When you start a choir there are many decisions to make: What type of music will you sing? When will you meet? How much will rehearsals cost? What venue will you use? In addition to these things, you need to decide what you will expect from singers in terms of vocal experience and ability and […]
Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In this episode, we discuss the importance of criticising your choir in ways that achieve improvement and build confidence.
This is the second of a two-part article inspired by a reader who contacted us asking about how to choose soloists for her choir. Last week, I looked at the process of auditioning soloists. This week, I want to address some tricky issues about how to handle expectations on the part of singers. How do […]
This week one of our readers sent in some really interesting questions about choosing soloists for her choir. This can be quite daunting when you’re starting out as a choir leader. You want to get the best voice for the solo, but you’re reluctant to let anyone else down. In this two-part article, you can see […]
We’re delighted to welcome a new contributor to Total Choir Resources. Dick Price is an accompanist by training and, like so many of the TCR audience, he found himself leading a choir, rather than setting out to do so. Many of us work with accompanists regularly, but what’s it like to go from accompanying to […]
Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Christine and I are having a break this week, so instead of our usual podcast, we’re giving you a peek inside Choir Leader Academy. This free lesson is about selecting repertoire for your choir. There are so many things to consider when we […]
If your choir sings any kind of upbeat repertoire, you may have considered whether some movement might enhance their performance. In what circumstances is it a good idea to add a bit of boogying? When I first started my choir I was open to many things and some of my early repertoire seemed to lend […]
Giving your choir printed scores from which to learn has distinct advantages over teaching by ear, not least that the choir can read the music in front of them and save a lot of time in rehearsal. However, there are challanges as well, the most obvious being that the choir can be tempted to look at […]