Magic Choral Trick #140 Many Hands, Light Work
I was reflecting the other day on the amount of work that goes on, often behind the scenes, in order for a Barbershop chorus to run smoothly. I thought you might be interested in the list of jobs that the people in my women’s chorus take on for a year at a time.
Committee List – 2012
AC&C 2012: We’re hosting the regional competition this year
Bulletin: The newsletter
Charities: Our main charities are Autism, and Romero House (the local soup kitchen)
Choreographer: Works with team to create and teach the choreography. Also stands out in front to make adjustments or suggestions about movement and faces.
ChoreoTeam: Team that works with choreographer and assists in the teaching
Costume Chairs: Head up the costume committee and are in charge of bringing major costume decisions to the chorus
Costume Committee: One of the jobs of the costume committee is to make sure that the director – who has no closets in her house – has the correct outfit.
Costume-Make-up / Jewellery: The keepers of the chorus make up and jewellery – which are brought to every performance. Also make decisions about any changes to the colour scheme of the make up or to the style of the jewellery
Fund Raising: In charge of raising funds to help the chorus with expenses like travel and hotel when we go away to competition
50/50: We have a weekly draw at rehearsal
Historian: The chorus history book is entered in a competition at every convention.
Liaison: Any complaints or concerns can go through this person
Music Chair: Heads up the music team which assists the director to choose, buy and send out new music and sound files. The section leaders are on this team, and often will call separate sectional rehearsals.
Music Librarian : Organises all music and receipts. Prepares guest books containing current repertoire
Parliamentarian: Always someone familiar with the chorus’ standing rules and bylaws
Performances: The contact person for performances
Photographers: Documentation of special events, birthdays, awards
Public Relations: Absolutely essential to keep the chorus in the public eye
Quartet Promotion: Sets up activities that encourage people to try singing in smaller groups
Road Manager: Helps us all to stay together and not get lost when we travel
Sergeant at Arms: So the director never has to ask for the attention of the group
Social: Very important – tea and goodies for meetings and social functions
Sunshine: Makes sure birthday greetings, congratulations, or condolences are sent out from the chorus
Telephone: When the chorus really needs to be called, and not just emailed
Videography: Videos the chorus frequently, posts online and sends the secure link to chorus members
Website Manager: In charge of keeping our online presence up to date