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What’s the point of score preparation?

What's the point of score preparation

We all know that most of our work as choir leaders is done outside the rehearsal room. Whether you’re a conductor or conductor/manager, you probably have a ‘to do’ list as long as your arm. One of the tasks you may find yourself neglecting is score study. With all the demands of daily life, it […]

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5 ways to keep your singers focused in choir rehearsals

5 ways to keep your singers focused in choir rehearsals

An important part of running a successful choir is getting the right balance in rehearsals. You want the choir to bond as a team and make friendships but you don’t want to be teaching over chatter – even if it’s singers discussing the music! As irritating as chatter can be to you as the choir […]

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How to take command of a room

How to take command of a room

When you lead a choir rehearsal, you are asking for the attention of a group of people so that you can impart information. Maybe you’re lucky enough to be a natural born public speaker and you like nothing better than standing up in front of people and being the centre of attention, but most of […]

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The awesome benefits of mixing up voices in your choir

Most choirs have sections of voice types to which their members usually belong. Perhaps your choir is SATB, SAA, TTB or any other of the numerous combinations available. You may have noticed that in any group of people subdivided into smaller groups, interesting patterns can start to occur. On the positive side, new relationships are formed, […]

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Let’s talk choir formations

Choirs come in all shapes and sizes.  They could include a handful of voices or a hundred, comprise men, women, children. Pretty much any choir you can imagine exists and they all have one thing in common. They make music and they want that music to be heard. And that leads us to the subject […]

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How to avoid Christmas choral burnout!

Christmas comes but once a year, which, if your choir is as busy as ours, is probably a good thing. The choral calendar can be a bit full-on at this time of year. In between frantically rehearsing and performing carols and other festive music, I thought I’d jot down a couple of ideas about surviving […]

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How to handle difficult people and retain your inner calm

In this article, I want to turn to the difficult subject of difficult people. As a caveat before we go any further, I should say that that term is a shorthand. Most people aren’t ‘difficult’ by nature, and if they are, it may be beyond their control or for a perfectly understandable reason. Part of […]

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