Harmania is an inclusive, non auditioned Indie Pop choir for over 18s. We welcome everyone regardless of background or singing experience. In fact, a large percentage of our members stated on their application form that they had no singing experience !! Our repertoire mainly focuses on songs from the Indie/Pop/ Rock / Alternative and Folk genres. However, nothing is off the cards !! In order to honour our ethos of inclusivity and accessibility, we teach everything by ear using participatory methods so there is no need to read music. We also believe that the type of music we sing is best learned by ear due to nuances in the style that cannot be accurately represented in written notation. Please bare in mind that for these reasons we do not provide music scores for any of our songs. Also, be mindful that if you come from a choral/classical background that singing songs from the above genres and learning by ear is a different discipline. In saying that we believe it is for everyone regardless of past experience.
Choir Terms & Conditions
We currently run two choirs – Monday 8pm-9:30pm and Wednesdays 7:30 – 9pm. However, our rehearsals often run a half an hour over in order to facilitate a break/chat or much needed extra rehearsal time coming up to a performance so you should allow for a two hour rehearsal.
One of our aims is to achieve ‘balance’ in the choir, not just musically by balancing the different sections but also in terms of gender and age. While we strive to accommodate everyone, we often have limited availability and therefore offer places based on availability in the appropriate section of the choir you are hoping to join. If you apply and we can’t offer you a place at that time, your name will be put on a waiting list and we will contact you once a place arises. If we contact you to offer you a place and you don’t accept it within two days, we delete your application and offer your place to the next person on the list. This is necessary in order to reduce the administration time involved in signing up new members.
The year is divided into 3 terms of 10 – 12 weeks ( depending on the calendar). For the Winter and Spring term, we follow the school calendar however, it is sometimes necessary to hold a rehearsal during the mid-term if we’ve had to cancel a rehearsal due to unforeseen circumstances or we have an upcoming performance. Our summer term ( After Easter) can be more intense if we have a lot of performances coming up. Members may be required to attend a few rehearsals a week if taking part in these performances. Each term, we run a couple of joint rehearsals where the Monday and Wednesday choir come together. Your choir day may change on these occasions but you will be given plenty of notice and we will alternate change of days between the two choirs. Also, on some weeks you may have the option (or be required to!) attend both rehearsals – Monday and Wednesday. Again, we will endeavour to give adequate notice of this.
What you get for membership :
- 10 -12 weekly rehearsals ( Each term may vary) per term.
- Plus extra intensive rehearsals coming up to a performance/gig.
- The opportunity to take part in various public performances, concerts and festivals throughout the year.
- The opportunity to be part of professional sound recordings and videos.
- Access to members only Facebook group , WhatsApp group and Website membership area where music files and rehearsal notes are provided.
- The opportunity to audition for smaller ensembles and professional gigs.
- First refusal for membership in subsequent terms. (This is based on your attendance record in the previous term.)
* While your choir night is fixed on application, you do have the opportunity to attend a rehearsals on the other choir night if you have missed a rehearsal due to illness etc. However, you cannot alternate between the two as a matter of course and must attend rehearsals on your chosen night.
Please note: that while we aim to provide extra rehearsals for free, it may be necessary at times to charge a nominal fee due to extra costs of venue hire and/or professional musicians/ band fees that our budget does not provide for. Teaching fees are not charged for extra rehearsals.
Professional video/ sound ,studio recording – As the cost of these services can be very expensive, members wishing to be involved may have to pay a small fee to cover additional costs.
Fees are fixed per term and may be adjusted or changed annually. Please note that your fee covers your membership of the choir for the term and should not be thought of as a weekly amount per rehearsal. By joining Harmania, you agree to pay full fees for the term you are enrolling in. We have a minimum commitment of one term and offer every member the opportunity to ‘Try it Out First’ (Free of charge ) without commitment. If, after your free trial you would like to join, you must pay at least half of the fee on your first night. Refunds or discounts cannot be given at any time for missed rehearsals or a person’s inability to attend every rehearsal in the term. In exceptional circumstances i.e. illness or bereavement , we may offer our members the option to freeze their membership and carry it over to the next term . This is entirely at the discretion of the Harmania team.
