Magic Choral Trick #59 Down the Tiles – the presentation power of a choir singing straight to the audience

Normally when I’m directing I ask for Laser Eyes from all my singers. All the singing, and all the emotion is sent through my head out to the audience. Because there’s only one focal point (my head) it feels to the audience as if the choir is communicating as a unit. This really only works though if the choir has memorized the song.

Once in a while, at the emotional climax of a song, it can be electrifying for an audience if the director turns around and becomes just another member of the chorus. Another member of a chorus that has now shifted from all being angled towards the director, to facing straight out to the audience – or Down the Tiles. (I suspect that choruses call this ‘Down the Tiles’ because most of us have tiled rehearsal halls, where the tiles run parallel to the walls. So when we move from the angled position to straight out – we’re now lined up with the floor tiles)

For the most dramatic result, all movement (turning by the director, and shifting by the choir) needs to be synchronized.

The most intense part of the song is now being sung directly to the audience. There will be goosebumps, and the audience will be wonderfully shocked.


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 15, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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