Manly Warringah Choir is a community choir. Whilst we welcome new members, there is a limit to the number of choristers that can be safely accommodated on the staging in the Cardinal Cerretti Chapel and other local venues. Prospective members are invited to sing with the Choir for a trial period of two to three weeks. On conclusion of the trial period, the prospective member may, after discussion with the appropriate Voice Representative, apply to join the Choir as a full Member.
As at June 2021, there are a few vacancies for Tenors and Basses but regretfully no vacancies for Sopranos and Altos.
There are no formal auditions. However, In order to maintain the Choir’s high standard of performance, we expect members to be able to follow a musical score and to be able to tune in to and hold the pitch of a note given by the conductor.
Rehearsals are held each Thursday evening at Collaroy Plateau Public School. Members are expected to attend a minimum of two-thirds of rehearsals before each concert, in order to maintain the Choir’s high standard of performance. Members who find themselves unable to attend a rehearsal, please let your Voice Representative or the Secretary know in advance. A member who finds themselves unable to meet this requirement for a particular concert should in the first instance discuss their situation with their Voice Representative.
Members will be asked by the Musical Director from time to time to study sections of the music between rehearsals. There are free study aids on the internet, such as Chordperfect and Cyberbass. CD’s of individual voice parts may also be available.
The Annual Membership Fee, payable in February each year, is $90.00, and for Pensioners (but not Seniors) $70.00. In 2016 we started a system of paying through the Trybooking ticketing system. If you would rather pay by cheque, please see Michael Wille. Details for Membership Fees in 2020 will be published here in due course.
Rehearsal costs are covered by a Weekly Fee of $8.00. Please note that members are asked to pay this fee for all rehearsals, whether or not they attend, as the same costs (professional fees, room hire etc) are incurred irrespective of numbers present. This fee may be paid as a lump sum at the start of each term.
On joining the Choir, a member pays a Music Bond of $30.00, covering possible loss of or damage to hired music. The Bond is refunded when the member leaves the Choir.
Voice Representatives for 2021 are:
- Pam Lewis (Sopranos)
- Judy Williams (Altos)
- Joe Micali (Tenors)
- Richard Griffiths (Basses)
We sincerely hope that you gain considerable enjoyment and satisfaction from singing with the Manly Warringah Choir. If you have any queries or concerns, then please do not hesitate to speak to your Voice Representative or a member of the Committee.
Similarly, if you have suggestions for future programmes, or for ways of improving the Choir’s organisation, then please do say something, either to your Voice Representative or to any member of the Committee.