SingSoc's Policy on Auditioning
Singsoc has always had a policy of not auditioning for new members to join our choirs. This may seem like an odd decision to some: Surely we would be a better choir if we only let people in that were already good singers?
Singsoc's Main Chorus Artistic Director feels very strongly that we have a job to do bringing new people to the world of choral singing. Amateur choirs are often crying out for more young singers (i.e. anyone under 60 in many cases!), and yet Singsoc each year has a membership of over 150 such young singers. Singsoc is obviously doing something right!
We believe very strongly that auditions actively stop you being able to introduce this wonderful past-time to new people. They also alienate a great number of excellent but unconfident singers who are terrified at the concept of auditioning and who bring a great deal to the choir. We have heard from a great number of people who have stopped singing when they were asked to audition for a new choir, or to re-audition to stay in the choir they were already in.
Yes: Auditioning our members may allow us to have a better quality of singers, and to achieve more musically perfect performances (as if such a thing could ever exist!). But we believe it would limit our ability to bring joy to hundreds of people each year, and with that joy, for many, comes the beginnings of a lifelong love of choral singing that will keep this wonderful genre of music alive. And, as the performances we give at our concerts prove time after time, we're not that bad musically either!
SingSoc's Inclusions Policy
This society is committed to ensuring that any student who wishes to get involved can do so. We do not discriminate against any member on the ground of disability, faith, gender, sexuality, age or any other criteria.
SingSoc's Access Policy
This society is committed to ensuring that our rehearsals are as accessible as possible to our members. With this in mind, we use the Richard Roberts Auditorium because of its accessibility.
We also want to ensure that the activities in our rehearsals and concerts are fully accessible; as such, we will be more than happy to make provisions to ensure that you can participate fully in our work - this can include providing you with large print music, or music stands to hold music during concerts.
We also always try to ensure that we put on a variety of socials that are accessible to all of our members (including but not limited to: non-alcoholic socials, daytime socials to enable those who can't stay late, and a variety of events suitable for a range of budgets) .
SingSoc's Children in Rehearsal Policy
We are aware that some members of SingSoc may be parents and as our rehearsals are in the evening, we do not want lack of available childcare to prevent them from joining in. As a university society we are not allowed to have members under 18, however feel free to bring your children to rehearsal if necessary.
If you do need to bring your children with you to rehearsal we ask that they sit with you or a guardian and be accompanied by you or the guardian at all times, this will usually be at the end of a row of seats.
As SingSoc is a university society some of the anecdotes told at rehearsal will refer to student life, and although we don't use crude language, these anecdotes may not always be suitable for children and your children may be exposed to these during rehearsal.
If you have any questions or enquires regarding these policies please contact: Steph Croker, Inclusions Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org