Ten Tips for Conductors! Energy! The conductor must have more energy than the choir. Choirs respond to an energetic and passionate conductor. Particularly with young choirs, a fast-paced rehearsal captures the choristers’ attention, reducing boredom and unwelcome behaviour. Model! As conductors, we should constantly model posture, correct mouth shape, and breath preparation.
What Your Students Will Remember By Walter Bitner A t some point early in my teaching career someone told me “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel .” …or something like that. I don’t remember who said it or when, honestly.
Three Things Good Choral Directors Do By Jamie Babbit Choral directors have a fun, yet rough job. Imagine commandeering a room/church/auditorium filled with singers. I know, the mind boggles, doesn’t it? I hate to generalize, but singers are almost impossible to commandeer; I liken it to herding cats. Firstly, most of us singers love to talk.
How to keep your accompanist happy – dos and don’ts from the horse’s mouth – Total Choir Resources Our chamber choir accompanist is wonderful. She is capable, well-rehearsed, flexible in attitude and apparently completely unflappable. Because she is all those things, it is far too easy for me, with a dozen other things on my mind, to overlook her experience as part of our group.
3 Great reasons to run sectional workshops for your choir – Total Choir Resources When you work with a choir over a long period, you learn their strengths and their challenges. But not all vocal sections are the same. Sectional rehearsals allow you to focus on the needs of a smaller group, praise their strengths and encourage them to take repsonsibility for their own performance.
Start Your Season with Greater Awareness! By Brody McDonald W elcome back! A new year begins, so I thought for this opening issue I would highlight some concepts that can help both you and your singers come into the start of the season with greater awareness.