Singer Notes

Greeting singers: Check back often for helpful links for learning this season’s music! (updated 11/12/19)
(Click HERE to scroll down this page to the videos.)

General Information for Singers for the Fall 2019 Concert season – ‘Realms of Glory’:

The concert date and time is Sunday, December 15th at 4PM with a call time for singers approximately 2PM.

Tickets: Pick up an order form from the table at rehearsal. Richard has the tickets available. Reduced and group (10 or more) rates for advanced sales available until Tuesday, December 10th. Full price tickets will be available at the door.
CDs and DVDs: Order a CD ($20) or DVD ($25) of the concert by signing at rehearsal. Up front payment is required.
Concert Attire: If you have any questions about concert attire, please speak to Ruth Lyon (soprano). She can provide specifics about what is acceptable.
Ads, Patrons and Boosters: The deadline for submitting Ads, Patrons and Boosters is November 19th. Only two more Tuesdays to get them in. Forms are on the table at rehearsals.

There will be no rehearsal on Tuesday, November 26th. This is Thanksgiving week. James believes we are in good shape enough shape to miss one week. Thank you, James!

DDOA Challenge: As you must know by now, the Delaware Division of the Arts is offering to match any donations we receive from now until the end of the year (up to $25,000). This means that for every qualifying dollar we receive from now until December 31st, the DDOA will give us $1. Thanks to everyone who has made an extra effort to meet this challenge! Keep it going! We have until December 31st.
How can you help?
Purchase a patron or booster for the concert program (or sell to friends/family). You can sell patrons and boosters not only for the fall program, but also for the spring program. As long as we have the money by December 31st it counts! (Thank you Judy McNamire for this idea.)
Contribute to our GoFundMe page to help pay for the seated risers or write a check and give it to Richard at rehearsal.
*Sell an ad to an area business for our concert program.
**Participate in any of our fundraisers listed at the end of this email.
* The purchase of ads for our program is not a “donation” and not eligible for matching funds. However, ads not only show business support for our organization, but also target a market for our business supporters.
**Some of our fundraisers may not be eligible for the matching funds.

Upcoming Events of Interest:
Saturday, November 16th at 7:30PM: The Friends of Folk will present their monthly Coffee House Concert at Bennett Chapel (a.k.a. Wesley College Chapel).
Sunday, November 24th at 3PM: The Dover Symphony Orchestra will be performing their Holiday Concert at Dover Downs.
Sunday, December 8th at 4PM: The Capital Ringers will present Ring Christmas Bells at the Dover Presbyterian Church. They will be performing this concert throughout lower Delaware from November 23rd through December 14th.

Outreach Ensemble rehearsals are Sundays from 4-5:30PM in the choir room at Wesley UMC. All paid members of the Delaware Choral Society are welcome to join the DCS Outreach Ensemble without audition. The DCS Outreach Ensemble is a group of volunteers, led by Jim Byrne, who prepare popular music for performance by invitation at area venues. We have sung at Westminster Village, Dover Place, Spring Meadow, Modern Maturity Center, and Harvest Years, among others. We can always use more singers. I guarantee it’s a lot of fun. The Outreach Ensemble will be appearing at the Century Club on the Green on Wednesday, November 6th at 1PM.

All regular rehearsals will be held Tuesdays, 7-9PM in the fellowship hall at Wesley UMC. The final rehearsal will be at Dover High School auditorium and will begin at 6PM. Please try to attend every rehearsal. Our attendance policy requires that if you miss more than 3 rehearsals you must get approval from the artistic director, Dr. James Wilson, to sing in the concert. If James feels it is necessary, he may require you to demonstrate you know the music. Even if you feel confident in the music, others are depending on your presence. Also, having the full choir at every rehearsal is crucial for James to be able to judge the balance of sound.

Please always enter and exit the church through the portico door.Other doors should always remain locked. This is a security issue for the church so please comply. Thank you.

The concert date and time is December 15th at 4PM with a call time for singers approximately 2PM (James will provide the exact time at the final rehearsal). Please put this date on your calendar! We will need volunteers to help with setting up the stage for the final rehearsal and the concert. If you are interested in helping, please see Page Boyce (tenor), Richard Satter (bass and treasurer) or any other board member. We will also need volunteers to be ushers and help with the front of the house during the concert. Please start thinking now of anyone you may know who can help.

If you borrowed your music please follow these guidelines:Only mark your music with pencil that can be later erased. Do NOT use pen or highligher. You may 3-hole punch your music to fit into a 3-ring binder, but please be careful that you don’t punch a hole through the actual music. If you find you cannot sing in the concert, please return your music as soon as possible. You will be expected to pay for any music not returned. There will be a place to drop your borrowed music immediately after the concert. Please do not leave the concert venue without returning your music.

Concert Dress: While the board has not yet voted on the concert dress code for this season, here is some general information about how we dress on stage: Women wear all black from neck to toe. This includes long sleeves, black stockings and black shoes. Jewelry will be kept to a minimum (wedding and engagement rings are ok). We usually wear white pearl earrings and a white pearl string necklace. Men wear a black tuxedo with a white shirt and black bow tie, black socks and black shoes.

Board of Directors:Any paid DCS member is eligible to be on the DCS Board of Directors. Elections for new board members are usually held a couple weeks before our spring concert. However, we do currently have two vacancies that need to be filled and can be filled by appointment. If you are interested, please speak to any board member.

And now for more fundraisers…

Redner’s Gift Cards – ongoing fundraiser: Purchase a $100 gift card for Redner’s Warehouse Market and purchase $100 worth of groceries and gas. For every $100 gift card sold DCS keeps $5. Buy them for yourself, or as a gift for someone else. See Judy McNamire (soprano) if you are interested.

Amazon Smile – ongoing fundraiser: If you have an account with, you can use that same account and make your purchases through Just select Delaware Choral Society as the charity you want to support and order whatever you want. Amazon will donate around 1% of your purchase to DCS.

Peanuts! Get Your Peanuts! Jim Byrne (bass) is selling bags of Texas Roadhouse peanuts for $3 per bag. With each bag you get a coupon for a free appetizer at Texas Roadhouse.

Ads, Patrons and Boosters: These are for our concert program booklet. Forms will be available at rehearsals. You can sell to area businesses, friends and family.

GoFundMe: Last year we purchased a set of risers so we no longer have to scramble to borrow risers from area schools. We borrowed money to pay for them and we need to repay that debt. Click here to go to our GoFundMe page and make a donation. That donation will go directly to paying off the risers.

Christmas Ornaments: We still have DCS Christmas ornaments available for $5. They are red Christmas balls with the DCS angel logo surrounded by “Delaware Choral Society – In Harmony Since 1957”. Please see Joanne if you are interested.

Hand Creams for Sale! Judy Keenan (soprano) will be selling organic, all natural body/ hand cream. $5 for 2 ounces and $10 for 4 ounces. These make nice Christmas gifts! Judy makes these creams herself and will donate 1/2 of the proceeds of what she sells Tuesday night to DCS. The DDOA will match that donation! Thank you Judy!

Videos to Rehearse By: