SEASON: Opens the week after Labor Day and closes with the Annual Dinner (for all singing members and subscribers) the week after the last Concert in May. There are occasional special events during the summer.
CONCERTS: There are four major concerts each season. The first is in mid-November. Each year in mid-December we perform Handel's Messiah, Part I. The third concert is in March and the fourth is in May. The November concert will be presented at the Cathedral of the Incarnation; the December and March concerts will be presented at the Adelphi University Perfoeming Arts Center. The May concert will be at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Manhasset. The May concert includes performances by the winner and runner-up of our Young Artist Competition. A wine and cheese reception follows this concert and receptions may follow the other concerts.
DRESS: For all performances, ladies wear a long-sleeved black top and floor-length black skirt. The cost of the outfit is currently $91.00 plus the cost of hemming the skirt. Black or off-black hosiery and black shoes are required. A single strand of pearls (24" to 30") is also worn. Gentlemen wear tuxedos, long-sleeved white shirts, and black bow ties (except for the Messiah concert or Library 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 from smoking just prior to rehearsals or concerts as well.
DECORUM: We display dignified professionalism at all concerts and are attentive to the conductor at rehearsals.
REHEARSALS: We rehearse each Monday evening from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset. Holiday week rehearsals are at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 240 Lincoln Avenue, Rockville Centre. Rehearsals begin promptly at 8:00 PM.
DRESS REHEARSALS: We have only one opportunity to rehearse with the full orchestra. The day and time vary (see schedule). Attendance is mandatory unless you are excused by the conductor. Dodie and Steve must be notified.
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.
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. A $20.00 security deposit will be required if you are borrowing music. In some cases, we may rent the score and charge the singers for the rental fees. 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.
NEW SINGER INFORMATION: New singers who have paid dues and attended two rehearsals will get additional information, including a copy of our by-laws and a membership roster with a list of board members.
QUESTIONS: Any questions on membership or attendance should be addressed to the Singing Membership Coordinator, Steve Myers


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