As I’ve said a couple of times, there are rules of conduct that we are expected to follow while we are at MPA. We will discuss these in class on Tuesday and again on Friday before we leave. However, they are so important that I’m listing them here. These are taken from the Florida Vocal Association handbook.
Listening: A vital part of the evaluation is listening to other groups perform. Choirs are required to remain in the auditorium for the entire block. Violation of attendance policies will result in disqualification.
1. Director should brief all students on the rules of conduct so that they are thoroughly understood. (That’s what I’m doing here.)
2. The following rules apply specifically to the MPA site:
- Reasonable quiet should be maintained at all times.
- Radios, recorders, beepers, cell phones, watch alarms, and other portable sound sources are distracting and must be turned off at the performance venue. Violation of this rule will result in confiscation by an FVA officer, who will take the device to the FVA office until the school checks out. The device will be returned to the director.
- No one is to enter or leave an adjudication room while a performance is in progress.
- No flash pictures may be taken during any performance. (And since your cell phones must be off, no pictures with cell phones.)
- No food or drink is permitted in any adjudication or warm-up room.
- Individual schools are responsible for any property damage that is caused by any of their participants.
Infraction of any rules will result in disqualification of the entry.
As you can tell, Florida Vocal Association is very serious about these rules. So, what does it mean for us? It means that, once we get off the bus, we are QUIET. We will line up and stay together at all times. Once inside the auditorium, you will stay in your seat until we are called to go to the warm-up room. We will do that quietly, as well. When we finish sight-singing and return to the auditorium, we will sit quietly and listen respectfully to the other choruses. You can applaud the other performances, but this is not a place for whistling, screaming, or any other sound to acknowledge a performance. When we are finished, we will leave the auditorium in a quiet, orderly fashion.
As far as I’m concerned, how you act is as important as how you sing. Remember, the judges will see you in the auditorium before they see you on stage. Impress them with your good behavior as soon as you walk in the door. Don’t be like the person in the picture!