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College Choirs: Missing a Choir Performance to Pursue Professional Opportunity

To College/University Choral Directors:
Does your department/school have a stated policy on music majors missing required rehearsals and/or choir performances to leave campus while purusing professional opportunities?  I am particularly interested in policies as they apply to undergraduates.
Dennis Malfatti
Replies (2): Threaded | Chronological
on September 22, 2013 12:54pm
Part of becoming a professional musician is learning that committment and follow-through are as important to your career, if not more important than pure talent.  We've all seen the talentless-hack who gets work because of his/her work ethic, and the brilliantly talented musician who gets looked over because of a lack of consistency.

In the schools that I attended, you did not miss a performnace for a professional gig regardless of whether you were a music major or not.  If it was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, exceptions were looked at.

The only standard exception was: When a school concert was added after the yearly calendar went out, singers could not be penalized for having conflicts.

That's not really a 'policy', but I hope that helps!

Christopher J McCafferty
Artistic Director, Illumni Men's Chorale

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on September 23, 2013 2:58am
Music major here. While every rehearsal is mandatory, we only have about sixty per cent regular attendance at rehearsal. Attendance is marked, and 5% of your year grade goes to it, so most people don't care. For the year's final choral performances, you should get a zero if you miss the performance, but if you're a regular attendee, and are missing it due to a simply better opportunity coming up, the lecturer doesn't usually penalise you.
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