Magic Choral Trick #352 Guest Nights

Friday night. And for fun I’ve been catching up on some organizational stuff for various singing groups.

I just made up the draft schedule for next Tuesday evening’s Guest Night for my women’s Barbershop chorus, and sent it off to the music team for their feedback.

In the past for Guest Nights we’ve done more showcase stuff – but this time I thought it might be a good idea to let any prospective members get an idea of the intensity of work that we really do. So if you’re interested, here’s the draft plan:

Guest Night

7:00 – Risers – Introduce guests

7:05 – Opening and Warm Up (With Guests)
Vocal work and Tags (when teaching really happens)

7:25 – Repertoire (With Guests)
Dancing Queen
We Rise Again
With a Little Help From Our Friends
As Long As I’m Singin’

7:45 – Masquerade

Egg Yolk Basses (
Singable consonants
Work the tag

8:05 – Alexander – New Intro and Choreo

8:20 – Seated – Run through Joint is Jumpin’

8:30 – Closing

8:35 – Social time

In addition to handouts about the financial costs of membership, and the audition requirements, I think it’s useful for prospective members to see and hear some real work – the kind that they can expect on a typical rehearsal night.

Normally my women’s chorus rehearsals would go till 9:30, but on guests nights we like to quit early for tea and sweets – and of course, a lot of conversation with our new recruits!

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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