#178 How can we get the best from our online choir sessions?

In this episode, we discuss the successes and limitations of running online sessions for our choirs, how important it is just to show up for our choirs, and how we can preserve our identities as choir leaders for the long term.

Essential learning points:

  • Zoom and the creation of online choirs. Why is this important?
  • Reflecting on the differences between a face-to-face rehearsal and an online one.
  • The question of income and what you can do.
  • Developing your online hangout blueprint.
  • Up-skilling – what you’ve had to learn and how it will help you.
  • The power of just showing up – what you need to remember.

Comments on #178 How can we get the best from our online choir sessions?

  1. Avatar Julius Odia says:

    Thanks for these insights. Even the comments are also inspiring.

    1. Christine Mulgrew Christine Mulgrew says:

      Hi Julius, you’re very welcome.

  2. Avatar Carol L Munn says:

    Thank you Christine and Victoria! This podcast was so positive and supportive. I appreciate all that you do to encourage choir directors during this uncertain time.

    1. Avatar Victoria Hopkins says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Carol. That means a lot to us.

  3. Avatar Simon says:

    Great podcast, thank you.
    I think it’s still possible to conduct via zoom. Although there is obvious latency between all the little squares of humanity on the zoom screen, it should be the case that for each choir member watching, the choir leader’s audio and video will reach them at the same. So, although choir member A might see and hear the choir leader at a different time from choir member B, they should still individually receive synchronised audio and video from the choir leader.
    I have asked my choirs on a couple of occasions whether, from their point of view, I am conducting in time, and they have said yes.

  4. Avatar Susan Lane says:

    Thank you.
    I have been questioning the validity of my weekly sessions, particularly as not all of my choir members make it. (They either don’t have the technology, or the know-how, or the confidence.)
    Also, what we do is so simplified that I worry about what they are getting from it. However, I make sure that part of the evening is all about having fun, e.g. singing together unmuted, or just chatting. So the social side is just as or more important now.
    Thank you again.
    Sue

    1. Christine Mulgrew Christine Mulgrew says:

      Lovely to hear from you Susan. Thank you for your kind comments. I think we’ve all questioned ourselves over these past few weeks. What we offer right now is different and we’ve had to learn new skills and face new fears – ‘is what I’m doing good enough because it’s not the same as what I was doing’? Absolutely! Every time you connect with your singers online you bring them value. It sounds like you’re running great sessions with a balance of singing and social time. I’m sure like us these sessions are as important to you as they are to your singers. Keep going :)

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