Concert Attire and Choir Etiquette

Concert Attire for
Fall, Winter and Spring Concerts


Black floor length dress, ordered through the choir. Black hose and black shoes; dress shoes are preferred. For your comfort, it is suggested that you wear flats rather than heels.


Black tuxedo pants, single breasted (no tails), black tuxedo coat, black tuxedo bow tie and wing collar tuxedo white dress shirt (to be purchased individually or ordered through the choir). Black shoes and socks; dress shoes are preferred.


1. Please wear only small, unobtrusive jewelry; large or flashy jewelry detracts from the overall appearance of the choir. Many women have chosen to wear a single strand of pearls.

2. As some people are allergic to perfume, after-shave lotions, hairspray, etc., please use these items sparingly and preferably not at all. Often a scent does not seem to be overpowering until we are under the lights on a warm stage.


Dress Rehearsal and Pre-Concert Warm Up

1. Allow ample time to take care of personal needs before the rehearsal begins. Please be punctual, so that rehearsals can begin and end on time. When the rehearsal begins, please take your place on the risers quickly and quietly.

2. Please refrain from talking or milling about while the orchestra is rehearsing. This not only shows respect for the instrumentalists, but helps to shorten rehearsal time as well.

3. Please be sure your music is marked and/or paper-clipped, as necessary prior to the dress rehearsal, so that you will be able to find your place in the music quickly, with the least amount of distraction.


At The Concert

1. Try to be rested and relaxed on concert day; a positive attitude will help our concert be successful. Be alert and prepared for any last minute changes that may occur.

2. Line up to enter the performance area quickly and quietly so that you will be able to hear any directions that might be given.

3. Carry music in your upstage hand (the one facing away from the audience) when entering and exiting the performance area. During the performance wait for the director’s signal before raising or lowering your music.

4. When a soloist or the orchestra is performing a long section, try to be as quiet as possible. Following along in your score, humming or singing with the soloist, or speaking to others is unprofessional and distracting.

5. Standing for long periods of time can become uncomfortable. To reduce back strain, stand with one foot slightly in front of the other, with your knees slightly bent. Above all, AVOID LOCKING YOUR KNEES, as this increases the stress on your legs and lower back.

6. Remain relaxed, but attentive, during the performance. SMILE!! It looks good and will help you sing better.