Many people, including many choir members, think that a choir leader’s job consists of waving their arms around at rehearsals and concerts. We know there’s much more to it than that. Being a choir leader sometimes feels like a complex juggling act. Even if you’re not involved in the day to day management of your choir, […]
The majority of people who sing in choirs do so for the fun and fulfilment of making music in a group. It’s a break from the rules and routines of day to day life. How can we strike a balance between requiring an appropriate standard of behaviour from our choirs and making sure that everyone’s […]
It’s so easy to play it safe. When I became a choir leader, I was completely at sea for a while. I felt that I knew nothing about conducting, choosing repertoire, rehearsing and performing. But I muddled through and gradually accumulated the skills I needed to do a good job (or an adequate one – I’m […]
The second of our two-part podcast about the dreaded issue of money. Whatever the funding model of our choirs, how can we ensure that they keep their heads above water?
We often talk iin our articles and podcasts about the benefits of involving your choir in the rehearsal process by asking questions rather than just giving orders. For example, rather than just saying ‘the blend isn’t right’, we can ask ‘was the blend right in that section? If not, what needs to be adjusted?’. This approach helps […]
In the latest of our occasional ‘Choir View’ series, we meet a very unusual choir from Ireland, led by rehearsal director Louise Foxe. Tell us a bit about your choir and how you came to lead it. My cousin’s boyfriend told me about a ‘clown choir’ starting up in a theatre near where I live […]
Unless your choir spends all its time singing in unison, you’ll have some sections or voice parts to which your choir members usually belong. Perhaps your choir is SATB, SAA, TTB or any other of the numerous combinations available. You may have noticed that in any group of people subdivided into smaller groups, interesting patterns […]
In this episode and the next, we look at some of the financial issues that affect choirs and how to handle them.