We are a volunteer chorus founded in 1955 with about 100 members.
We have a season of 3 different choral concerts each year (fall, holidays and spring. Included is Messiah which we perform at a local theater and at Carnegie Hall. We have a music director, assistant music director and part-time office administrator. We are discussing restructuring our dues. I would like to hear from other choruses regarding the following questions:
1. How much does their membership cost?
2. Are your members expected to sell tickets and how many for each concert?
Albany Pro Musica’s dues for the core chorus of roughly 65 singers is $75 a year, and they do NOT buy any music. We seem to be very low compared to other community choruses. But we ask a lot of our singers, many concerts, fund-raising gigs, run-outs, etc. Occasionally I will ask them to buy a piece we can’t afford, or suggest that the buy the vocal score becuase all we have is the choral score (Poulenc, Durufle). People who leave early or come in late still pay $75.
We buy the music for the group becuase over time we use it again and again, especially for run-outs, and we want it easily available. We donate the music to the University I teach at in exchange for rehearsal space, so the music is always there, I can use it with my students, I can revive it with Pro Musica as needed. It’s a great situation, and probably very unusual.
We have an enlarged chorus for big works. Those who join for a specific concert pay $25 and buy their own music unless we happen to have sufficient copies on hand.