- Uniforms & Concert Dress
Singers will be issued a formal concert uniform consisting of shirt, pants, and a tie for boys. You are responsible for purchasing your own black shoes and socks which adhere to GCC’s guidelines. The formal uniform remains the property of GCC. The fee for the use of this attire is $50 and is included in our payment structure. $25 will be refunded at the end of the year upon the return of these items in acceptable condition, and the remaining $25 serves as a cleaning/maintenance fee. If any part of the uniform is damaged or not returned, you will be billed for its replacement.
In addition to the formal uniform, singers must purchase a GCC polo shirt directly from us. The cost of the polo shirt is separate from the uniform fee and must be paid at camp (end of July/beginning of August). The polo shirt is the same from year to year, and does not need to be replaced unless it is lost or your child has grown out of it.
We also require the purchase of a t-shirt or other costume materials for our Spring Sing concert at the end of the school year. This shirt changes from year to year and thus must be purchased by all singers. Payment for this shirt is also due at camp.
Dress for most concerts will either be the formal uniform or the blue polo shirt and nice jeans or capris (the weekly newsletter will specify each concert’s dress). Formal uniforms must be accompanied by black knee socks and the appropriate shoes (black Oxford-style shoes for boys; black ballet flats for girls). Long hair must be pulled back and secured out of the singer’s face with simple black hair accessories. Jewelry and makeup are strongly discouraged. Boys’ blue neckties will be distributed at each concert and collected afterward. For our less formal polo-shirt concerts, the shirts should be worn untucked and loose (never tied in a knot behind the back) with the top button unbuttoned. Hair and makeup guidelines are the same as for formal concerts.
Members of the uniform committee will be standing by at concerts to help with any last-minute concerns. If a singer is missing part of the uniform or is not dressed appropriately, he or she may not be allowed to sing in the concert.
Each child will receive a music folder, a bag for storage, and many pieces of choral music. The music and any other designated items loaned to children (excluding the storage bag) remain the property of the Greeley Children’s Chorale. You will be billed for any items damaged or not returned.
- Attendance (4th Absence Policy)
Weekly rehearsals are held on Monday nights during the school year from 5:30–7:00 p.m. Attendance at all rehearsals is mandatory and promptness is required. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled prior to concerts.
Students may miss up to 3 rehearsals during a concert segment (prior to Winter’s Eve Songfest, Stars, & Spring Sing).
The attendance manager tracks absences and directors keep attendance as well for cross-checking of accuracy.
Once a student has reached 4 absences, he/she will meet with some of the directors to arrange a time to perform a private assessment.
Having no more than 3 absences to be eligible to perform is an industry standard and more than fair. However, we understand that life happens and sometimes circumstances force unplanned absences. We must maintain the high standard of this performing group and if a child misses more than 3 rehearsals, it is highly likely that he/she has missed too much instruction to perform at the level we need.
Therefore, we will determine if the student is still able to perform by hearing him/her sing all of the music for the concert. If the directors feel he/she has worked hard enough on his/her own to compensate for the missed rehearsals and is sufficiently prepared to perform, the 4th missed rehearsal policy will be waived.
If the singer fails to prove knowledge of the material, he/she will not be permitted to perform in the concert.
If the singer is determined to perform and would like another chance to prove knowledge, a further assessment session will be granted, time permitting.
Our three major concerts are “Winter’s Eve Songfest” (beginning of December), “Stars” (late January/early February) and “Spring Sing” (end of April). Please see the parent calendar for the exact dates of these concerts. Attendance at these performances is mandatory. Failure to participate in a concert could result in your child being removed from the Chorale. If your child must miss a major concert, you must submit a reason in writing to the directors immediately following the concert. Your child will be allowed to continue to participate in GCC at the directors’ discretion.
Choir members must wear the designated attire (formal uniform, blue polo shirt, or other) in order to be able to perform.