It's sometimes quite daunting to join a new music ensemble. What level am I? Do I need to read music? How well do I need to sight-read? These are some of the common questions that many individuals have before they join.
Therefore, we'd like to take a moment to briefly outline what to expect when you join a VPOPS Ensemble. If you are unsure about which level you are, please feel free to contact us for a recommendation.
Above all else, commitment is the number one priority. Commitment refers to attendance, punctuality, and personal practice. Being in an orchestra or choir is not a solo venture, and hence requires diligent personal practice and thorough rehearsals together as a group. If you miss a rehearsal, you will indeed miss a great deal of practice and perfecting, plus the group misses out on your part of the music. TIP: Try to avoid schedule conflicts (don't think of rehearsals as optional), stay health-conscious, and if you must miss one, have a friend record the rehearsal or come in for a make up session with the director to catch up. Regardless of how skilled any one individual is, we must work together as a group in order to succeed as a group. If you have more than 2 missed rehearsals in a term, you may be, under the instructor’s discretion, downgraded to a lower level, withdrawn from the performance, or removed from the ensemble.