The Spotlight Is Always On YOU!

Posted on August 26, 2015 · Posted in News

RRCAs performers, we are obligated to give the audience a pleasurable experience.  Therefore, each individual needs to feel confident about his performance.  We know that the audience members watch each of us individually and, yet, enjoy the performance of the unit.  That means you must know the notes and words at the Unconscious Competence level (Level 4 skill).  Rehearsals are needed to solidify the unit, not repeatedly drill notes and words.  You have choices in how you demonstrate mastery of the songs in our repertoire.  Choose from the ones below!

**  All options listed below are to be done without looking at any printed music.
**  Achieving “passed” means the singer performs notes & words with 100% accuracy.
**  Evaluators will notify the Music & Performance VP who will maintain the chapter records including the singer, song and date of achievement.

Option #1 – During Rehearsal:  Record your voice and send it to an Evaluator.  Expect feedback within one week of the time of the recording.

Option #2 – During Rehearsal:  Ask an Evaluator to stand in front of you on the risers while you sing the song.  Give him your sheet music for taking notes.  He will give you instant feedback.

Option #3 – Outside of Rehearsal Time:  Sing your part as a solo directly to an Evaluator before rehearsal, after rehearsal, or on another occasion.  Give him your sheet music for taking notes.  He will give you instant feedback.

Option #4 – Outside of Rehearsal Time:  Sing your part as a duet, trio, or with a quartet or small ensemble to an Evaluator before rehearsal, after rehearsal, or on another occasion.  He will listen to your voice only and give instant feedback.  The other singers will NOT be evaluated at the same time unless they have arranged for another Evaluator to listen to them. It is upon YOU to arrange for your own Evaluator and not rely on someone else in the group to take care of this for you.  For example, if three Leads and one Baritone are all being evaluated, they will have to sing the song four times or have multiple Evaluators.  An Evaluator can only listen to one singer at a time.

*** Rehearsal time will be dedicated to getting songs passed. This is especially true during weeks 3-5 of a new song’s learning time.  You are not expected to arrive early to pass songs unless you are qualifying outside of the learning window.

*** When a singer auditions to join the Lancaster Red Rose Chapter, he becomes a member of the chapter.  He does not need to secure a uniform until he is ready to be a part of the performing chorus.

***  Singers become part of the performing chorus when they have passed 50% of the songs being sung for that performance.  It is expected that he has memorized the words and choreography of the remaining songs and will look like a part of the unit without actually singing the songs not yet passed.  (honor system)

Music & Performance VP maintains the spreadsheet of songs, singers and date song qualified.
Music & Performance VP notifies Director when 80% of the members have passed a song.

Director provides ample opportunities during rehearsal to encourage singers to qualify on songs.
Director includes “mastered” songs in performance line up.

Evaluators proactively encourage the men in their section to participate in the program.
Evaluators should be the first to qualify on each song by singing for another Evaluator.
Evaluators may approve singers from other voice parts, if needed.

Singers assume personal responsibility for correct notes and words to all songs.
Singers plan to pass songs and bring sheet music and a pencil to rehearsal or recording device.
Singers ask an Evaluator to listen or to accept a recording for one song at a time.
Singers need to repeat the process until mastery is achieved.

Chapter Development VP works with Music & Performance VP to inform prospective and new members of this process.

Music & Performance VP assists new members in prioritizing the song list based on current performance line up list.


Demonstrating mastery of the notes and words is merely the beginning of great ensemble singing.  Qualifying on a song is not the end, but the start of a good performance.

Once a singer has passed a song, that song is forever approved and does not need to be repeated except by special circumstances as announced by the Director and Music & Performance VP.

New songs become part of the repertoire when 80% of the active membership has qualified on the song.  The goal is to have achieved this mark within 6 weeks of introducing the song.


John Zimmerman, Tenor
Jerry Schwebel,  Tenor
Rick Ashby, Lead
Paul Stober, Lead
Jim Herrick, Lead
Steve Sturgis, Baritone
Dwight Hershberger, Baritone
Shaun Ressler, Bass
Larry Lamberth, Bass
Bud Hart, Bass