TCR034 | PODCAST – 7 strategies for great attendance and punctuality

In this episode, we give you some great strategies for encouraging your choir to be consistent in their attendance at rehearsals and to be punctual and ready to sing.

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Comments on TCR034 | PODCAST – 7 strategies for great attendance and punctuality

  1. Another absolutely FANTASTIC podcast from you guys with lots of good advice and tips for potentially a sensitive issue. Remember that it’s always great to send an email out each week to those who were not in attendance to let them know what we did in rehearsal so that people still feel valued and still feel part of the community and it bridges the gap for when they return, etc.

    In terms of people not letting you know if they are returning..i usually wait until after the first two rehearsals of a new term and then send an email if i still have not seen/heard from them, etc.

    Here’s what I send out

    “Sorry we missed you for our first week of the new term at Alive and Singing last night! I just wanted to drop you a little email to make sure you are ok?

    Hope to see you next Wednesday at rehearsal to continue the fun :-)

    Best Wishes!’

    With regard to punctuality – it’s a very difficult one. The problem with starting the rehearsal with people coming in the room late is the disturbance and distraction in the warmup with people chatting away and members in the room greeting those coming in late with ‘hello, how are you?’ etc in the background but i do understand the importance of starting on time and it’s something I must start doing. It’s usually the first few weeks of a new term when people haven’t seen each other for a while and they want to chat, etc plus everybody wants to pay, etc. Keeping the balance is difficult but fun trying.

    Sometimes there is something to be said for the more ‘laid back choir’ approach in all matters. In four years our rehearsals I have rarely started on time consistently but i have never had a single complaint so should i be concerned? Probably not…it’s good to remember that we are an amateur, community choir and the social side is first and foremost the reason why people are there. The second I start asking people to arrive on time or put any kind of expectation of them to issue an apology etc, for mer personally I think you are entering endangered territory. Having said that, it’s HOW you go about implicating these expectations which matters most and those members that know you well will understand and respect why you are doing what you are doing for the overall good of the choir long term.

    1. Avatar Victoria Hopkins says:

      Great comments, Jamie. You’re absolutely right about the “how” rather than the “what”. I think if you’re good-natured and you always act with integrity, you won’t go far wrong.

  2. Avatar Jeremy says:

    With regard to missing rehearsals I know a conductor who would audition people who had missed rehearsals but wished to perform in a concert. That’s a good way of enabling a competent member to perform but stopping someone who isn’t up to it.

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