PURPOSE OF THE STANDING OVATION PROGRAM (SOP)

The purpose of the Standing Ovation Program is to assist chapters in the Northeastern District to develop shows that will be so good that they achieve a Standing Ovation at their conclusion.  The reviewer will investigate all aspects of the show, starting with how easy it is to park his car to his arrival at the venue and then all aspects of the show itself, from the opening to the closing curtains.  Many things make up the experience of an audience member and thats what the reviewer wants to find out&how welcome has the chapter made each audience member.

The reviewer will try to highlight the many positive things that the chorus did and point out the areas where improvements can be made.


For Chapters:

THE PROGRAM

The SOP is available to NED chapters and quartets as well as Sweet Adelines and Harmony Inc chapters.Our experienced reviewers are willing to evaluate chapter shows and holiday concerts, including quartets performing on stage.We would also like to expand into evaluating major performances for chapters and quartets.It is hoped this opportunity will allow the review team to assist in improving the quality of performances and audience enjoyment throughout the NED.

HOW TO REQUEST A REVIEW

Contact Dianne Tortorelli-Brooks via email at tdbrooks07@msn.com as early as possible to allow time to obtain a reviewer.The more notice, the better your chances that a reviewer will be available.

CHAPTER FEEDBACK ON REVIEW

Following a show review, the chapter show chair, president and/or director will be asked to take a brief six question survey to assist us in measuring the effectiveness of the program.

Chapter Feedback Survey


For Reviewer Team

HOW TO BECOME A REVIEWER

Qualifications:

  • Must be creative
  • Attend various musical shows
  • Know the dos and donts of what makes up a good show
  • Review a minimum of 2 chapter shows/year
  • Maintain certification requirements

4-Part Requirement/Approval:

  • Part 1-- the request/application
  • Part 2  the training
  • Part 3  the review practice
  • Part 4  the approval/acceptance into program

WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?

Reimbursement:

  • 1-2 show tickets
  • Mileage to/from show venue

Satisfaction that you helped in a small way to improve a chapter within your District

THE APPLICATION

Anyone interested in becoming a reviewer will be asked to complete a one-page program application for submission to the program chair.

Apply to Be A Reviewer


Opportunities Available to Learn More

If you want to learn more about becoming a reviewer, this is for you.  Come join us to learn how to help your chapter and other chapters within the District receive that all-rewarding Standing Ovation.

  • Leadership Academy Northeast
  • Harmony College Northeast

Standing Ovation Program Co-Chair Biographies:

Dianne Tortorelli-Brooks is an Associate Member of the BHS, a 10 year NED director of two NED choruses, recipient of the BOTY award, current chair of the NED Standing Ovation Program, Leadership Academy and Harmony College Northeast faculty member, past member of the NED Events Team, and past co-editor of the Nor'easter newsletter.

In addition, Dianne is a Certified Sweet Adeline director, past 15 year Region 1 director, past member of the Region 1 choreography coaching team, recipient of the Region 1 Shirley Herman Showmanship trophy, Region I quartet competitor, and International chorus competitor."

Joe Kopka has been heading up the Standing Ovation Program for 11 years, has 21 years as a chorus director, has won the NED quartet championship and been in a top twenty quartet, and has received the Barbershopper of Distinction twice and the BOTY of the District.

In addition, Joe has had 12 years in the Judging program, and has been on the COTS/Leadership and Harmony College Northeast faculty many times.