What is a choir? Most people would respond with, “Well… it’s a bunch of music geeks who sing opera together”. As an uneducated individual, they are technically correct 😉
However, a choir is a lot more than a bunch of music geeks who sing opera and show tunes.
A choir is a team and you have to be sure that team (or choir) has certain traits in order for it to be majorly successful. So if you’re looking into building a choir, here is an easy how to plan for you!
The obvious needs of a good choir are music and music stands, but what else is there?
A Fantastic Director: The type of director that is hired plays a major role in what the choir will be like. If the director loves what they do and they know how to run things, thumbs up!
If the director doesn’t put their all into making the choir as polished as they can get it, be sure to have the rest of the following traits 🙂
Great Teachers: Aside from the actual director, the choir needs good teachers in it. In other words, it needs strong role models. Sometimes, the choir will contain what I like to call “bah hum bugs”.
A “bah hum bug” is a person who complains about every little thing: how they’re too tired to practice or they have better things to do, how the choir isn’t very good because they can’t get that one song right, etc.
The only goal of these so called “bah hum bugs” is to drag the whole team down to their level. They need to be taught the vital importance of being a team player.
This is exactly where our strong role models come in to the equation 🙂
Funding: A good choir needs funding in order to grow to its full potential. Fundraising is a good way to start building the choir. Click HERE to find some of the best fundraising ideas ever, just for your choir 🙂
Patience: Phenomenal choirs don’t become phenomenal over night! It takes time and a lot of rehearsals/practices.
Support: Support is great in all aspects! However, there is a certain type of support that I will be discussing at the moment… support for each other.
If a choir has singers who support each other and lift each other up, the whole team will excel a great deal! Music has been known to be a fairly competitive subject and because of this, it is easy to become jealous of other choir members if they are excelling above you in some way.
I remember there being circumstances, like solo auditions in my choir, where jealous looking faces were very popular among the singers.
Desire: Desire within the singers is definitely the most important building block. I cannot stress this one enough.
Without desire, the choir would be nothing. Everyone in the choir needs to contain the desire within themselves to be and sing as part of the team.
I hope this article has helped you understand which building blocks are needed in order to build a fantastic choir!
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Catch ya later,