While we prefer to receive full fees on or before the first night of term, we do offer an easy payment facility in two instalments .This is subject to change. At least 50% of the fee must be paid on week 1 and the full fees by week 4. Failure to pay onetime will result in your membership being cancelled and access to rehearsals, rehearsal notes/recordings and private groups being withdrawn. In order to reduce the time consuming task of collecting fees, we only collect fees on the 1st and 4th night of term. Unfortunately, we cannot accept payment on any other weeks. We will notify any members of fee changes in advance of registration.
As a member of Harmania you are given access to materials, harmonies, arrangements , concepts, ideas, teaching methods and techniques that are considered intellectual property and owned by Harmania Indie Choir. By becoming a member, attending workshops, performances or any event put on by Harmania, you are agreeing not to share, use, copy, amend or distribute any of this content at another event, with a third party or group. Any breech of this agreement is taken seriously and may result in legal action. Harmania Indie Choir reserve the right to refuse admission ( without refund) to anyone they feel may challenge this agreement .
As a member of Harmania you are given the opportunity to take part in various performances throughout the year. These performances can vary between having both choirs come together to having just one choir or sometimes a small ensemble with a limited amount of singers. By signing up to do a performance, you are agreeing to attend every weekly rehearsal plus any extra rehearsals involved in preparing for the event. If you miss two or more rehearsals, you will be asked to step down from taking part in the performance. While this is not desirable, we consider it to be crucial in achieving an acceptable and respectable standard and the fairest option for the choir as a whole. We would ask our members to consider carefully before committing to a performance.
Extra Performance Opportunities
Occasionally, we may run auditions for smaller ensembles/ professional gigs outside of the normal choir performance. We will notify the choir when these opportunities arise. While we offer the opportunity to audition for these parts to choir members, we are specifically looking for people that may have professional singing experience outside of the choir, have an exceptionally good ear, can learn fast, can sing their part comfortably without the assistance of another singer, has some professional performance/gig experience and has experience singing on mic . We may also audition people outside of the choir. Singers will be chosen based on the vocal part needed, voice type/genre needed, vocal ability, availability for extra rehearsals and a good record of attendance in their weekly choir rehearsals. Please note that the above credentials do not automatically entitle you to a place in these ensembles and the decision of the Harmania team is final.
Code of conduct
Harmania is an inclusive choir welcoming people from all backgrounds regardless or race, creed ,disability or sexuality. We require all our members to value the same principles towards everyone involved in our choir, be that members, visitors, audiences, third parties and any member of the Harmania team. As human beings, we are fully aware that people have different thoughts and views on how things should be done. However, in order to ensure the smooth running and positive experience of our group, we must insist that the professional opinions, decisions and instructions of the Harmania team are followed and respected at all times.
The safety and wellbeing of our members and team is of paramount importance. Bullying in any form ( threatening/abusive/undermining behaviour or harassment of any kind) towards any member, audience member, third party or the Harmania team will not be tolerated and will result in immediate cancellation of the offending person’s membership without refund.
If you have any concern or problem, it is important that you come and speak to us. We can only resolve issues if we know about them. Any contact made with us regarding the above will be dealt with in strictest confidence.
Harmania Indie Choir reserve the right to refuse admission and/or membership.
Occasionally, due to circumstances outside of our control i.e. illness, adverse weather conditions etc we may have to cancel or postpone a rehearsal. While we will do our best to arrange the rehearsal for another night, you will also have the option to attend the other choir’s rehearsal night on a week that suits you.
Health and Safety
The health and safety of our members is extremely important to us. Rehearsals can sometimes involve long periods of standing and/or movement. If you have any issues that may effect your ability to do this, please let us know and we can arrange for you to participate without having to do so.
It is important that you inform us of any disabilities, issues or concerns that you have so that we can make provisions to ensure an accessible and comfortable rehearsal for you.
Harmania cannot be held responsible for any loss, damage or theft of personal belongings so we ask you to please look after your own property with care.
Social Media, Advertising and communications.
By joining Harmania you are agreeing to us using any photos,videos and recordings taken in rehearsals, performances and all Harmania events to be used in social media forums and for advertising purposes.
You are also agreeing to us contacting you via email. Facebook, WhatsApp or phone regarding any choir notifications or your membership. Please note that as a member, you are required to have a Facebook account. While we do communicate through our WhatApp groups, our main source of communication is through our private Facebook group where it is easier to post important files and gather important information. It is possible for you to have a private Facebook account that you use only for choir purposes.
By signing up and becoming a member of Harmania Indie Choir you are agreeing to the above terms & conditions. Harmania reserve to right to amend or change the terms & conditions at any time.