SEASON: The Season begins the week after Labor Day and closes with the Annual Dinner (for all singing members and subscribers) the week after the last Concert in april or May. There are occasional special events during the summer.
CONCERTS: There are three major concerts each season. The first is in mid-November. Each year in December we perform Handel's Messiah, Part I. The third concert is in April or May, and includes performances by the winner and runner-up of our Young Artist Competition.
REHEARSALS: We rehearse each Monday evening from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM at South Side Middle School, 67 Hillside Ave, Rockville Centre. When the school in not availble, rehearsals are at the St. Agnes Cathedral Choir Room, 29 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre. Other rehearsl venues may be necessary. Rehearsals begin promptly at 8:00 PM.
ATTENDANCE: According to our by-laws, singers must attend at least 75% of all rehearsals including two of the last three before any performance. Any singer missing two consecutive concerts may be asked to re-audition before being allowed to rejoin. Only the conductor may grant exceptions.
NEW SINGER INFORMATION & DECORUM: All new singers must pass an audition. New singers who have paid dues and attended two rehearsals will receive additional information including a copy of our by-laws and a membership roster with a list of board members. We display dignified professionalism at all concerts and are attentive to the conductor at rehearsals.
MUSIC: Will be provided by LICS if it is in our library or if we can borrow it. We are trying to reduce the size of our library, and will sell used scores, if we have them, to our singers at a reduced price. If we do not own the music or cannot borrow it, singers may be required to purchase their own scores. Singers may want to use their own scores even if LICS has the music available, but uniform editions are necessary so we may restrict the editions you may use. You can usually buy the music for our performances through LICS at a discount. You must return any borrowed music immediately at the conclusion of each concert or call the Librarian to make other arrangements. We must charge singers who do not return borrowed or rented music the full cost of replacement.
CONCERT DRESS: For all performances, ladies wear a "uniform" long-sleeved black top and floor-length black skirt. Black or off-black hosiery and black shoes are required. A single strand of pearls is also worn. Gentlemen wear tuxedos, long-sleeved white shirts, and black bow ties (except for the Messiah concert or other Holiday Concerts when red bow ties may be required), black socks, and black shoes. Some of our singers have severe allergies to fragrances and to cigarette smoke which makes it impossible to breathe or sing. We therefore permit NO perfume, cologne, or scented shaving lotion whenever we sing (including rehearsals). Please be considerate of others and refrain from wearing fragrance at rehearsals and concerts and from smoking just prior to rehearsals or concerts.
DRESS REHEARSALS: We have only one opportunity to rehearse with the orchestra & soloists. The day and time vary (see schedule). Attendance is mandatory unless you are excused by the conductor. Graphics Coordinator (Dodie) and Singing Membership Coordinator (Steve) must also be notified.
QUESTIONS: Any questions on membership or attendance should be addressed to the Singing Membership Coordinator, Steve Myers. Any other questions may be directed to any Board member.

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