I have 3 groups: Chorus, Orff, and Recorders. For performances we work on one production that combines all 3 groups. Usually we do two major performances; a Winter holiday performance and a spring musical.
My chorus is made up of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. I take any student who wants to be a part of the group. Yes, this does mean that some of them are not necessarily my best singers. Here's my feeling....if a kid is interested and willing, who am I to crush their interest by in any way letting them know that they aren't as capable. These kids rehearse once a week for an hour after school. My numbers range any where from 40 - 75 from year to year.
Orff is open to only 4th and 5th graders since some of the things we work on are more complicated than the 3rd grade concepts. We rehearse on a separate day than chorus but still only once a week. I do not audition for this ensemble.
Recorders is open to 5th graders so that I can ensure that they have learned the pitches that they will need to be able to perform.
To be in any of my ensembles the students have to have a signed contract for the group and pay an activity fee. The fees go towards a t-shirt and any materials that we will need for the performances.
This is my contract:
The only thing I think I will add this year is a photo/video release blurb.