Monday, August 29, 2016

Finding songs for the new choir season

A new season kicks off for many choirs in a the next few weeks. I don’t know about you, but I always seem to leave it to the last minute to find new repertoire for my choir!


Here are some ideas for finding new material for your next choir season.

There are lots of things to consider when planning for a new choir season before you decide on which songs to look for. Here are some things to consider, many of them refer back to previous posts of mine: just click on the blue link.

planning for the new season

You’ll need to make a plan.

Planning for a new choir season

You might:

don’t always chase the new

It’s easy to forget that singers come to choir to sing! Don’t feel obliged to keep introducing new material as most choir members will be more than happy to sing the old songs:

Less is more: don’t feel you have to teach or learn new songs all the time

If you’re worried about your older repertoire becoming stale, there are ways to keep them alive:

How to keep the old songs in your repertoire from going stale

If you take on new recruits at the beginning of a season, then the old songs won’t be familiar to them. You’ll have to find a way of getting the new singers up to speed:

Helping new choir members learn the old songs

choosing new songs

There are several things to consider when deciding on new songs:

where to find new songs

Having decided on which songs you’re looking for, how do you actually find them?

Where do you find all your songs?

Finding songs for your choir

Songbooks and other resources for choirs

Buy my song arrangements for your choir

Easy songs for your choir 2: rounds, chants, call & response

I do hope this has helped a little. Do let me know if you have other ideas for how to find songs for the new choir season. And good luck with it all!!

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Chris Rowbury



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