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


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

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