#171 How to run your first choir rehearsal

You’ve taken the plunge, you’ve set the date, found a venue and advertised your first ever choir rehearsal. So what now?

This is such an exciting time but also one naturally filled with a mixture of thoughts and emotions – anticipation, nerves and a longing to get things right.

So how exactly do you run your first rehearsal?

We’re going to take through our practical, step-by-step approach that will keep you on track so that you can create a fantastic experience and a choir that people will want to be part of.

And if you’re already an experienced choir leader, these ideas will help with your planning process too.

Essential learning points:

  • Create a warm-up plan to start which will be easy, fun and have a focus upon teambuilding.
  • Choose 2-3 pieces to work on in the rehearsal which are straightforward and will enable you to achieve quick results.
  • Add some social time, such as a refreshments break, so people can get to know each other.
  • Start as you mean to go on with your admin, pricing and timing.
  • Leave people on a high at the end of the rehearsal.
  • Give them something to take away.
  • Follow up.
  • Accept that it won’t be perfect!

Key quotes:

‘Your plan’s like your comfort blanket’

‘Keep it simple!’

‘Choose a couple of songs that will get quick results’

Comments on #171 How to run your first choir rehearsal

  1. Avatar Lynne says:

    Thanks so much. Did this for 27 years. Suddenly I’ve been asked to work with Alzheimer’s and Assisted Living Residents. Several levels at once. I want it to be a success. I really want it to be great for them.

    1. Avatar Victoria Hopkins says:

      I’m sure you’ll do an amazing job Lynne. Best of luck.

  2. Avatar Linda Ekins says:

    Really great thanks

    1. Christine Mulgrew Christine Mulgrew says:

      Thanks Linda :)

  3. Avatar Christi says:

    Very useful, thanks!

    1. Christine Mulgrew Christine Mulgrew says:

      Thanks Christi, glad the episode was helpful. If you’re just starting out, good luck with your first rehearsal :)

  4. Avatar Melody Lister says:

    Fantastic! Thankyou

    1. Christine Mulgrew Christine Mulgrew says:

      Thanks Melody, all the best if you’re just starting out with your choir :)

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