Monday, November 11, 2019

The long and the short of it: height differences in singing groups

I was teaching a group about what might affect the vocal blend when singing harmony in small groups.

Somebody pointed out that it’s much easier if everyone is the same height. This got me thinking …

Monday, November 04, 2019

Let your choir leader know if you have any special needs – they won’t know otherwise

I’m just back from leading a weekend of singing. One of the singers couldn’t read the lyrics I’d provided.

photo by Ian Watson

If only they’d told me beforehand I could have provided large-print words.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Don’t forget the basics when welcoming people who have never sung in a choir before

I started a new pop-up choir project last week. Several of the people who came had never sung in a choir before.

At the beginning of the first session I always try to make everyone welcome, and go through a series of pointers for those who might not have done much singing before. But I was surprised that I left out some of the basics!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Not done it for a while? Can you still do it? – the worries of singers and choir leaders

We’ve all been there. We don’t do something for a while, then start to believe that we’ve lost the knack.

It applies to singers, workshop leaders, song arrangers, choir leaders, song writers – in fact, pretty much all of us! How do we deal with this worry?

Monday, October 14, 2019

How to manage when your choir becomes too popular: waiting list or a new choir

Over the last two weeks I’ve looked at whether you can have too many singers in your choir and, if so, how you can cope with that situation.

In this final post on the subject, I want to look at two further strategies: closing your choir to new members and starting a new choir.

Monday, October 07, 2019

Strategies for coping with too many singers in your choir

Last week I asked Can you have too many singers in your choir? and gave several reasons why this might be the case.

This week I want to look at strategies for overcoming these.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Can you have too many singers in your choir?

Choirs are often looking for new ways to recruit more singers.

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But will there come a time when you choir is too full?