I must confess from the outset that I don’t have a magic answer to solve what can be the tricky task of balancing work and family life. Each person’s situation is different but I thought nethertheless I’d share a few things that I’ve learned as I attempt to balance being a choir leader with a busy […]
However confident and prepared we are when we lead our choirs in rehearsal, there will always be times when things just don’t go well. It can be hard to put a finger on exactly what’s not working, but we know it when it happens. The vibe in the room is flat, the choir’s concentration flags, […]
Many rock and pop community choirs, like mine, perform using recorded backing tracks because space and funds don’t allow them have resident musicians. However, it can be a fantastic change of pace for this type of choir to work with live music. For those occasions when you are lucky enough to be able to work […]
In this episode we look forward to a new year with our choirs and discuss how to make it our best year yet. Plus, we’ve got exciting news about Total Choir Resources.
If you’ve ever led a choir that sings from scores or lyric sheets, you’ll know the frustration of looking at the tops of singers’ heads when you want to be looking at bright, attentive faces. They don’t neglect you intentionally, of course – they just end up reading when they should be merely glancing. The […]
The new year is a great time to evaluate and develop the opportunities you give to your choir. For many singers, performing is what motivates them. Having exciting, challenging and interesting gigs to look forward to can keep them enticed. Here are some top tips based on our experience. Look at the whole picture Taking […]
Like most choir leaders, we’ve been part of some fantastic performances with our choirs. We’ve also made lots of mistakes along the way. The experience we’ve accumulated, both as performers and as audience members, has taught us that there are ways of behaving on stage that should be avoided if you want to create a good atmosphere and […]
In this episode we’re celebrating our fiftieth episode of the Total Choir Resources podcast with a Q&A session featuring questions from listeners.