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The Choir Rehearsal

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 7:21:31 AM by Travis Beck in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in community, in efficiency, in housekeeping, in love, in rehearsal, in small group, in warmups

Some of my conducting textbooks spend numerous pages on how to structure the choir rehearsal, covering a host of factors to consider. Personally, I don’t bother putting that much thought into it. It’s already all I can do to spend time getting to know the music and make musical decisions about it, let alone think about a detailed rehearsal structure. So I’ve resigned myself to simply what seems to work, which, for me, is this:

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A Few Thoughts on Rehearsal Techniques

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 9:02:16 AM by Ronald A. Nelson in choir, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in rehearsal

"I don't feel I should work my Church choir too hard. After all, most of them have worked hard all day."

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Music Literacy Techniques

Posted on May 14, 2012 7:00:12 AM by Jonathan Busarow in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in rehearsal

We have all done it. Step 1: We pass out new music to the choir. Step 2: Plow through the piece at performance tempo and play parts so loudly that they will have to hear how it is supposed to go. Step 3: Repeat Step 2 until is sounds good enough. Sound familiar? What if we did not have to pound out the notes? What if we could increase a choir’s reading abilities with every piece we sing?

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