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Discipline in Community College Choirs

This is my third year as a community college director, but this is my first year at a new school.  I have a wonderful group of students.  The talent is unbelievable!  I have a difficult time getting them to focus, though.  I have tried to pace my rehearsals so that there isn't much time for them to breathe, but somehow they find a way!  I try to emphasize to them the importance of knowing when it's work time and when it's play time, but I have a few who just don't get it.  They are too busy flirting with each other to pay attention.  (This might even be across the room from each other!!!)  Needless to say, it is VERY distracting.
We attended a conference at the University of Southern Mississippi last week, and they were amazed by the choirs.  I used the opportunity to talk to them about focus and respect.  I have also been researching behavior modification techniques, and I am working to implement those now.
I'm hoping that some of you will have helpful suggestions, though.  90% of these students are music scholarship students, but I don't want to be the teacher who threatens to take away scholarships every week!  Any advice would be much appreciated!!!
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