Hibernian Festival Singers      Long Island, New York
Think you'd like to join

Please call Ronnie Allen 631-665-1371 to let him know, but here is some information for you!

Pre-Audition Information

Pat Walker, our Vice President, is the coordinator for new members.  An audition is required and will be conducted by our Director and Conductor, Christopher Bilella. You are welcome to attend up to four consecutive rehearsals prior to being auditioned

 Our choir has multiple sections (Soprano I and II, Alto I and II, Tenor, and Bass I and II)If you are an experienced chorister and know where you belong, you may sing with that section until you are auditioned. If you are unsure, Pat will assist you in selecting a temporary section assignment so that you will be comfortable as you begin to learn our music.  Following a successful audition, the Director will assign you to a section and will advise the section leader.

 Prior to audition, Pat will let you know when and where rehearsals are held. Our “regular” rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:00 pm at Bay Shore High School.  However, that is subject to change depending on the Directors schedule, the schools calendar, etc.  Once you have been accepted into the choir, you will be placed into our Calling Postsystem and will be advised by phone of any schedule changes.

Responsibilities of Active Members

1. Members are expected to attend all rehearsals and sectional rehearsals. Your section leader should be notified if you will be absent. If you cannot reach your section leader, then you should advise Pat Walker or Ronnie Allen. Failure to attend rehearsals may result in your not being allowed to perform at concerts. Attendance at the last 2 rehearsals before a performance is mandatory if you are to perform.

2.  All members are expected to record the rehearsals for the purpose of practicing between rehearsals.

3.  All music and words must be memorized, except for Mass music. (black  binder)

4.  Purchase music as needed; members may

       purchase it from our Music Librarian.

5.  Purchase the appropriate performance wear in consultation with our Wardrobe Chair.

6.  Pay annual dues (currently $125) in September of each year to your section leader.

      7.  Support and participate in fund raisers.
      8.   Check email for important information and Chris’ rehearsal notes

Board Members

 President: Ronnie Allen
Director/Conductor Christopher Bilella
Vice President: Pat Walker
Recording Secretary/Calling Post: Molly Olsen
Treasurer: Bob Coletti
Asst. Director and Webmaster: Maire Aquilina
Librarian: Barbara Skeahan
Publicity: Janet Brennan
Historian: Carol Canavan
Wardrobe Committee: Mary Ellen Walsh and Vicki Luckman
Fundraising Committee Chair: Brian Maher
Membership Committee Chair: Marueen McKean
Tax Consultant/Financial Advisor: John Auer

Music Committee:
Brian McCue, Chair
Joan Bielitz, Secretary
Sopranos: Kathleen Sullivan, Florence Ayrovainen
Altos: Doris Emrick, Barbara Skeahan
Tenors: Brian McCue, Hank MacLellan
Basses: John Auer

Section Leaders:
Sopranos: Eileen Maynard, Maureen McKean
Altos: Joan Bielitz,  Carol  Canavan
Tenors: Rich Maynard, Larry Jones
Basses: John Auer, Jim Emma


Pianist: Diane O’Neill
Pianist: Christopher Hopkins
Pianist: Katie Malpigli
Violinist: Christina Mendolia

Performance Wear
Men—Formal  Tuxedo
                        Bow tie (green/black)
                        Cummerbund (green/black)
                        Black shoes
Men—Informal  Green blazer
                          White shirt
                          Green tie
                          Black pants/shoes (fall/winter)

Women - Formal     Long black skirt with black shell/cardigan top  with diamond earrings
                                Black and white gown (Nude Hose) with pearl necklace/earring
                                No bracelets, watches, necklaces or head bands
Women - Informal Long or short sleeved white blouse with black slacks
                              Black hose(Columbus Day to April 15) black closed shoe
                             Green polo shirt/black slacks

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