Magic Choral Trick #46 Directors and Winging It

Choir members – here’s an embarrassing little secret – sometimes we directors wing rehearsals! We don’t plan – though we probably didn’t plan to not plan. And we cover this up by a slightly more ‘let’s get down to business’ tone of voice.

Unfortunately, because we’re slightly uncomfortable, this can also make us a bit more brusque, and sometimes much more distractible (as we welcome diversions that take attention away from us)

Once I started really preparing my rehearsals, I was amazed at how much could be accomplished. That really is magical.

This is not only more fun for me, but also for the chorus members. People’s lives are so busy these days that I can’t expect them to come to rehearsal and waste one and a half hours merely out of a sense of duty. I’d love to think that rehearsal is the most fun they could be having on that particular evening.

That said however, every once in a while a ‘winged’ rehearsal can be sort of fun too, especially when it happens spontaneously on snowy evenings when only the hardiest have ventured forth (and there’s no way to follow the original plan).


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 January 3, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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