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2019 - 2020 Staff Arts Choir Members' Page

All current and retired staff are invited to join the choir to share the beautiful music of the Christmas season with their colleagues.
Non-TCDSB Participants: If space allows, we may have room for some non-TCDSB choir members. Please feel free to register as a Friend of Staff Arts. We will contact you before the first rehearsal to confirm whether there is space.   
 

Register On-line Before First Rehearsal

 
Online registration is now closed
 
If you need to contact us, please send a message to staffarts@tcdsb.org
 

Google Drive

Links will be sent to help you learn the music at home. Please make good use of these to speed up the learning process. We don’t know for sure who will be helping with these this year.
 

Choir Concert Date, Time, Place

Friday December 6, 2019, 8:00 PM
St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church
(775 Churchill Ave, Toronto, ON M2N 1Y8 map) 
 

Choir Rehearsals

Rehearsals will take place Wednesdays from 4:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. Margaret School 85 Carmichael AvenueToronto,ON,M5M 2X1
 
First Rehearsal: Our first rehearsal will be the last week of September. However, again this year, St. Margaret’s will be having their Curriculum Night on the last Wednesday of the month. Because of that, our first rehearsal will be TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24th at St. Margaret’s School at 4:45. The following week we will revert to Wednesday rehearsals. We realize that some people may have courses or other previous commitments on Tuesday, but we’re hoping that most will be available. If you aren’t, we’ll see you the following Wednesday.
 
A $20 refundable deposit for folders and music will be collected at the first rehearsal. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in and collect your music.
 
Dress Rehearsal:  TBA
 

 Staff Arts Choir Guidelines

Welcome to the TCDSB Staff Arts Choir! We are very lucky that Staff Arts provides us with this opportunity to make beautiful music together, build new friendships and renew old ones. The Choir has also always been a great morale booster for those working within the board, and a wonderful opportunity for retirees to stay connected. We want everyone to feel that their time at rehearsal is well spent and enjoyable. In order to facilitate that, we’ve put together some guidelines for newcomers, which will also serve as reminders for the veterans.
Looking forward to the first rehearsal!

CONCERT DRESS

  • Men: Dark Suit white shirt, red tie
  • Women: White blouse, long black skirt

ATTENDANCE

  • Please register for choir on the website before the first rehearsal, so that we know how much music we will need. See link above.
  • Please treat rehearsals as compulsory. If attendance is erratic, the quality of the concert will suffer.
  • Arrive early enough to sign in and pick up new music before rehearsal starts.
  • If you are an inexperienced singer, you need to be at rehearsal to learn your music; if you are an experienced singer, we need you at rehearsal to help others in your section.
  • Please do not invite friends to join the choir once rehearsals have begun. We have a very short rehearsal period, and if someone has missed several rehearsals, they are holding up our progress by starting late. Despite this, the conductor may choose to augment a section with some extra voices to balance the parts. These would only be singers with solid voices and excellent reading skills.
  • Please do not leave rehearsal early without speaking to the conductor beforehand.
  • If someone has to miss several rehearsals, it will be at the discretion of the conductor whether or not they will sing at the concert.
  • If you have to drop out of choir before the concert, please inform the conductor and return your music promptly.
  • If you are sick or for another reason unable to attend a rehearsal, please contact Francine Giroux at francine.giroux@tcdsb.org before the rehearsal.

CHOIR ETIQUETTE

  • Please save socializing for before and after rehearsal and during the break; chatting with your neighbour(s) during the rehearsal, (including while another section is going over their part) is distracting to the singers and the conductor, and makes it difficult for all to hear.
  • Bring a pencil and eraser to every rehearsal to mark your music; use pencil only to mark your music - no pen or highlighters.
  • Water is the only suitable refreshment during rehearsals. Please do not eat or chew gum during rehearsal. Refreshments will be provided during the break.
  • Please come to rehearsals and concert performances ‘fragrance free’ as we have choir members who are allergic to scents and perfumes.

CHOIR MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work on your music at home.
  • Look after your music and folder. They are expensive to replace.
  • Return all music promptly after the concert.
  • HAVE FUN!!!