FAQ

About Spirito

Who can sing with Spirito Singers?


Spirito Singers welcomes treble singers in grades 5-12 who are femme-expressing or gender nonbinary to our Ragazze and Bravura ensembles. We also welcome men with changed voices ages 18+ in our Men of Spirito ensemble.




I’m interested in singing with Spirito! What do I need to do?


All new singers are required to sing an audition prior to enrollment. Please visit our Auditions Page to register for an audition. During this time of social distancing, Spirito will hold both virtual and in-person auditions. Singers do not need to prepare anything for their audition, which is designed to be relaxed and informal. Singers should be prepared to vocalize to determine range, sing a simple song without accompaniment, play some pitch-matching and rhythm games, and sight-read (Bravura only). Auditions will last between 10 and 15 minutes, and parents/guardians must accompany their children to auditions.




What is the attendance policy?


Spirito rehearsals and elective classes are fast-paced, engaging, and full of new material each week. Thus, it’s extremely important that singers do their best to be present and punctual for every rehearsal. However, we understand that things come up, and occasional absences are necessary. Singers are allowed up to 4 absences per semester, which can be taken for any reason. No makeup rehearsals will be available. An excess of 4 absences might result in a singer being excused from an upcoming concert or tour. Whenever possible, singers should report their absences to their ensemble director and elective class teacher ahead of time so as to find out what they’ll miss and keep up with the class. If singers miss a rehearsal, they should reach out to their section leader to find out what pieces were covered and get any notes or special instructions from that week. If a singer is marked tardy to rehearsal or elective three times, it will count as one absence. Singers who arrive at rehearsal after warmups begin are marked tardy. All singers must attend the mandatory dress rehearsal the week of the concert. Any singer who is absent from the mandatory rehearsal will not be permitted to sing the concert. All singers must be on-time for their concert call. Any singer who arrives late to the concert call might not be permitted to perform.




What are service activities?


Service activities are an integral part of our mission, and allow our singers to share their gifts with our communities. Past service activities have included providing music in worship services, singing at nursing homes and assisted living centers, performing at community events, and volunteering at homeless shelters and food pantries. Service activities are considered mandatory performances and participation is required for all singers within the ensemble(s) serving at that event. Conflicts with service dates should be communicated IMMEDIATELY to the ensemble director.





Registration and Tuition Payments

How can I apply for Financial Assistance or a Scholarship?


Please submit a financial assistance application to cfitzsimmons@spiritosingers.org prior to registration. If you’d like to apply for a full-tuition scholarship, your student will need to complete the scholarship supplement in addition to their financial assistance application. Financial assistance is awarded on a sliding scale and on a first-come, first-served basis. Please visit our Scholarships and Financial Assistance page for more information.




What is the Withdrawal and Refund Policy?


If a singer needs to withdraw from a Spirito ensemble before the end of the semester, the following refund policy will apply: Singers withdrawing before the first rehearsal will receive a full tuition refund, minus any registration and processing fees. Singers withdrawing before the third week of rehearsals will receive a 50% tuition refund. Singers withdrawing after the third week of rehearsals will not receive any refund. Singers withdrawing on payment plans are subject to the above deadlines. Registration fees are non-refundable.




What is the tuition and do I need to register for the entire season?


Bravura
$850/season
$500/single semester

Ragazze
$750/season
$450/single semester
Although the majority of singers sing with us for the entire season, a singer may register for just one semester if they have an unmovable commitment in the Fall or Spring. Enrollment for a single semester requires approval from Artistic Director. Please contact Carling FitzSimmons at cfitzsimmons@spiritosingers.org.





Uniforms

Who can sing with Spirito Singers?


Spirito Singers welcomes treble singers in grades 5-12 who are femme-expressing or gender nonbinary to our Ragazze and Bravura ensembles. We also welcome men with changed voices ages 18+ in our Men of Spirito ensemble.




I’m interested in singing with Spirito! What do I need to do?


All new singers are required to sing an audition prior to enrollment. Please visit our Auditions Page to register for an audition. During this time of social distancing, Spirito will hold both virtual and in-person auditions. Singers do not need to prepare anything for their audition, which is designed to be relaxed and informal. Singers should be prepared to vocalize to determine range, sing a simple song without accompaniment, play some pitch-matching and rhythm games, and sight-read (Bravura only). Auditions will last between 10 and 15 minutes, and parents/guardians must accompany their children to auditions.




What is the attendance policy?


Spirito rehearsals and elective classes are fast-paced, engaging, and full of new material each week. Thus, it’s extremely important that singers do their best to be present and punctual for every rehearsal. However, we understand that things come up, and occasional absences are necessary. Singers are allowed up to 4 absences per semester, which can be taken for any reason. No makeup rehearsals will be available. An excess of 4 absences might result in a singer being excused from an upcoming concert or tour. Whenever possible, singers should report their absences to their ensemble director and elective class teacher ahead of time so as to find out what they’ll miss and keep up with the class. If singers miss a rehearsal, they should reach out to their section leader to find out what pieces were covered and get any notes or special instructions from that week. If a singer is marked tardy to rehearsal or elective three times, it will count as one absence. Singers who arrive at rehearsal after warmups begin are marked tardy. All singers must attend the mandatory dress rehearsal the week of the concert. Any singer who is absent from the mandatory rehearsal will not be permitted to sing the concert. All singers must be on-time for their concert call. Any singer who arrives late to the concert call might not be permitted to perform.




What are service activities?


Service activities are an integral part of our mission, and allow our singers to share their gifts with our communities. Past service activities have included providing music in worship services, singing at nursing homes and assisted living centers, performing at community events, and volunteering at homeless shelters and food pantries. Service activities are considered mandatory performances and participation is required for all singers within the ensemble(s) serving at that event. Conflicts with service dates should be communicated IMMEDIATELY to the ensemble director.





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