Greater South Jersey Chorus

Frequently Asked Questions

Chorus Calendar

How do I get my chorus concerts and other events onto the website Chorus Calendar page?

Log in to your NJCC membership portal Chorus Connection account and click Manage, then Calendar, then New Event. Enter the information and click Save. The event will appear on our website Chorus Calendar automatically in about 24 hours. If you’re not sure who (if anyone) from your chorus has activated an account, please email us. There are no extra dues or other fees to use the portal besides your chorus organizational membership dues.

What information about my chorus concerts and other events should I post?

DO: Start with the name of your chorus and event title in the Name section; enter the date, time, and location; state whether the event is virtual, in-person, or hybrid; enter a short description and a website, email or phone number for tickets/information in the Info section. We encourage you to post your concerts as soon as the date is decided, even if not all details have been firmed up. This helps other choruses avoid date conflicts and duplicated repertoire.

DO NOT: enable RSVPs; include a performers’ call time; list rehearsals or private events; list events by organizations that are not members of NJCC.

How do I change the information about an event already posted on the website Chorus Calendar?

Log in to your NJCC membership portal Chorus Connection account and click Calendar. Click the event you want to change and click Edit. Make the changes and click Save. If you want to delete the event completely, click Delete. The changes will appear on our website Chorus Calendar automatically in about 24 hours. Event listings can be updated at any time. Any chorus representative can change or delete an event. Please do not change or delete an event for a chorus you do not represent.

How do I get my chorus fundraisers, workshops, open sings and other events onto the NJCC website?

Member choruses may post all events that are open to the public, paid or free of charge, virtual or in-person. Log in to your NJCC Chorus Connection account and click Manage, then click Calendar, then click New Event. Enter the information and click Save. The event will appear on our website Chorus Calendar automatically in about 24 hours. Please do not post invitation-only events that are just for your chorus members, alumni, families, subscribers, or donors.

How do I get my chorus virtual events onto the NJCC website?

If your member chorus is holding virtual events on specific dates, log in to your Chorus Connection account and post them on the Calendar. They will appear on our website Chorus Calendar automatically in about 24 hours. On-demand recordings without specific dates will not appear on our website, but you can post a notice on the Chorus Connection Bulletin Board. We’ll copy and paste Chorus Connection Calendar events and relevant Bulletin Board posts to our newsletter.

How do I get my chorus auditions onto the NJCC website?

If your member chorus is holding auditions or other singer recruitment events on specific dates, log in to your Chorus Connection account and post them on the Calendar. They will appear on our website Chorus Calendar automatically in about 24 hours. Auditions that are ongoing without specific dates will not appear on our website, but you can post a notice on the Chorus Connection Bulletin Board. We’ll copy and paste Chorus Connection Calendar events and relevant Bulletin Board posts to our newsletter.

Membership Portal

How do I create an account for my chorus on the NJCC Chorus Connection portal?

Each member chorus can have one or more representatives with accounts on our portal. Usually it’s the director, president, and publicity manager. If you want to create a portal account for yourself or someone else as a representative of your chorus, please email us. You may give your login and password to others in your chorus to share your account, but only one person at a time will be able to use the same login and password. There is no extra fee to use the portal other than your chorus organizational membership dues.

How do change my account information on the NJCC Chorus Connection portal?

If you want to make changes to your own account, you can do that yourself by logging into your NJCC membership portal Chorus Connection account and clicking My Account. If you want to change someone else’s account, contact that person; you can only change your own account. If you want to change or inactivate an account for someone who is no longer in your chorus or doesn’t need to use the portal, please email us.

How do I post a concert or other event on the NJCC Chorus Connection portal calendar?

After logging in to your NJCC membership portal Chorus Connection account, next to My Account on the top right:

  • Click Manage, then Click New Event (the blue box next to Calendar at the top).
  • Enter your event information and click Save.

Tip: If you don’t see the calendar at all, the problem is on your end. Try enlarging your window. If that doesn’t fix it, quit and try it with a different browser (Chrome, Safari, Edge, etc. – different ones seem to work better at different times).

 Please do:

  • Start with the name of your chorus and event title in the Name section, and state whether the event is virtual, in-person, or hybrid.
  • Add a short description, state the cost (or free of charge), and provide a website/social media link, email, or phone number for tickets, registration, and information in the Info

 Please do not:

  • Click RSVPs. (This would only go to internal NJCC members, not your audience.)
  • Click Call Time, Track Attendance, Restrict Access, or Concert. (These are used by choruses to manage rehearsals.)
  • List rehearsals or private events just for your chorus members, board, subscribers, or donors.
  • List events by organizations that are not NJCC members.

