Most fine children’s choirs require more than one rehearsal a week. We have managed—with individual practice and coaching sessions—to reach a high standard while having only one weekly rehearsal. To maintain and improve that standard, attendance at performances, rehearsals, coaching sessions and sectionals is required. A missed performance will count as 2 absences.
Upon the fourth absence during one semester from any combination of required attendances, the Manager will send a letter notifying the parents that their son’s membership has been placed on probation. Upon receipt of the letter, a meeting must be scheduled with the Director to make plans to bring the boy “up to speed.” If the plans are not carried out, or if the make-up efforts are not met, the boy’s continued membership in the Choir and participation in concerts and tours will be determined by the Board of Directors.
Individual choir members should not expect to be excused from rehearsal because they believe they have mastered their parts. As with players on an athletic team who know the techniques to play, there is a real need to perfect the collective skill of the team. To ensure the highest quality choir sound, boys are expected to rehearse with the Choir. We are what we do repeatedly—excellence is a habit, not an act.
Choristers are required to make up coaching absences with their Director. Parents must call the Choir Director or Manager before the next rehearsal.
Members of the Concert Choir are required to make up any absence from a rehearsal, sectional or coaching session by attending a 40-minute make-up session with the Director. Additional Make-Up Fees may be assessed at the discretion of the Director with the approval of the Board of Directors. These fees will be enforced when absences and make-ups are deemed to be excessive.
As leaders of a well-respected children’s performing group, we expect the best from the boys, and they give exactly that. The first rule is “you don’t have to like everyone, but you do have to respect their rights.” The boys must be polite at rehearsals, in host-family homes, on busses and airplanes—even on beaches. Wherever they go, they represent themselves, their families, their city/state/country, and the thousands of Albuquerque boys and men who for 70 years have made magic for audiences as members of this choir.
Disruptive, intolerant or abusive behavior—at any time, not just during rehearsals—is brought to the attention of the parents by the Prefect and is cause for dismissal if not controlled. Since these are select choirs, with membership by audition, any such dismissals are at the discretion of the Directors and Prefects and supported by the Board of Directors.