Monday, October 16, 2017

How to keep your performances interesting

Is it enough for your choir to stand in front of an audience and just sing?



Or do you need to make your performances more ‘interesting’ somehow?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Make your choir leading easier by doing less

Many choir leaders believe that they’re indispensable, that their choir only functions when they’re out front leading.

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But this can be stressful and doesn’t take into account the choir’s ability as a whole. Here’s how to make your choir leading easier.

Monday, October 02, 2017

How do you know how loud you should sing in choir?

Your singing teacher is always telling you to be more confident and sing up.

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But your choir leader asks you to sing quietly and listen to each other. So how loud should you be singing?

Monday, September 25, 2017

How to help singing groups harmonise even if it seems they can’t

Katharine leads a small informal choir where music is not part of the singers education and the level of musicality is low.

The Excel Quartet of the Vienna-Falls Chorus of Fairfax, Va., sings vocal warm-ups in the restroom, utilizing the great acoustics, April 2, 2013. The Excel quartet is the rookie quartet of the VF Chorus and is well on their way to success and great harmonies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Carlin Leslie)

She’s tried some simple harmony songs and rounds with them, but they seem to have a total inability to harmonise. What can she do?

Monday, September 18, 2017

When a new musical director takes over your choir: a guide for choir members

Last week I wrote about strategies for musical directors who were taking over an established choir.

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original sculpture by susie mendelsson

This week it’s the singers’ turn. How can you easily adapt when a new choir leader takes over your choir? Here are a few hints which might help.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Taking over an existing choir: a guide for musical directors

Choir leaders don’t last forever. There will come a time when a choir will need a new musical director.

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A Village Choir, 1847 (Thomas Webster)

Here is a brief guide for those who find themselves in the position of taking over an established choir.

Monday, September 04, 2017

The most important thing do when choir starts again after a long break

Many choirs have a long break over the holidays and start back in September.

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What’s the most important element to focus on in your first session back? Read on and I’ll let you into the secret.