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Disappointed after 20 + years of choral experience

I can't believe what is happening to me. I need your input. I have more than 20 years working with choirs from college level to elementary school. Years of relatively success with rehearsal managment and putting together succesful programs. All of the sudden, this year, being my 5th year at my current job as High School choir director, the demographics of the group turned to be a choir of about 50 % caucasian and 50% minority mixed group. The new comers don't get to work on the routine that we were used to for the past 5 years. They talk, get easily distracted, they don't care how to sing, the other kids, are beginning to get discouraged, ... and I am just in shock, not believing what is happening! What do I do?! I know had some rough years when I was a rookie, but I was really enjoying the experience in my new job for the last five years. Would it be a time for me to leave this job? should I kick out all those new comers? (if I can), do I work with a small choir, less voices, less volume, but more willingness?. Has someone else experience this? This is really frustrating. I really on your advise. Thank you in advance. 
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