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Paying section leaders

Can anyone help me out with guidelines for paying section leaders (i.e. how much?) We are a community chorus in the far suburbs of a major metropolitain city.
on August 10, 2012 4:10pm
Robert,
 
I have sung with four major choral groups in the greater Philadelphia area and none of them have paid section reps.  Usually this is a stepping stone to elected positions within the particular group.
 
Thanks,  Cliff
on August 10, 2012 4:24pm
I'd also be interested in this information.  We are in the Napa Valley (greater Bay Area and Wine Country) and have discussed having paid section leaders but haven't taken that step yet....
on August 10, 2012 5:13pm
In my church choir, we pay a soprano, a tenor and a bass. The bass and tenor get $30 per rehearsal and $35/ worship service (that also includes an hour of rehearsal before the serrvoce. The soprano recieves more but she also fills in when needed as conductor
The community choir pays a tenor and a bass. $25/service. Another community chorus in the area (Buffalo NY) pays $25/ hour for their section leaders.
Hope this helps.
At church especially, the paid members add stability and balance. We can always sing what we planned to because we always have a stronmg voice on each section. And the section leaders are well accpeted and model citizens.
Kathy
on August 10, 2012 7:07pm
Hi Rob,
 
We are in the same area and, as well you know, I conduct a chamber choir.  Occassionally, I need to hire ringers and use them to fill out a section.  I have two pay schedules--music students (undergrad/music school) and professionals (pros and grad students).
 
Music students--$25 per rehearsal and $75 per concert
Professionals--$35 per rehearsal and $100 per concert
 
The concert figure is understood to include warm-ups and rehearsal the day of the concert.
 
If I need them, I try to hire folks as early in the rehearsal cycle as I am able--the more rehearsals, the better.  Sometimes, I am not able and only have my ringers the last few rehearsals.  It depends on the music we are singing, the time crunch we are under, etc. etc.  I have only been displeased once with a ringer--and that was because this person believed because we are a "community group" he didin't have to pratice---we showed him!
 
See you soon,
Marie
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