Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In this episode, we talk about how we became choir leaders and how we overcame problems and broke through roadblocks along the way.
At some point, all choir leaders feel that they’re stuck in a bit of a rut. Any activity that we do repeatedly risks becoming mundane – even something as rewarding as leading a choir. Often, it’s a sign that you need to change your focus. Here are some top rut-busting tips. 1. Analyse your patterns Be […]
In your work as a choir leader, you may have come across singers who just don’t ‘get’ the point of warm-ups. You’ll see them skulking at the back of the choir, mumbling their way through the exercises you’ve carefully chosen for a rehearsal. If you get the chance to chat to these people, they’ll say […]
Picture the scene. The audience is filing in; anticipation is in the air. You have all your singers gathered, they look to you to prepare them for a fantastic performance. What do you do? In the early days of running my choir I might have said ‘run away’, but over time I’ve learnt to love this […]
Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In this episode, we talk about our craziest choir moments; things that went brilliantly, things that went badly and things that didn’t quite go to plan!
At the start of my choir rehearsals, I like to do some stretches to music. My choir is quite used to this now, but in the beginning I would get lots of comments from members suggesting that they’d got the wrong place and had walked into an aerobics session! This was all light-hearted banter, but I sensed […]
A little while ago, someone asked me what ‘audiation’ meant and even though I felt like I knew, I struggled to give a definition that made sense. Irritated by my ignorance, I scurried off to learn more and found this highly articulate article on the Total Music Education blog (no relation!) that really hit the […]
Adding a good warm-up session at the beginning of your rehearsal can really help to focus your singers. By creating a well balanced selection of exercises you will ensure variety as well as working on different skills which will help your singers develop their voices and also improve on aspects of repertoire. Warm ups are […]