How Do I Join WWCS?
The Walla Walla Choral Society is a non-audition community choir. Member dues are $150.00 per year. For membership details, please read the Membership Dues Policy below. Registration forms are at the bottom of this page.
Membership Dues Policy
This policy provides the process for direct membership to singers who would like to build community, learn and sing. It also allows the organization the ability to offer education and additional performance opportunities year-round via regional, national and international choral festivals and other events. Additionally, it provides an opportunity, for those singers who do not desire to perform, a way to participate within the WWCS community exclusive of performances.
The WWCS season begins in September and ends in June, involves three registration cycles, and usually includes three concerts. Open registration for each cycle begins on September 1st, December 1st, and March 1st. Annual membership dues for WWCS for a season are $150.00 which can be paid in either of two ways:
- Payment beginning September 1st of $150.00 ($112.50 for students under the age of 21) for the entire season, or,
- Three separate payments of $50.00 ($37.50 for students under the age of 21) beginning September 1st, December 1st, and March 1st.
Membership dues include use of music, instruction under a qualified Artistic Director, musical education and performance opportunities. Appropriate support materials and music will be provided to each member following online registration and payment of dues according to the options listed above.
The WWCS annually budgets for and is dependent on full annual participation of the membership to ensure that it can continue to provide a valuable experience for both singing participants and audiences alike. The WWCS Board is committed to managing the cost to participate in WWCS and to keep expenses at a reasonable level.
If singers are unable to meet dues obligations because of financial challenges, several alternative approaches are available:
- propose an alternative payment amount with a payment plan,
- ask for partial dues waivers,
- volunteer for a significant project/responsibility, or
- apply for a scholarship from the John W. Neumann Memorial Scholarship Fund (JWNMSF).
The process for all options except the application for a scholarship is as follows:
Communicate with the President of the WWCS Board in writing or by email, giving information as to the nature of the hardship, at what level the singer is able to pay, and jointly work out a plan for meeting the agreed-upon total payment. If the President is not available, the Secretary/Treasurer will act in that capacity.
All applications for scholarship will be carefully considered; the application form is available on this site under SCHOLARSHIPS. The JWNMSF Committee of the WWCS will review each application and respond to each request in a timely manner. The limited information shared will be kept completely confidential. Applicants will receive a response or an alternate suggestion in a timely manner.