Here are some ideas for how best to integrate new members into your choir.
Joining a new choir can be daunting for new singers, but also a challenge for current singers and choir leaders.
For new singers it’s a bit like going up to big school:
- lots of new faces;
- people already know the way things are done;
- fears that you’re not good enough;
- from being a big fish in a small pond you might now feel like a very small fish in a large lake.
- they might sing better than you;
- they might get on with your friends better than you;
- new singers can upset the group dynamics;
- a large intake might make the choir feel less intimate.
- they will initially take up more of your time and attention;
- they’ll need to learn your existing repertoire;
- they will be unfamiliar with the culture of the choir;
- you may have to explain familiar warm up exercises all over again;
- you have the challenge of placing the new voices in the right places and making sure they fit in properly.
for new singersJoining an established choir: a guide for new singers
How to be a good choir member
Everybody has a place in the choir
Handy hints for hesitant singers – 10 tips for singers new to choirs
Front, back or side? The best place to stand in your choir
for existing choir members6 ways to stop the strain of other singers relying on you (or you relying on them)
Don’t try to help your fellow singers – it’s not your job
Ask not what your choir can do for you – ask what you can do for your choir
Being in a community choir FAQs 1
Being in a community choir FAQs 2
for choir leadersHow welcoming is your choir?
Joining an established choir: a guide for how choir leaders can help new singers
Helping new choir members learn the old songs
Fresh blood: the pros and cons of letting new singers join your choir
Starting over – going back to choir after a long break
I do hope these articles have helped. Do leave a comment and share your experiences of how new singers have been integrated in your choir. I’d love to learn from you!