Your concerts and other events will appear on the Chorus Connection Calendar immediately. In about 24 hours, they’ll appear on the NJCC website Chorus Calendar. Upcoming events will be copied and pasted into the NJCC newsletter.

How do I change the information already posted about an event on the NJCC Chorus Connection portal calendar?

Log in to your NJCC membership portal Chorus Connection account. Click Manage, then Calendar. Click the event you want to change and click Edit. Make the changes and click Save. If you want to delete the event completely, click Delete. The changes will appear on the portal calendar immediately, and on our website Chorus Calendar in about 24 hours.

How do I stop getting NJCC Bulletin Board posts emailed to me?

When you activate your portal account, you’ll automatically get all NJCC portal Bulletin Board posts emailed to you. To stop receiving them, log in to your NJCC membership portal Chorus Connection account. Click Bulletin Board, then Change (just above the messages). Click Never, then click Save.

What else can I do on the NJCC Chorus Connection portal?

• To find resources we’ve posted for our members, click Files at the top. Click the folder name, then click Open to read it or Download to get a copy you can save on your computer.
• To post questions and notices for other members or the NJCC newsletter, click Bulletin Board at the top, then click New Post. Enter the Subject and Text, then click Save. Your post will be automatically emailed to members on our Chorus Connection portal who chose to receive Bulletin Board emails. Relevant posts will be copied and pasted into the NJCC newsletter.
• To stop receiving emails about Bulletin Board posts, click Bulletin Board, then Change (just above the messages). Click Never, then click Save.
• To send an email to a specific member, click Members, then click the person’s email address. To send an email to all representatives of your chorus listed on the portal, click My Account, then Communications. Under Groups I Can Email, click the email address shown for your chorus. A blank email will be created for you to complete and send.
• To learn more about other members, such as the chorus they’re in, click Members, then the person’s name. The chorus the person represents for NJCC is under Choral Organization at the top. For those in more than one chorus, additional choruses are listed under Groups at the bottom. Click Close when done.
• To see all representatives for a chorus, click Members, then enter the chorus name (or part of the name) in the Search box, then press or click Return or Enter on your computer.

How much does Chorus Connection cost?

Your chorus’s NJCC membership dues allow your chorus representatives to use our portal free of charge for purposes related to NJCC. Chorus Connection provides free accounts only to choral consortia such as NJCC. Chorus Connection sells accounts to choruses to keep track of their own membership. The cost to the chorus depends on the size of the chorus. NJCC does not promote or sell software for Chorus Connection or any other company. Chorus Connection staff do not send unsolicited promotional messages to NJCC member choruses.

Do I need 2 different logins and passwords, 1 for the NJCC membership portal and 1 for the NJCC website? Or 1 for the NJCC membership portal and 1 for the Chorus Connection system that my chorus bought to manage its own membership records?

No. There is no login or password for the NJCC website, only for our Chorus Connection portal. If your chorus bought a Chorus Connection system to manage its own membership records, you can use the same login and password for both, but you will have 2 different profiles. After logging in to Chorus Connection, you can switch from one profile to the other by clicking the Chorus Connection logo.

Why does NJCC have both a website and a Chorus Connection membership portal?

We use our website for the general public to learn about choruses in NJ, and for our members and potential new members to learn more about us. We use our Chorus Connection membership portal for NJCC members to communicate privately with each other, to post events for our website Chorus Calendar, and to post notices for our newsletter. We also post helpful resources and copies of our workshop handouts on the portal for our members.

Newsletter

How do I get my chorus concerts and other events into the NJCC newsletter?

Log in to your Chorus Connection membership portal account and enter the event on the calendar. All upcoming member concerts and other events posted on our membership portal calendar will be copied and pasted into the NJCC newsletter.

How do I get my chorus job openings and other notices into the NJCC newsletter?

Log in to your Chorus Connection membership portal account and click Bulletin Board at the top, then click New Post. Enter the Subject and Text, then click Save. Your post will be automatically emailed to members on our Chorus Connection portal who chose to receive our Bulletin Board emails. Your post will appear in the NJCC newsletter if relevant to non-members.

What is the NJCC newsletter publication schedule?

The NJCC newsletter is published 4 to 6 times a year. The publication schedule varies depending on when our volunteers have the time.

How do I subscribe to the NJCC newsletter?

Click “Subscribe to our email newsletter” at the bottom of every page of our website.

How do I unsubscribe from the NJCC newsletter?

At the bottom of every email we send from MailChimp, there are links to unsubscribe or change your email preferences. Unsubscribe will take effect immediately, whether or not you click Submit. You may also email us if you want to unsubscribe or change your preferences.

How do I read past issues of the NJCC newsletter?

To read past newsletter issues, click Read Our Newsletter on the About Us page on our website.

