GOOD BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS FOR YOUTH CHOIR (2015-16)
Welcome and thank you for being a part of the Youth Choir at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church. We have a tradition of excellence and a high expectation for each singer/member to become involved and participate, giving their best effort. It is an honor to be in one of the premier Church Youth Choirs in the state of North Carolina. With this continued striving toward excellence, we honor not only our tradition and heritage, but we give glory to Christ, our reason for singing. By your participation in the Snyder Youth Choir’s rehearsals, presentations, and events, you are agreeing to be an active, helpful part of this unique experience and this group of fellow student singers who are reaching toward the high goal of excellence and integrity.
1. PRAY: Most importantly, we sing for the perfect, Divine audience, God Himself. Pray that your heart will be centered on Him and that our song will be a “sweet, sweet sound in His ear”… as our theme chorus states. The Snyder Youth Choir is a church choir and exists for Christian purposes.
2. PRAISE & PREACH: Praise Him with your heart, soul, mind, body and VOICE! Our efforts are two-fold. To give God praise [as individuals and as a choir] and to share the Gospel of Christ. In doing so, we are edified and strengthened as believers and His kingdom increases. He is the object of our worship; our music presentation is the means to that end. He deserves our best.
3. PUNCTUAL: We are on time to rehearsals and presentations. This helps us be as productive as possible with our rehearsal time and forms the habit of punctuality that will be helpful through your adolescent and adult life in everything you do.
4. PARTICIPATE: We are committed to participation…this means we SING!! Every person in the Snyder Youth Choir is important and an integral part of the whole. Attend regularly and sing. We need you and your voice…both are very important to the success of Youth Choir.
5. POLITE: We are considerate of our peers. Students are in Youth Choir to be a part of something great and will be proud of themselves for their achievement. All students who participate by bringing maximum effort will enhance the choir experience for their friends and fellow singers. We are not interested in wasting each other’s time or being disruptive. Talking during work times or continued misbehavior is not helpful to the group. You are important and your energetic SINGING input is valuable.
6. PREPARED: We are prepared to sing for each presentation. The Snyder Youth Choir sings regularly through the year in worship at our home church as well as for outings, trips and tours. We memorize our presentation music. It is impossible to sing from memory if we are not prepared. To be prepared, you must come to rehearsals and put forth maximum effort to learn the music. Additional work outside of the rehearsal is encouraged for memorization, especially for the SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE, SEGUE, and for the year end CHOIR TOUR. Additional work in addition to rehearsals is mandatory for All-State Choir participation. Misbehavior and incessant talking are not helpful and distract us from reaching our goals.
7. PROCESS: Here is the process for discipline if a student continually misbehaves:
— first: the student will be quietly confronted by a team leader or choir officer
— second: the student will be confronted/ “called down” by the director & asked to remain after rehearsal for a discussion, accompanied by a team leader.
— third: the student will be asked to exit the rehearsal; escorted by a lead team adult. This will result in contacting the parents.
— fourth: if unacceptable behavior continues, the student will be dismissed from youth choir for the semester/year. The student and parents will meet with the director, lead team officer, youth minister and pastor. The student will explain why they should be allowed back into the youth choir.