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What is Windsong's mission?

Windsong is an organization of women and their supporters which strives to:

-Empower women through their participation in the performance of music.

-Effect social change through the performance of music that is diverse, women-supportive and environmentally responsible.

-Build community and provide education through partnerships with like-minded organizations.

Do you accept donations?

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we rely on a network of public and private support to fund our activities. Like all arts groups, the cost of a concert ticket pays less than 50% of the total cost of a performance.

Please visit our donation page for information on all the different ways we accept donations!

All donations are tax-deductible.

Do I need to be LGBTQ+ to sing? Can I sing with you if I’m transgender or genderqueer?

We accept all woman-identified, gender-nonconforming, non-binary, fluid, and transgender individuals, with a goal of diversity in age, ethnicity, interests, beliefs, values, sexual orientation, and gender-identity. Our members come from diverse LGBTQ+ and straight communities.

How old do I have to be to join?

We accept members from ages 15-115! Minors will need to submit written permission of a parent or legal guardian in order to join, and must show earnest interest and skill.

How do I join?

Interested in singing with us? Fabulous! The joining process is fairly straightforward.

First, please contact Windsong’s Artistic Director, Heather Russell, at windsongdirector@gmail.com.

Prospective members will be invited to attend several practices at the beginning of a concert cycle before deciding if they want to join. Once a decision is made, part or all of dues will be paid and new members can take music home.

When and where do you rehearse?

Rehearsals are on Sundays from 4:30-6:45PM. The next concert cycle rehearsals will begin on August 11, 2019.

Location: We are in the process of changing our rehearsal space. An announcement will be made soon, but the space is located in downtown Cleveland.

Are there membership dues?

Membership dues are an important part of the Chorus budget. Dues are currently $60 per concert, or just $115 if you pay dues for the whole season by September 30th.

While dues are a large part of our budget, we will not turn anyone away for inability to pay. Arrangements can be made with our Financial Manager or Treasurer. No one will be turned away because of inability to pay.

What is the attendance policy?

Every voice matters and each member is expected to attend all rehearsals. If you can commit to attending the designated minimum number of rehearsals in a concert cycle, you are welcome to sing in that cycle’s concert. Those with chronic illnesses and/or medical conditions may speak to the Artistic Director about potential accommodations.

Do I have to read music to join?

Do you sing in the shower? Or in your car along with the radio? You can join! No experience reading music is necessary. Your fellow section members are more than willing to help and we have sectionals, as well as rehearsal CDs to aid all members in learning their parts.

NOTE: members will need a valid email address in order to stay up to date with communication within the chorus, info on sectionals, and to get access to rehearsal music.

Can I contribute in a non-singing capacity?

Interested in joining Windsong, but not sure you can make the commitment to sing? There are two separate opportunities for non-singing members to participate:

1) Join the Crescendos, our non-singing member section. Crescendo membership grants access to voting rights and attendance at our annual meeting, the opportunity to serve on various committees or on the Core Group Board, access to Windsong’s internal communications, and opportunities to perform at selected events. Dues for Crescendo members are $25 a concert cycle or $50 for a whole year.

2) For every concert we welcome an intrepid crew of volunteers known as Grace Notes. You will see them taking tickets, handing out programs, selling raffle tickets, helping at the reception—whatever needs doing to allow Windsong members to focus on singing. Grace Notes, we are so grateful, and we love you!

For more information on joining Windsong as a Crescendo or Grace Note, please contact our Administrative Assistant at windsongcleoffice@gmail.com.

Are Windsong practices accessible?

Rehearsal Space

Accessibility is extremely important to Windsong. We are in the process of changing to a new rehearsal space and will include info on elevators, parking, bathrooms, everything ADA-related, etc. as soon as that information is available to us.

Scents, Allergens, and Pets

In both official (i.e. rehearsals or concerts) and unofficial events (social gatherings), we have strict rules against wearing scented products so that members with serious medical sensitivities and allergies can participate. This includes, but is not limited to: hair products, deodorants, perfumes, dryer sheets, and other scented products. Please follow good asthma etiquette. Wear clothes that are as free of pet hair and dander as you can make them. Do not smoke directly before rehearsal.

Sensory

It is perfectly acceptable and encouraged for those with sensory difficulties or sensitivities to take care of their needs. Members are welcome to wear ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones outside of performance time.

Contact Sara, our Administrative Assistant, at windsongcleoffice@gmail.com with questions about accessibility.

When are performances?

Full concert performances generally take place twice a year in the spring and fall/winter. Windsong's next full concert will be held the weekend of November 15th-17th, 2019. Stay tuned for further information.

Windsong also performs in a variety of community gigs and engagements throughout the year, but these performances are on a volunteer basis and generally not mandatory. Please visit our upcoming events page for more details.

Are Windsong events accessible?

ASL interpretation Dwana Crawford, from the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, has been our ASL interpreter at every major Windsong concert for several years now.

BOP STOP @ The Music Settlement Our concert on 5/3 will take place at BOP STOP which is fully ADA compliant and certified. There are no steps between the parking lot and entrance and there are ADA-compliant restrooms.

Near West Theatre Our next full concert on 5/5 will take place at New West Theatre.

Please see this fabulous page on their website regarding accessibility: http://www.nearwesttheatre.org/pages/accessibility

Do you have a code of conduct?

Along with Windsong standing rules, we are proud to have joined We Have Voice, a coalition setting new anti-harassment and nondiscrimination standards for creative and performance spaces. We have adopted the We Have Voice Code of Conduct, which will be enforced throughout our rehearsals, performances, and administrative spaces. We are proud to create safe spaces for our performers, audience, and employees. More information on We Have Voice is available here: https://too-many.org/