Check out the information below and then CONTACT the Chorus’ recruitment chair to let us know how you would like to become involved.
The Broad Quarryland Community – it takes a village!
Performing membership is open to all men who desire to sing. Current members range from trained musicians to beginners. The Chorus strives to provide a fun, supportive environment while performing music that provides an appropriate challenge to all involved. Some singers decide to extend their service with the Chorus as a member of the Board of Directors or a committee. Performing Members are required to pass an audition, attend rehearsals every week, and to pay a $25 deposit for music/folder. Performers are allowed to take a Leave of Absence (LOA) once per year. If they do not return after that they must audition again to join the ranks of Performing Members. All Performing Members are expected to help with fundraising, recruitment, and membership.
Performers rehearse weekly and we welcome newcomers (singing and non-singing) to attend any open rehearsal with no membership obligation. Open rehearsals are held every Monday (August through May) from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm at First United Church (2420 E Third St) in Bloomington. Auditions are held twice a year 6:00-7:30 pm and 9:30 – 10:00 pm, before/after our regular rehearsal time, on the second Monday in January and the fifth Monday in August.
Off-stage Members participate in a committee(s), volunteer when they are able, and/or serve on the Board of Directors. They may commit several hours each month or a just few hours throughout the year depending on their involvement on committees and the board. Off-stage Members are also always welcome at social events and rehearsals.
All members (performing and off-stage) pay dues to help defray the costs of operating the Chorus. Annual dues are $60 for students and $100 for non-students. Payment is due the night of auditions each season or may be split into two equal payments (due September 15 and February 15). Financial assistance is available for members who may need it. Performing Members are also required to pass an audition, attend rehearsals every week, and to pay for any lost/damaged music.
Board of Directors and Committees
Election to the board is open to all members (performing and off-stage). The Board of Directors meets once per month to discuss official Chorus business matters. Once per year, the board members and committee chairs convene for a retreat to review the past year’s accomplishments and plan for the upcoming season. Some committees meet on a regular basis, while others meet only a few times each year.
Committees which report to the Board of Directors include:
- Board development
- Fundraising (Grant Pursuit)
- Marketing (Publicity and Design)
- Audience Development (Alumni Relations)
The committees which report to the Artistic Director include:
The Chorus also relies on the assistance of our dedicated patrons and friends to help with our concerts and other performances. At our winter and spring concerts in particular, we need volunteers to hand out programs, take tickets, direct audience members to their seats, and help with other tasks. Occasionally there are opportunities for our volunteers to join our members, such as during our Open House and social events.
No one is denied membership to the Chorus – including representation on the Board of Directors or on any committee – based on race, ethnicity, creed, gender, marital status, national origin, or sexual orientation.