General Information for Singers

Rehearsal Guidelines

You’ll be singing with at least 175 other singers during the rehearsal season, please review these guidelines before rehearsals begin.

  • Start time: Rehearsals start at 7:30 p.m. at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, MA. Visit the directions page for how to get there and for parking information.  Please come a little early, sign in, find your seat and say hello to the singers around you, and we can begin promptly.
  • Seating: We sit in sections according to singer parts (alto, soprano, tenor, bass). Please leave the first two rows of seats in your section open for the more diminutive folks so everyone can see the director.
  • Cell phones: Please remember to silence your cell phone – thank you!
  • Breaks: We don’t take formal breaks during rehearsals, but take care of yourself. If you need to take a few moments, please slip out quietly to avoid disturbing the singers in your section.
  • Recording: We recommend that you bring a recorder to rehearsals; audio recordings will help you practice during the week.
  • Sectionals: We encourage you to attend sectional rehearsals during the seasons when they are held (see season calendar).  They are very helpful for zeroing in on your singing part and are another fun way to meet other singers! They also count as a bonus rehearsal.
  • Missed Rehearsals: Please plan to come sing every week, and don’t forget to sign in! We understand you may have to miss a rehearsal from time to time; however, to perform in the season’s concerts, you may not have missed more than twice. Note: Attending the Sectionals rehearsal is always a good idea AND a good way to make up for a missed regular rehearsal.
  • Learning your part: If you are having trouble hearing or learning your part during a rehearsal, stop and listen for a while; this will help you avoid singing the wrong notes over and over. If you are still not hearing your part, try sitting near a strong singer in your section.
  • Soloing: The choice of soloists is at the complete discretion of the current season’s director. Auditions for solos will be announced in advance to give you time enough to prepare. There are seasons where the director recruits soloists without auditions.
  • Talking during rehearsal: Please keep chatting to a minimum during rehearsals, and please don’t talk while other sections are working on their parts.
  • Scents: Please do not wear scented products including perfume, hairspray, strong deodorant, or even scented soaps at rehearsals, dress rehearsal or at the concerts, as some people are allergic to them.

In the Event of Inclement Weather on a Rehearsal Night

When the weather is particularly threatening,  please check the website ( or call the Mystic Info Line at (781) 316-2500 after 3:00 pm to find out the status of the rehearsal.

Mandatory Dress Rehearsal Guidelines

The keys to a successful Mystic Chorale dress rehearsal include patience, consideration, listening and taking care of yourself!

Note: If you need a chair during the concerts, please let the operations crew know beforehand. They will have chairs available and will direct you to where you may sit.

  • Dress rehearsal is mandatory. If you cannot attend the dress rehearsal, you cannot sing in the performances.
  • Dress rehearsals are held at the concert venue, please visit the directions page for directions and parking information. If you can, arrive a little early so that you can explore this amazing building and store your gear before we get started.
  • Call Time: “Call time” is the term we use to indicate when you should be in Converse Hall ready to sing; please be seated in the auditorium ready to rehearse at this time. Dress rehearsals can be lengthy, so the sooner we’re ready to go, the sooner we will be able to leave.
  • Self-care: If you feel like you need to sit during the dress rehearsal, exit the risers quietly and have a seat in the auditorium.
  • Arrangement of singers: Dress rehearsal begins with the task of arranging ourselves on the risers. If the producer, the stage manager or another member of the operations staff asks you to move once we’re arranged on the risers, please do so promptly and without complaint they have years of experience and want us to be able to see and sound our best. Our sound people will be working around us, so be mindful of them and their equipment.
  • Memorization: Make sure to have all of your music memorized – lyric sheets are not allowed on stage. Feel free to bring your audio recorder to dress rehearsal to make note of any last-minute changes.
  • Attire: You do not have to wear concert attire for the dress rehearsal, but we do ask that you wear the shoes that you’re going to have on at the concerts so that we have an accurate height distribution. Comfort is more important than style when it comes to shoes for performances!
  • Patience, please: Above all, please be patient and courteous to your fellow singers and the volunteers working around you! There are a lot of arrangements that are made during dress rehearsal so that we will be able to give our audiences the best experience possible.
  • Valuables: Please leave anything valuable at home. Also, please remember to check before you leave and to take everything you brought (sweaters, gloves, etc) home with you.
  • Hydration. There will be water available for you in the practice areas in the basement so bring your water bottle. Unless it is particularly steamy, bottles should not be brought on stage during rehearsals and are never allowed on stage during performances.
  • Questions: If you have questions, suggestions, or comments before, during or after the dress rehearsal, please feel free to contact .

Concert Guidelines

  • Concert Dress: The color scheme is determined by the producers each season. We ask that you avoid revealing clothing. Short sleeves and cap-sleeves are fine. If you have any questions about concert dress, please contact your season producers.
  • Safe storage of belongings: You may leave coats, food, etc. in the basement room during the concerts but nothing valuable should be left there, as that space is unattended during the performances. A secure room is made available for storage of your valuables – it is locked 15 minutes before each performance and unlocked only after the entire performance is completed.
  • Singer Survey: We ask that you take a few moments to complete the singer survey that will arrive via email on concert Sunday. These surveys provide us with invaluable feedback for planning future seasons.
  • Call time: Please be in position on stage in Converse Hall, ready to sing at call times.
  • Hydration: We will have water available for you at the concerts; however, water bottles are not allowed on stage during performances.
  • Don’t forget to smile!

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