ELIGIBILITY: I understand that, in order to participate in the Concert Choir, I must concurrently enroll in at least four months of curricular choir or private voice lessons (or an equivalent activity, as approved by the Concert Choir director). I also understand that if, for whatever reason, I do NOT fulfill this obligation, I will be ineligible to perform and/or go on tour.
ATTENDANCE: Members of the American Heritage Youth Chorus Concert Choir are expected to attend all required rehearsals and performances. Permission to miss, arrive late, or leave early from a rehearsal should be obtained by the director. Students are allowed to miss a maximum of TWO REHEARSALS per semester (September-December or January-May). Coming late or leaving early will count against your overall attendance. If students need to miss more than two rehearsals per semester, they must attend a help session to clear their absence. Help sessions are generally held twice a month. This flexible but firm attendance policy is designed to help student be able to participate in the choir, even if they are involved in other extra-curricular activities. Check the online calendar for scheduled help session dates and times. The following are NOT considered valid reasons for excessive absence from rehearsals: sports practice (even if the season has not started yet — please plan ahead!), play practice, school projects or homework. Please plan accordingly in order to honor your commitment to the choir. CHOIR MEMBERS WHO DROP OUT BEFORE THE END OF MAY WILL BE RESPONSIBLE TO PAY THE FULL AMOUNT OF TUITION FOR THE YEAR.
PREPARATION: Members of the Concert Choir will be required to complete weekly at-home practice assignments. On average, students should plan on practicing their music about 10 minutes per day. All choir members will be given an at-home practice CD to aid them in their practice. Students who habitually fail to complete at-home practice assignments will be placed on probation and will not be allowed to perform with the group until they have “passed off” their music to the director in a private session (additional fee may apply). This opportunity may be granted or denied at the director’s discretion.
REHEARSAL DRESS: Students are not required to wear the School uniforms as outlined in the American Heritage School Uniform Policy; however, students will be expected to dress modestly at all times. “Immodest” clothing includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and other revealing attire. Young women should wear clothing that covers the shoulder and avoid clothing that is low-cut in the front or the back or revealing in any other manner. Young men should also maintain modesty in their appearance. All should avoid extremes in clothing, appearance, and hairstyle. Always be neat and clean and avoid being sloppy or inappropriately casual in dress, grooming, and manners. Directors may ask choir members to make changes to their dress and appearance in order to participate in rehearsals.
STANDARDS OF CONDUCT: Students and parents are expected to be respectful of all choir members and directors at all times. This means coming to rehearsals prepared, on time, and being willing to help other students to be better musicians. All parents and members of the American Heritage Youth Chorus will be expected to conduct themselves on and off the School premises in accordance with the following standards: • Use good manners and polite speech. Use of profanity or other vulgar or offensive language will result in dismissal. • Treat all students and adults with respect. • Be honest and truthful in all dealings. • Accept corrections respectfully. • Display a good and positive attitude.
USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES: Students of the American Heritage Youth Chorus must remain in designated choir rehearsal and performance areas at all times. Choir members should not be in any unsupervised areas of the building including the second and third floors, the library, elevators, classrooms, etc. Parents are welcome to attend rehearsal with children. Any children who are not enrolled in the School or Youth Chorus must be supervised by an adult at all times. Food is not permitted in the building except in designated lunch areas.
TUITION AND FEES: Tuition for the Concert Choir is $405 per year. Sheet music, practice CDs, and other required materials are included in the cost of tuition. Concert Choir members must also plan to pay anywhere from $80-$100 for the purchase of required concert attire. Concert Choir members who are participating on the 2017 tour are responsible for the full cost (less than $1500). Limited fundraising opportunities may be provided by the Youth Chorus and/or the American Heritage School, but the full cost of the tour is ultimately the responsibility of each choir member. No monthly billing is sent out unless the account is past due. • A late fee of $10 will be added to your account if tuition is not paid by the 10th of each month, unless other arrangements are made. • The 2016/2017 annual tuition must be paid in full not later than May 15, 2017, regardless of the payment option. Students with past-due accounts will not be permitted to participate in the ensemble. • A $20 fee will be charged for all non-sufficient withdrawals or checks. • Tuition will not be refunded. If a student withdraws prior to the end of the season, the student/family is still liable for the remainder of the tuition due.