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Where to pick back up...

Hello everyone!
I am encountered with what I feel to be a terrible situation.  My high school administration has completely knocked down my program so I only have 20 singers and only ONE BOY!  I came from 110 and now that we're on block scheduling, everything went to crap.  PLEASE HELP!  I don't even know where to begin...especially for that one boy.  I need any advise / guidance you can think of!
Matthew Van Dyke
on August 30, 2013 8:39am
I used SAB lit and informed my boy he would be a featured soloist! On some things we did SSA and he sang the alto part in his tenor range. Do not give up! It can work you just have to be creative!
on August 30, 2013 9:10pm
Block Scheduling is going to make your choir kids a bit dumber (puzzled, confused) but you can have more time for musicianship issues:  When we made the big change, the rehearsal was divided into two 40 min. sessions with a 20 min. “break” for basic sight-reading techniques, voice class, harmony, history, etc.  I didn’t like it much (still think these things belong in the natural flow of a standard rehearsal) but it worked well enough…  Hang in there; your kids really need music and they really need you.
on August 30, 2013 9:32pm
I feel your pain... administration scheduled two other "must have" "one section only" classes in the same period as my choir, which caused me to lose 4 singers that had signed up last spring.  I have 18 singers now, and 2 of them are boys, so it's similar. I let them know we would be singing SAB music for obvious reasons this year. Lo and behold, one of my new girls (with some experience at another school) bravely volunteered to sing tenor if I wanted her to do so. I doubt that I will resort to that, but may have to. 
on August 31, 2013 6:23am
What about your high school it in the same predicament?  Does band meet in the same block as choir? Although I am long-retired I  remember well that we had a band/choir block.  Week 1: band on M-W-F, choir on T-T; Week 2: choir on M-W-F, band on T-T.  Of course it wasn't ideal, but it was the deal we were handed.  We made the situation work for us.  And I'm told that band and choir still rehearse this way.
Are parents aware of the situation...and are they working on your behalf?  Anyone out there running interference for your choir and you?  
Good luck...
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