Sunday, January 27, 2013

You are the most important singer in your choir

Yes, you! No matter what size your choir is, you are by far the most important singer in it.

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Without you, the choir would simply not function. We couldn’t do it without you!

If you left, there would be no choir.

If you don’t know your part well, the song will sound awful.

If you don’t know the words, everything will grind to a halt.

If you don’t turn up for a rehearsal or concert, there will be no performance.


Being the most important singer in the choir comes with certain responsibilities.

  • don’t depend on others – it makes you vulnerable. If you need someone to lean on (for the words, for your part, ...) and that person doesn’t turn up (for whatever reason) then you’re screwed! And it’s not a nice feeling if loads of people are leaning on you either.
  • know your stuff/ be prepared – learn the words and know your part inside out. The whole choir depends on you.
  • always turn up – without you there is no choir! If every singer thinks “Nobody will miss me if I don’t show, I’m not that important, there are plenty of other singers” then there will be no singers.
  • be the best that you can – there is always someone waiting to replace you so make sure you’re doing the best that you possibly can. Be a role model for the other singers around you.
  • take charge – behave as if you know what you’re doing (even if you don’t!). Don’t wait to be perfect. Sing out loud and proud even if you have doubts. Take charge of the situation and be bold.
  • don’t take it too seriously – yes you have to be responsible and take your role as the most important singer in the choir seriously, BUT ... find a balance. It’s just singing. The world won’t end if you get something wrong.

further reading

You might find the following posts useful too:

How to be a good choir member

Everybody has a place in the choir

How to cope when singers miss choir sessions

Trust me – you know it makes sense

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