Membership

How do I find out if my chorus is a member of NJCC?

Look at our Member Choruses page. If the chorus is listed there, it’s a member (although sometimes the chorus dues payments might not be up to date).

How do I find out if my member chorus dues payments are up to date?

Please email us if you’re not sure whether your chorus dues were paid. We keep our member choruses listed on our website for a while, even if their dues aren’t up to date, until we know they’re out of business or no longer interested in membership.

How do I change the information for my chorus on the Member Choruses page?

Please email us if any changes are needed to your chorus name, website/social media link, or county.

Who can be a member of NJCC?

All choruses that sing in NJ are invited, as well as other musical organizations. All musical missions and genres are welcome. Member choruses may be small or large; auditioned or not; professional, semi-professional, or amateur; adults, youth, or multi-generational; men’s, women’s, or multi-gender; independent or affiliated with a congregation, school, or arts organization. Everyone in an NJCC member chorus is automatically an NJCC member. Interested individuals who aren’t in an NJ chorus may join as individual members.

How can my chorus join NJCC?

All choruses that sing in NJ are welcome. Join any time online or by mailing us a check; first-year organizational dues are $25 – half price. If you mail a check, please enclose our membership form with your payment so we know which chorus you’re paying for. You may also mail the membership form if you prefer to write your credit/debit card information by hand instead of paying online. If you’re coming to one of our events, you may bring the membership form and check with you. We’ll add your chorus to the Member Choruses page on our website, and send you an email about how to set up your Chorus Connection membership portal account.

How much does it cost to be a member of NJCC?

New chorus/organizational dues are $25 for the first year. Renewing chorus/organizational dues are $50 per calendar year. Everyone in an NJCC member chorus is automatically an NJCC member. Individual dues are $25 whether new or renewing, for those who wish to join but are not in an NJCC member chorus. Join online or mail a check with your membership form to the address shown on the form.

Can I pay NJCC dues or workshop registration fees online if I don’t have a PayPal account?

Yes. Click the Pay Now link on our website and choose Check Out as Guest. You may use a credit or debit card, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

Can I pay NJCC dues myself if my chorus doesn’t have a business credit card or checking account?

Yes. You can use your individual credit card or mail us a check and ask your chorus for reimbursement if you wish. Just be sure to enclose our membership form so we know which chorus you’re paying for.

When does my NJCC membership expire?

All memberships are valid for a calendar year. Renewal notices are emailed in January. New members may join at any time.

What do NJCC membership dues pay for?

We use membership dues to subsidize the operational costs of maintaining our website and hosting free events when we can. Membership entitles your chorus to:

  • list your chorus on our Member Choruses page with a link to your website or social media.
  • post your events and notices on our Chorus Connection portal
  • have your events automatically flow from our Chorus Connection Calendar to our website Chorus Calendar
  • have your upcoming events and relevant notices listed in our newsletter
  • have your upcoming events and relevant notices shared on our Facebook page after they’re posted on your chorus Facebook page.
  • receive free or discounted admission to our events for all members of your chorus.
Are online payments secure if the NJCC website says Not Secure?

Yes. NJCC online payments are always secure. The website may say Not Secure while no payment is being made, but as soon as you click Pay Now, that will change. We do not retain your credit/debit card information. We use PayPal to process all online payments. You don’t need to have a PayPal account.

Administration

How do I contact NJCC?

As an all-volunteer organization, we don’t have an office location or phone. Please contact us by email. If you’d like to talk by phone, we’d be happy to set up a call.

How do I suggest a future NJCC event?

Please email us if you’d like to suggest an event we could offer in the future. We’re interested in your recommendations for workshop topics and presenters, open sing repertoire and conductors, and event locations. We’ll be happy to hear from you.

What do NJCC board members do?

Our board members do all our administrative work: planning and running our workshops and open sings, marketing our events, updating our website and Facebook page, communicating with our members, writing and sending our newsletter, and more. Board Members At Large volunteer a few hours a month for NJCC. The President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer volunteer a few hours a week. Board Member terms are 2 years with no term limits.

Do NJCC board members have to be in a chorus or live in NJ?

No. If you’re interested in choral music in NJ and willing to help, you’re qualified.

Do NJCC board members have to contribute money to NJCC?

No. Donations are encouraged but not required.

Can I sit in on a board meeting without joining the NJCC board?

Yes. Any member can sit in on a board meeting. The board meets monthly except in summer. Most board meetings are by teleconference. Email us if you’d like to participate.

How do I join the NJCC board or assist NJCC board members?

Please email us if you’re considering joining or assisting our board. We’ll be happy to have you, whatever your skills, interests, and available time. You can assist our board members virtually or in person, without having to join the board.