In this episode we’re celebrating our fiftieth episode of the Total Choir Resources podcast with a Q&A session featuring questions from listeners.
Because of some quite bonkers new EU sales tax regulations, on 1 January 2015 small online businesses like Total Choir Resources will have to either stop selling digital products within the EU or register for sales tax in each of the 28 member states. Yes, you read that correctly. If we want to continue to […]
At the beginning of a busy choir rehearsal as everyone arrives, the notion of relaxation can seem far away. However, I think it’s vital to encourage relaxation in your choir. Here’s why. Focus Your choir will find it difficult to focus and concentrate if they’re excited and chatty. Some short relaxation exercises at the beginning […]
Sight-singing is something that strikes fear into the hearts of even very experienced singers. It’s so different from instrumental sightreading – if I hit a ‘D” key on the piano, a D comes out. I could sightread an entire piano piece without identifying any of the intervals involved. Not so sight-singing. A confident and instinctive ability […]
I must admit that placing my choir on stage in preparation for a performance is not my favourite part of being a choir leader. It can be very stressful trying to herd everyone into position, not to mention demanding on the voice. Everyone seems to have an opinion about how it should be done and […]
In this episode we talk about what we’ve learned as choir leaders and managers about retaining singers in our choirs.
Running a successful choir is massively rewarding. Seeing new singers come though the door, particularly in the early stages of the choir, is a huge boost to your confidence as a choir leader. If you run your choir as a business, new members also mean increased revenue and stability. However, have you ever considered the […]
The term ‘onset’ is used to describe the way we start singing a note. There are three ways of starting to make a vocal sound. Soft onset A soft, ‘breathy’ or ‘aspirate’ onset is the result of air passing over the vocal folds before they vibrate. Sing a note to the sound ‘ha’ and you’ll hear […]