Fees & Policies
TEMC choristers may enroll for either Choir Only or Choir and Music Instruction with Tutor. Tutoring with a professional musician can be in voice, piano, guitar or strings. Every effort is made to comply with the student’s choice in tutor time and choice of instrument.
Thanks to the generosity of the David Ouchterlony Choir School Endowment Fund as well as our great volunteer effort to keep costs low, choir fees are very reasonable. Tutors are music professionals with experience in teaching. The caliber of instruction is very high and families are given the opportunity to take full advantage of this by ensuring students are prepared and practice for lessons.
- Uniforms: Contact InSchoolwear directly to order your uniform
- Tickets for Spring Sing Out Concert, an annual fundraiser in which every family each is encouraged to sell a minimum of 6 tickets
- Extra-curricular activities: Occasionally, there may be fees for an optional extra-curricular event
- Tutoring materials: To be determined with your tutor
- Loss of Choir Robe: Replacement Fee
Parents’ involvement in the Choir School is very important to the vitality, warmth and continuity of the Choir School Community. Parents will find volunteering to be rewarding, fun and an opportunity to share time with their children. This will help positively influence the Choir School environment but will also help keep choir fees reasonable.
Each family is required to contribute a minimum of 15 volunteer hours between September and May to ensure an even and fair distribution of time and commitment between families. During registration, each family will complete a Volunteer Form as there are numerous ways to participate such as set up, take down, tickets, refreshments, etc. However, participation in the Spring Concert is considered mandatory.
- Who: Each family to volunteer a minimum 15 hours
- When: Between September and May
- How: Complete Volunteer form during registration
- Volunteer Suggestions: Set up, take down, tickets, refreshments, etc.
- Volunteer Stipulation: Spring, "Sing Out" Concert
CHOIR TUTORING & ATTENDANCE
Commitment to attending all rehearsals and performances and being on time is required by the TEMC Choir School to ensure successful performances that everyone can be proud of. The choir is a team. The selection of repertoire sung at worship or concerts is predicated on regular attendance.
Any chorister that auditions and is assigned a specific principle role in a performance must attend all rehearsals, otherwise the role will be assigned to an alternative. More than 24 hours advance notice is required in cases of sickness or family emergency.
Please notify Elaine Choi, Music Director if absence is necessary due to illness or an emergency before 3:00 PM on Wednesdays, and by 8:15 AM on Sundays. Only sickness and family emergencies are considered acceptable reasons for absences. Unfortunately, students who miss more than 25% of choir calls will not receive their End of Year Certificate of Participation.
Weekly Tutoring Sessions
Tutors will contact the families to arrange for private tutoring times with their students and are scheduled on a date agreed upon by both parties and are held either at the church or at a mutually convenient location. Any family that has not heard from their tutors by October 1st, need to contact Ms. Elaine Choi.
- Who: Tutor to contact student family
- When: Dates to be established prior to October 1st
- Where: By a mutually agreed to place; the church is available
Lateness: Our schedule is very tight, so if a student arrives late for a lesson, the lesson time will not be extended and will end at the designated time, resulting in less learning time. If a student is more than 15 minutes late, the lesson will be considered missed, and a missed lesson fee will be requested.
Missed Sessions: The church subsidizes tutorials in order to develop choristers’ musicianship and as such the Choir School cannot justify subsidizing missed sessions. The family is therefore responsible to keep tutors informed of all schedule changes including absences as the student or family member must contact the tutor directly at least 24 hours prior to the lesson to make arrangements for a make-up lesson. Up to three make-up lessons will be accommodated in the year when 24 hour (or more) notice is provided.
Unfortunately, if a session is missed without sufficient notice, it cannot be rescheduled and parents will be expected to pay a $20.00 fee to the Choir School to cover the cost of the tutoring session. The tutor will report their student’s attendance to the program coordinator, who will track any money owing to the school. Tutors are similarly required to inform families of cancellations 24 hours in advance. Sessions cancelled by tutors will be rescheduled at a mutually convenient time at no extra charge to the family.
CHOIR SCHOOL SCHEDULE
The TEMC Choir School is a full program with all activities posted on the calendar. Families will also be informed by regular email communication. Choir rehearsals occur weekly on Wednesdays. Next to rehearsal time on the first Wednesday of each month, Choirs will sing at some early Sunday Services (8:45 AM call for 9:15 AM Service) and the occasional late Sunday Service (10:30 AM call for the 11:00 AM service). Concert performances are during the Christmas season and in May. There is also the Kiwanis Festival in late February / early March.
Choristers need to be at the church 5 - 10 minutes before noted times to get organized (i.e. hang up coat, get necessary music books etc.)
- Grade 4 & Younger: 5:30 - 6:30 PM
- Grade 4 & Up: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
- Voices Unite: 7:00 - 7:30 PM
Sunday Church Service
Choristers need to be in proper attire such as choir robes, dress shoes with music in-hand and ready to rehearse at 8:45 AM sharp for 9:15 AM Sunday contemporary services. Rehearsals begins at 10:30 AM, downstairs, for the 11:00 AM service.
After the singing performance, the choir will exit with younger choristers going to Sunday School while older choristers may either attend the remainder of the service or attend Sunday school.
- Where: Ouchterlony Room
- When: Sundays, occasionally
- Attire: Choir Robes, dress shoes and Sunday appropriate attire is expected. Sneakers and boots are not acceptable.
The Choir School is involved with many concerts throughout the year and as concert dates are established, you will be notified promptly. However, be aware that the concerts will be in the Christmas Season, early spring and close to Mother's Day.
- When: End of December, February/March and May
CHOIR STRUCTURE & ATTIRE
There is flexibility in the age ranges defined for the Chorus choir and Voices Unite choir with consideration on factors such as peer group preferences, voice development, and other personal circumstances. Our aim is to be inclusive and accommodating where possible and reasonable.
Chorus Choir is comprised of treble voices between 6 and 18 years of age and may sing in parts (up to four part harmony), learn diverse styles of music, and do sight reading and ear training exercises.
- Ages: 6-18 years
- When: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 PM
- Attire for Special Performances The Choir wear uniforms at concerts
Voices Unite Choir is comprised of mixed voices between 13 and 18 years of age and has a strong performance focus and requires an audition with Ms. Elaine Choi. Singers are trained as soloists and have solo performing opportunities. The focus is contemporary Christian repertoire and show tunes.
- Ages: 13-18 years
- When: Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM
- Attire: The choir wears uniform at concerts
(Families can order uniforms from the uniform company 'InSchoolWear')
- Soloist Attire: Special costuming may be required
- Auditions: Required with Music Director, Elaine Choi
- Opportunities: Trained as soloists with solo performances