An organized choir is a successful choir. But getting organized is a logistical and communications challenge which can tax even the most diligent choir director.
So, how do you get there? How do you effectively communicate with the members of a choir in ways that encourage them to be as diligent as you are and to be proactive about the needs of the group? There are several factors involved, but chief among them is communication.
Finding the ideal communication channel is your first task. Many choir directors use more than one method for keeping the lines of communication open, but at Peak, we recommend that you choose one.
Sticking to one dependable, universally accessible mode of communication ensures there’s no ambiguity and that everyone’s on the same page. Get your choir in the habit of checking your channel every day (twice a day in the run up to important performances).
A private Facebook group is one of the best ways to communicate with your choir and keep it organized. Not visible to anyone except those who request to be part of the group and are subsequently accepted, this communication channel allows free interface between group members. You can also share sheet music, calendars, special notices and conversations here. Best of all – it’s free and easy to set up. See how, here.
Choosing a coherent direction.
The most effective musical groups, whether they’re choirs or rock bands, have a distinct flavor. They choose music to reflect an artistic direction, or a genre which represents them.
Your choir may specialize in Gospel music or Baroque Choral music, but choosing a clear thematic direction guides your choir’s development. The more thematically true you are, the higher the quality of your performances will be.
Pinpointing an artistic direction should incorporate your group’s musical interests, their skill levels and the types of voices it’s home to. Even a school choir needs a clear musical direction to be as effective and proficient as possible.
Truly inspired ensemble management requires strong leadership that’s geared not only to creating an atmosphere, but to bringing out the best in your singers. A good choir has leadership which encourages the growth of all members, giving everyone an opportunity to solo and shine in performances (if desired).
Leadership is also key to maintaining impetus and enthusiasm. When your choir comes to rehearsals, they should be excited to work with you and inspired by your presence. As an effective leader, your presence sets the tone for the choir. Your level of professionalism, engagement and organization are key components of that presence.
Peak Performance Tours has been taking student choirs places for over 20 years. We offer your choir unique educational experiences through performance tours and excursions, competitions and master workshops with choral professionals.
We bring you logistical and planning excellence that reaches beyond the ordinary, to create student educational travel that extends your choir’s reach and builds its talents and confidence.
Contact us for a sample itinerary and discover the student travel leader – Peak Performance Tours.