Thank you for your interest in singing online with Novus Diem for Spring 2021. Please fill out this survey to get registered.
Novus Diem Chorale is a new choir set up by Dr. Seán Boulware. A choir that sings major choral works, with an orchestra. Novus Diem is beginning its inaugural season online because of the pandemic, and also to encourage singers from all over the world to participate. Live rehearsals will take place on Facebook (private unsearchable page) on Wednesday Evenings from 7:00pm - 8:15pm Pacific Time. But due to time changes and people from all over the world, you may rehearse on your own time whenever you want. Sectional rehearsals will appear for singers on Facebook at 9am pacific time on Thursday Mornings. We will also have periodic zoom meetings to check in with each other and be a community (for those that wish that). There is no audition necessary for this choir, although the conductor may choose to do a hearing to check for section placement. The end product will be to make audio and video recordings of each singer to be used and put together for a Virtual Choir Video presentation at the end of the season. The season begins on Feb 17 and goes until June 2. There is no rehearsal attendance policy, you may attend rehearsals as you see fit. There will be periodic singing assessments to help singers grow in skill and check singer's progress with positive reinforcement and encouragement.
Repertoire will be voted on by each singer. The voting is at the end of this registration.
Because this is a self-sustaining choir, we currently have no sponsors or financial backing from a city or business entity, the choir members are required to pay dues for each season. Dues are determined by the expenses the choir must incur. Dues cover staff salaries, music, rehearsal tracks, shipping costs, choir technology, website costs, video, and audio editing team payments, sectional rehearsal creation, and a few more legal things like performance licensing, and ASCAP licensing. Dues are also based on the number of singers that sign up for the choir. The more the singers, the less the dues. Right now up to 50 singers the dues are $225 per singer. While that might seem high, remember that you get what amounts to a private voice lesson each rehearsal and it only costs $14.06 for each of 15 lessons. DUES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE. Once paid, they are depended upon. If a singer quits after paying dues, there will be no refunds or partial refunds.
The choir is looking and beginning the process of becoming a 501c3 non-profit entity, and as such would give us the power to search for grants, and other financial sponsors that would greatly reduce dues costs in the future. But for now, we are where we are. Dues will not be charged until registration numbers are known. Then an invoice will be sent to you via PayPal which you can pay at that time, or make payments. All fees must be paid by Feb 24th. At this time, unless a generous donor provides sponsorship, there are no scholarship funds available. If you are interested in being a donor for scholarships, please contact Dr. Boulware, and arrange for that. Also, if you are interested in becoming a board member of Novus Diem to help the choir get their Non-Profit Status, we would welcome that. We have seats for 7 board members. Officers include a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Artistic Chair, Membership Chair, and Fundraising Chair.
We must have a minimum of 50 singers register for the choir or the choir is not financially sustainable and will be canceled. We do feel confident that we will reach that number as this is an exciting opportunity to sing Master Literature and create excellence in performance! It's a NEW DAY!