An Open Letter to the Pemi Choral Community from Board President Ann Nichols, September 3, 2020:
Dear Pemi Choral Community,
Welcome to a fall semester tailored to our new reality! We all miss singing together in person, but we don’t have to miss singing completely. Our Director, Will Gunn, has selected several pieces of music that we will rehearse together, via Zoom, this fall. Sopranos and Altos will work on Come in From Firefly of Darkness and Tenors and Baritone/Basses will work on How Can I Keep From Singing. All voices will rehearse I Am in Need of Music by David Brunner. The objective will be to enjoy the music now, and perhaps sing the pieces at a concert in the future when we can perform together in front of a live audience again.
Rehearsals beginMonday, September 14 and will continue on Monday nights until early December. In addition to vocalizing, singing rounds and working on the pieces listed above, we have a chance to re-connect, to check in with one another and have some fun as well.
Zoom rehearsals for Sopranos and Altos will be from 7:00-7:45 pm and Tenors and Basses from 8:00-8:45 pm each Monday evening this fall. There will be time for section members to chat after rehearsal.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the rehearsal.
Once you register, go to www.pemichoral.org and click on the “Fall 2020” link. There you can download PDFs of the music used in rehearsal. Note that you will need this password: watchthedirector
Normally, we would have a $50 membership fee. While we will still have some music licensing and salary expenses, we are making the membership fee voluntary given that we know the pandemic has created economic difficulties for some. For those of you who can pay the fee, we welcome your contribution in order to help cover costs and to support the Pemi Choral into the future. Please send your checks to: Pemi Choral Society, P.O. Box 115, Plymouth, NH 03264.
We would also like to extend an opportunity to other members of our community who want to join us, so we are asking you to think of friends who might want to sing with us this fall. Please direct them to the website www.pemichoral.org for details or have them register directly as indicated above.
Will, your Board and I look forward to sharing community and music with you this fall.
GENERAL REHEARSAL SCHEDULE MONDAY EVENINGS (Please note this schedule refers to pre-pandemic, in-person rehearsals. Hopefully we can get back to this soon!) Sectional Rehearsals 6:30-7:00pm - optional but highly recommended in PSU Silver Center for the Arts, 114 Main Street in Plymouth
Tenor/Bass/Baritone - Silver Room #131
Alto/Soprano - Choral Room #122
Full Choir Rehearsal 7:00pm-9:00pm in Choral Room #122
MISSING REHEARSALS Regular attendance at rehearsals is very important. There are times, however, when attendance is just not possible. Pemi policy, as set by the board, allows for no more than three missed rehearsals in any term. Any more than that, the singer must get a waiver from the board.
CONCERT ATTIRE The Pemigewasset Choral Society requires strict compliance to concert attire in order to maintain a uniform and professional presentation. There should be no distraction to the audience by individual appearances. Members should respect the effort made by all other members adhering to the code. Questions about concert attire can be addressed to the Wardrobe Manager or a board member well before the concert.
Modest, elegant black, floor-length skirt or dress. The hem should be two to three inches from the floor with shoes on. Black slacks may be worn for positions in rows two to the back. Plain black belt, if used. Members standing in the front row must wear black, floor-length skirts.
Black hose and black shoes should be worn. No open toes, colored or metallic trim.
Modest black blouse or top with three quarter length or long sleeves. Top must be worn tucked into waistband, or untucked if it is neatly hemmed to be worn as such. No turtle necks, patterns, bling or colored trim. Blouse should have sleeves below the elbow or should be worn with a black jacket/sweater that is long sleeved. Off shoulder styles are not permitted. Neither should cleavage or bare belly be shown.
Small earrings may be worn but they must not hang below the earlobe.
No necklaces, purses, hats, hair bows or colored hair decorations.
Scarves will be provided and should be worn as designated.
Black trousers and plain black belt if used. No suspenders.
Black socks and black shoes. No open toes, colored or metallic trim.
FALL CONCERT - White long-sleeved dress shirt. Red bow-tie will be provided.
SPRING CONCERT 2019 - White long-sleeved dress shirt. Black bow-tie.
SPRING CONCERT (past years)– Bold jewel-toned long sleeved dress shirt. No knits, jersey, turtle necks, patterns or colored trim. Suggested colors: red orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. No black, white, beige or metallic. Wear bright, strong solid colors, not pastels. Black bow tie will be provided.
No gum chewing during concert performance.
Due to allergic reactions, no fragrances should be worn during rehearsals or concerts. These include perfume, cologne, after shave, scented hair spray, scented deodorant, etc.
Visible body piercings should be covered or removed. Rings and medical alerts may be worn.
Water bottles must be left in the dressing room during concerts.
Watch alarms, cell phones, and pagers must be turned off.
Music folders should be held down in the left hand when entering/leaving the stage.