I am very disappointed in the attendance problems at our 1st sectional rehearsals. This is a crucial time for balancing the choir. Everything we do for the year is based on getting the mix right. There were 13 Sopranos absent and 3 tardy. There were 10 altos absent and 5 tardy. There are 60 kids in Caiman Chorus just dying to be moved up. If you know you are not going to be in GCC please tell me so I can move them next week. These absences count against the maximum number allowed. see below and read under Gifford Choirs on top. If a student has not made any rehearsals so far and misses any next week I will assume they are not in choir and replace them.
Attendance Policy: Any student that misses more than two rehearsals in a semester must make an appointment with the director to make up the rehearsal time and or show their readiness to perform at the director’s convenience. If students do not do this they may be asked to attend concerts as an audience member. Anyone who misses four or more rehearsals may be dropped from the choir without refund of any choir expenses at the discretion of the choir’s director. Missing a concert for anything but an emergency involving hospitalization of the student, attendance at funeral of an immediate family member or contagious illness where directed by a doctor to stay at home can result in a student being dropped from an auditioned choir. Contact should be made with the director prior to the concert or if this is not possible, as soon after as is practical. If you have a conflict with a performance date you should speak to your director as soon as the calendar is published. Parents of choir members should check performance and rehearsal dates of the choir before signing kids up for other events such as sports.