Monday, January 24, 2022

Singing benefits choir leaders too, not just singers

There is much talk these days of how singing is good for you, especially singing as part of a group.

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But that’s always from the singers’ perspective. We don’t often consider those who lead the singing.

I’m sure teachers of all kinds can relate to the feeling of giving out all the time. But teachers also need to be fed in order to do their work well.

It can be immensely satisfying seeing students grow and flourish as a result of good teaching.

In a similar way, choir leaders get great satisfaction from hearing their singers after a long rehearsal. It may take a lot of energy to get the singers to this stage, but the rewards can be amazing.

However, due to the pandemic, many choir leaders have been unable to ply their trade. They have not been able to stand in front of singers in a room. They may have run some Zoom sessions, but it’s not quite the same.

In the same way that singers have missed their singing mates, and singing together with others, choir leaders have missed the energy that comes from a group of singers, and the socialisation that it entails.

I’m not looking for sympathy here, just an understanding that choir leaders also benefit enormously from being in a room with a bunch of singers.

Next time you go to choir, spare a moment to reflect on how much energy a choir leader needs to give out, and try your best to make their day by singing to the best of your ability. They will thank you for it!

Chris Rowbury


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