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- October 24, 2017 at 9:44 pm #545422cwittenmyer2sycamores-indstate-eduParticipant
Hello choral music educators!
I am a junior Music Education major at Indiana State University. I am currently in a Choral Literature class and I am researching the topic of show choirs. Having no experience with show choirs, I come to you all seeking tips and advice!
Firstly, how do you go about picking repertoire for your choir? What kind of rep is appropriate for what age group?
How do I handle costumes and choreography? Do I need to hire people outside of the program?
What kind of fundraisers are appropriate? How often and when should choirs travel and compete?
I appreciate any advice and input you have to offer!
Christiana W.October 25, 2017 at 6:16 am #545481Michael J. SeredickParticipant
Dear Christiana W – Hopefully you will get helpful replies, but keep in mind your list of questions is extensive.. I’ll offer a few thoughts. First – decide what importance your Show Choir has within the music department. For many directors, the Show Choir is the main event and all others become secondary. The expenses of travel, hiring a choreographer, music, tech equipment, the accompaniment ensemble and on and on become backbreaking, time-consuming endeavors. So much time and effort for a small ensemble? If that’s what you want, I don’t have much to offer as a retired poster. Do you want to be a music EDUCATOR, or a music ENTERTAINER. It is far more difficult and rewarding to choose the EDUCATOR route.
I’d suggest considering your first experience with a Show Choir to be a community outreach school ensemble. Sing unaccompanied, and with minimal choreography for community events such as a PTA meeting, Board meeting, National Anthem singing in four parts at local Sport events, Senior Citizen groups, Nursing Homes etc. Or, you can board the Show Choir train and exhaust your energy to enjoy your other school choirs with students who would simply love to sing in place without all the bells and whistles.
Entertaining is easy. Educating is difficult.
Broadview Heights, Ohio
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