Magic Choral Trick #79 Silent Run Through

In Barbershop competitions, before the chorus goes onto the stage, we are ushered into a warm up room first, then a quiet room. Because we’ve usually warmed up well before ever getting to this first room, we spend the time doing Breath of Fire, Brass Buzzes, Central Meridian Sweeps (all of these are featured in previous posts) and occasionally starting the first song.

Once we get to the quiet room though, it’s a good idea to have a plan – other than chatting quietly, drinking water and fixing costumes.

This idea came from remembering that Soviet athletes used to do a lot of visualization training as part of their work on perfecting the physical aspects of their sport.

I ask my choruses to find a spot in the room – away from other people – close their eyes, and run silently through the entire ‘package’ from the time the curtain opens till the curtain closes again. This includes the accepting of the applause, and the emotional preparation for each of the two songs.

I have found that when the entire performance has been reviewed silently and perfectly like this, the onstage results are dramatically better.


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 February 8, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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