Magic Choral Trick #31 Blending Back to Back

There are a couple of variations of this one – depending on how touchy feely your choir is prepared to be.

As the choir is standing, divide the group down the middle.

Ask each side of the chorus to face outwards, so that the people on either side, in the middle are actually standing back to back. (Though they don’t have to be touching)

The folks on one side are all facing towards the director’s right, and those on the other are facing the director’s left.

Once again, this is much more effectively done when the music to be sung is memorized.

I just wait for the ‘Electric Silence’ then say ‘go’.

The sound may be a bit more gentle than usual, but it’ll be more blended.

For a more pronounced effect, have each member of the choir put a hand on the shoulder of the person in front of them, close their eyes and sing the piece again.

About janetkidd

I've been waving my arms in front of choirs now for more than 35 years - and these are descriptions of all the very best things I've learned. I direct a Women's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Men's Competitive Barbershop Chorus, a Med School choir, and for a few weeks each year - Big Choir (about 100 voices) - which performs at an annual fundraising concert. Hope at least some of these Choral Magic Tricks will be useful to you - and thanks for reading. Janet

Posted on December 18, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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