The most efficient way to place voices
Date: August 19, 2011
Good evening all; maybe this more specific query will generate some good info...
The back story: I just inherited a successful middle school choral program; today I finally got into my building and started feeling things out. While I haven't seen my class rosters, I'm told to expect very high enrollment: a minimum of 30-40 singers for the smallest choir, and as many as 100+ for the largest one. My room's a little small to accommodate that large of a group, but I have some solutions for this, and besides, it's a nice problem to have.
Here's where I am currently: with so many students, none of which I have ever met, and will not until the first day, what's the most efficient way to get them into their respective sections? Vocalizing that many students on a one-on-one basis doesn't seem practical is I want to get some momentum going early on. I also don't want to assume that "they'll already know" because they might have forgotten, or they might not care, or they just want to stand next to their friends.
I want to have plans for SA, SSA, SAB, and maybe even SATB (and/or its cambiata equivalent) if the voices permit, so does anyone know of some good "bulk" methods to get them placed quickly? I'll have the luxury of fine-tuning the placements in the first coupe of weeks; I just want to get them into comfortable sections early on as efficiently as possible.
Thanks for your thoughtful replies!
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