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How to juggle family life with running a choir

Juggling family life with running a choir - some top tips

When people ask me what I do for a living, I should say ‘I’m a juggler’! Planning and running rehearsals, making sure weekend performances don’t clash with any key family dates or even just squeezing the amount of prep and planning needed into the school hours – sound familiar? Pleasing everyone is a hefty task. […]

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Planning social events to boost your choir’s team spirit

Planning social events to boost your choir's team spirit

A choir that works together as a team is enjoyable and responsive to teach, which will improve their overall sound and performance. In previous articles we’ve looked at teambuilding exercises which can be used in warm-ups to get everyone interacting. We’ve also focused on mixing up singers so that people get to meet each other […]

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How to choose repertoire that suits your choir

How to choose repertoire that suits your choir

Choir leaders are music lovers. When it comes to selecting repertoire, it can be very easy to get carried away. There’s nothing wrong with making ambitious choices, but the music you choose should suit your choir. Here are some questions to keep in mind. What sort of choir do you lead? Singers join a choir because they want […]

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How to deal with singers who don’t show up to choir

Poor attendance from choir members can be extremely frustrating for a leader. You take the time to plan rehearsals and develop repertoire over time, then someone rocks up who’s missed all your carefully-honed tuition. But before you launch into a tirade about attendance and commitment, take a deep breath and consider a few things. Is […]

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Running choir rehearsals when you’re not in the mood

When you run a choir week in, week out, it’s inevitable that there will be times when you’re simply not in the mood. It happens to the best of us; after all we’re only human. You may feel tired or a bit grumpy. Whatever you’re feeling, when you walk into your rehearsal room, it’s vital that […]

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Choosing choir warm-ups to solve problems in rehearsal

Choosing warm-ups to solve problems in rehearsal

One of the aspects of leading my choir that I don’t tend to succeed at all the time is making notes after rehearsal. I always have the best intentions, and I usually manage to jot down any tasks that really need to picked up, like emailing someone or ordering scores. Where I sometimes fall down is […]

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