How To Join The WWCS Choir
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 concert season begins in September and ends in June, involves registration and dues payment online only, and typically includes three concerts. Membership dues include use of music, instruction under a qualified Artistic Director, musical education, and performance opportunities. Music and appropriate support materials will be provided to each member following online registration and payment of dues.
The membership dues structure is set up so that singers pay for the rehearsals and concerts in which they plan to participate. There are two remaining concerts in this concert season, one in March and one in May. Details are given on the EVENTS page. Membership dues for each concert is $50.00 ($37.50 for students), payable prior to the second rehearsal for each concert. Registration is now closed for the March concert, but singers may register for the May concert at any time up until April 3 when registration will close.
Financial support for WWCS is derived from concert ticket sales, singer dues, and outside funding sources. The WWCS Board annually budgets for and is dependent on participation of the membership to ensure that it can continue to provide a valuable experience for both singing participants and audiences alike. The Board is committed to managing the cost to participate in WWCS and to keep expenses at a reasonable level.
We recognize that some singers may be unable to meet dues obligations because of financial challenges. Therefore, several alternative approaches are available:
1. propose an alternative payment amount with a payment plan,
2. ask for a partial dues waiver,
3. volunteer for a significant project/responsibility, or
4. 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 as it is received. The limited information shared will be kept completely confidential. Applicants will receive a response or an alternate suggestion in a timely manner.