When your choir dislikes a piece on your program
Date: April 30, 2014
Greetings, fellow Choir Directors!
I'm a first-year high-school general music/choral director/everything-and-anything woman learning the ropes as a public school teacher in Maine. I have decided that a recent problem of mine would be worth posting for some helpful solutions, so here goes! Any feedback is encouraged and definitely appreciated.
My Chamber Choir is currently working on an A capella piece called Tenderly (arranged by Steve Zegree). They don't like it at all (which came as a surprise to me, considering the jazzy, highly-expressive nature of the text itself). Something to note: the harmonies are very tight...the style in which it is written does not lend much room for adjusting/finding pitches. That being said, we have been working diligently at correcting intonation in our effort to become independent of the piano (the tenor solo at the end has been consistently flat, the sopranos have a habit of coming in sharply when they have a high register section-solo).
Anyhow, my question for you, ChoralNet community, is: how do you combat this disinterest in a way that forces them to be expressive? (Trying to convince them that worthy ensemble skill-developing repertorie can also be enjoyable is proving to be pointless)
As stated above, any and all advice is appreciated. My real aim at this point is to move beyond the technical demands of the piece and get them to sing with conceptual interest/energy.
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