The PVS Chorus doesn’t have a long list of “rules and regulations” for its members, but we do have a few policies that have been established over time to help us function as an integrated and well-prepared chorus. Here are important ones for you to note.
Like most singing groups, the PVS Chorus has a uniform for our performances. Unlike most other groups, our uniform allows for individual expression and comfort. For all performances singers should wear black pants or skirts (knee length or longer preferred), black tights or socks, black shoes, and either a black or white top (longer sleeves preferred). Occasionally singers are also asked to wear a colorful accent (such as a scarf or tie) that fits the concert theme.
Out of consideration for our fellow chorus members, we ask that you do not wear any strong scents to our rehearsals or performances. Unscented deodorants and body products are fine, but please no scented deodorants, perfumes, hairspray or hand cream.
Rehearsals and Attendance
Regular rehearsals are held on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 at the Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley. Generally during the week of a given concert we also rehearsal on Wednesday night with the orchestra and Maestro Paul Phillips during their regular rehearsal time, and we will have a dress rehearsal with the orchestra on either Thursday or Friday. The Tuesday and Wednesday rehearsals are usually in the regular rehearsal venue with dress rehearsal in the performance venue, although this is subject to change. Details about time and place for performances and rehearsals are in the “members” section of the website.
Rehearsals are fun and a time to socialize and get to know our fellow singers, but rehearsals are also critical work times. Attendance of singers at all rehearsals is vitally important, since Jonathan needs to monitor the overall sound of voices, assign parts for divisi sections, and listen for sections that need additional work. Every singer is important! As a general rule, singers should miss no more than one rehearsal in a short concert cycle or three rehearsals in a long cycle (This fall term we have two short concert cycles, and in the spring we have one long cycle). If it’s necessary to miss a rehearsal, please contact your Section Leader in advance. If you have unusual circumstances that affect your attendance, you should consult with Jonathan.
We pride ourselves on performing a varied and challenging repertoire. To do so well means using our limited rehearsal time efficiently and effectively. We ask our members to commit not only their love of music and their musical skills to singing in the Chorus, but also to practice the music outside of the rehearsal period. Each week Jonathan provides us with an outline of the work to be covered the next week, and he provides us with resources to facilitate outside practice. We hope you will take this part of your commitment to the organization seriously so that we can make beautiful music during rehearsal as well as in performance.
New England weather occasionally requires us to cancel rehearsal. Notification of such cancellations are sent out directly to your e-mail, posted on the PVS website, on the PVS Facebook page, and in a message left on the PVS office line (413/773-3664).
Membership dues from chorus members cover the cost of music and contribute to the PVS organization’s operating expenses, including rehearsal space rental, accompanist fees, and director’s salary. Suggested dues for the 20162017 season are $80/semester ($40 students) or $20 monthly ($10 students). Singers are encouraged to pay what they can; if you are able to, consider contributing extra to help out those who cannot afford the suggested amount. Chorus members can also contribute to PVS by volunteering for the organization. If you are new to the chorus, recruited a new member this semester, or if multiple members of your family sing with us, you are welcome to reduce your monetary contribution by $15.
In addition to the Director, the PVS Chorus is managed by a committee of elected members including a Chorus President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer/Librarian, Membership Chair, Stage Manager, Ticket Sales/Fundraising Chair, a Board Liaison who also sits of the PVS Board of Directors, and a Social Chair(s) who leads a subcommittee to plan social events and create a feeling of community among chorus members. The chorus also has Section Leaders who monitor attendance, field questions, remind singers about important information and help with musical instruction when appropriate. Suggestions or questions about any of these areas are welcome and choristers are encouraged to become a part of the committee when elections are held in the spring. Chorus members are also encouraged to become involved in the many volunteer activities associated with the larger PVS organization.
2016-17 Chorus Concerts:
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 3:00pm
PVS CHORUS CONCERT
- Zion’s Walls – Aaron Copland
- Zigeunerleben, Op. 29, No. 3 – Robert Schumann
- Crossing the Bar – Gwyneth Walker
- “The voice out of the whirlwind” from Job, a masque for dancing – Ralph Vaughan Williams
- This is the record of John – Orlando Gibbons
- Mirjams Siegesgesang – Franz Schubert
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:00pm
PVS HOLIDAY CONCERT
Greenfield High School
- African Noel – arr. Andre Thomas
- Many Moods of Christmas, Suite 1 – arr. Robert Shaw and Robert Russell Bennett
- “Al Naharot Baveil” from Generations – An Oratorio – Lucas Richman
- “Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah -George Fredric Handel
- White Christmas – Irving Berlin
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 7:30pm
UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center
- Elijah – Felix Mendelssohn