Magic Choral Trick #80 Silent Singing To Perk Up Presentation

Most audiences listen about 50% with their eyes. As unfair as that is, we need to pay attention to this often neglected visual half of our performance.

The only choirs exempt from this are church choirs who do all their singing from up with the Gods in the back balcony. This is especially useful because it’s considered bad form for congregations to twist around and check out your visuals.

Sorry folks, but everyone else would do well to spend some rehearsal time working on a cohesive visual plan – even if it’s only to remind people that scratching, and individual physical mannerisms will take an audience’s attention directly to the scratcher or hair adjuster, or to the one person who is not looking at the director.

Directors – if you’re like me, you find it extremely difficult to ignore a problem with sound as you’re working on the visual stuff.

Here’s the solution.

Start the video recorder.

Have the choir sing through the song in silent mode – doing everything except making sound. You’ll find that in addition to being more animated as they perform, the singers will also be focusing more on you. These are two excellent things to be rehearsing.

Then email the video out to the choir members for them to review in the privacy of their own homes. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, the singers will see clearly what’s working and what isn’t.


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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