down the rehearsal venue as needed.
4. Make no excuses
Be at rehearsal and go all out 100% even if you’ve had a long tiring day. No excuses. You are needed!
Give your best no matter your body or voice getting tired during the rehearsal. No excuses.
Work through sickness and health issues.
5. Talk only during breaks
When performance stops, stand quietly, listen attentively, and be respectful by saving discussion for later.
Wait until breaks to repeat or re-state anything has been said by the director to your section.
Trust that the director or other leadership out front is digesting what is being performed and will continuously prioritize what needs to be fixed at any given time during a rehearsal. Members should learn that this is NOT YOUR ROLE WHILE STANDING ON THE RISERS and doing so GREATLY INTERRUPTS REHEARSAL.
Save what you personally think needs to be fixed for a break in rehearsal. Then….share it with your section leader in person, not to the whole chorus.
If needed, kindly remind “talkers and interjectors” on the risers about our desire to stay focused. Correct them without talking yourself (the sound of “shhhh” is just as disrupting).
Control your own “witty” comments, “interjections” “comedic moments in the spotlight”, and other “shout-outs”. Save them for breaks.
6. Be ready to perform when the leader out front is ready
Be in the right spot we are rehearsing.
When we stop, you should assume we will start performing at the same place we just sang.
Pitch is typically blown as soon as the director stops talking, without waiting for the director to ask for it.
7. Give full attention all spoken direction given
Don’t be a distraction to what is happening out front. It may not apply to you, but your talking is inhibiting someone else from improving. Hence, you hurt the group either way.
Look at the person who is speaking to you.
Don’t move around in distracting manner during instruction.
Don’t get up and leave the risers for water or other needs until the speaker out front is finished (emergencies are the exception)
8. Transition to and from breaks/sectionals quickly and on time
9. DO NOT USE CELL PHONES on the risers
Do not answer cell phone calls or texts while on the risers.
Do not leave the risers to answer a call or text unless an emergency arises..
Do not listen to music, watch videos, make phone, or send text messages while on the risers. Turn them off.
Give your fellow singers the time you have committed to without interruptions.
Obviously there are times of exception. Please share them with your section leader and/or the director (i.e. wife about to give birth, and you need to be ready for the call.
10. Be respectful and kind to each other and the rehearsal facility
Treating each other with the same respect and kindness you expect as a member of the KVU.
Avoiding inappropriate discussion or language that would be offensive to anyone in the room (guests or on the risers)
Throwing away water bottles and trash after rehearsal
Keeping the venue clean during rehearsal (pick up after yourself)