Monday, May 30, 2016

Choir committees and how to handle them 1: what is a committee for?

Many choirs have committees. These are usually made up of choir members and exist to help the choir run smoothly.


At least that’s the idea, but sometimes things can go wrong and your committee can become a hindrance. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your committee.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Front, back or side? The best place to stand in your choir

When you first join a choir it’s very tempting to stand on the back row and hide until you feel more confident.

odd one out
photo by Pam Fray

But did you know that’s the worst place for a beginner to be? Here’s why.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Why learning songs with foreign lyrics need not be scary

I teach songs from all over the world, often in foreign languages. But people are always asking me for more songs in English.


Why is this? Especially since singers usually find the songs with English lyrics harder!

Monday, May 09, 2016

How male singers can successfully pitch from a woman (and how women can pitch from a man)

As we saw last week, many singers struggle with finding (and keeping) their starting notes.

photo by Albin Olsson

What can make it even harder is if a man is trying to pitch from a woman, or vice versa. Here’s what happens and how you can overcome any difficulties.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Finding (and keeping) your starting note

Many singers struggle with finding their starting note. Once they’ve nailed that, they’re off and it’s no problem.

piano keyboard

How can you make sure you’ve got the right starting note and, more importantly, how can you keep hold of it before the song sets off?