Easy How to Plan on How to Build a Choir

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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Comment any questions or further thoughts. I would enjoy reading all of them 🙂

Catch ya later,

Jillian

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  1. David

    June 2, 2017 at 6:53am

    Nice post Jillian, I love the place of directors and teachers. It is true in any choir the director and teachers play a key role. I will always refer to this post when I need tips building a choir. Thank you

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      Jillian

      June 2, 2017 at 3:36pm

      Hey David! Thank you for visiting Mastering the Music 🙂 The role models and directors do definitely help the choir grow, especially when they are great at what they do! I’ve been fortunate enough to see this growth actually happen right in front of my eyes. Our choir got a new choir director and from then on, we actually accomplished things that we honestly probably wouldn’t have ever thought of accomplishing. Again, thank you very much for visiting and I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

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  2. Furkan

    June 16, 2017 at 11:10pm

    Lately I have been thinking that desire can lead to real success and my cosine really wants to get in a choir but my aunt does not allow him because of his school. What should be the best approach here?

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      Jillian

      June 16, 2017 at 11:37pm

      Hey there, Furkan! Hmm… that is a tough question to answer, for I don’t understand what you mean by “because of his school”. However, I can definitely tell you that there is a pretty easy solution that can most likely be used for this situation! He can start his own choir, or glee club. This sounds difficult, but actually is pretty simple. He can gather a couple of buddies from school who share the same love for music and singing as he does and start picking out some songs to sing. As far as venues to sing at are concerned, usually, in many communities, there are festivals who allow performers to sign up and perform for their community. That’s what I did when I was a small child and wasn’t old enough to actually join a choir. Thank you so much for visiting us today! I hope this has helped you AND your cousin in great amounts 🙂

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  3. Kevin McNamara

    June 17, 2017 at 1:57am

    Hi Jillian,

    The more posts of yours I read the more I feel the bug to join a choir haha! I was in a couple of choirs over the years and since we moved back down to the Gold Coast I haven’t had a chance to look for one. But I will now!

    Or of course I could start my own! With all your tips here I could probably look at doing that 🙂

    Thanks again, Kev

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      Jillian

      June 17, 2017 at 5:22am

      Hi Kevin! Thank you! I am glad you enjoy my articles!! I definitely recommend you to look into joining a choir, because I am sure you are familiar with the awesomeness of being involved with one since you’ve been in a few in the past 🙂 Or, of course, you could build your own choir! It could be a fun project!! Thank you so much again for checking out my article and I hope you get the chance to come back and visit us again soon!

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  4. Angela

    June 17, 2017 at 3:50am

    I totally agree with your comments regarding the director. The director really sets the whole tone of the choir. There is a certain trust and connection that a good director develops with his/her choir that translates with the whole delivery of the music which enhances the “art” portion a concert. How do you feel about auditions for choosing your singers in developing your choir?

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      Jillian

      June 17, 2017 at 5:29am

      Hello Angela! For sure, the director plays a key role in what the choir will be like. I’ve found this to be true from experience. We had a new choir director about a year and a half ago who took pride in what she did and I do have to say, we were never as good as when she came along and started teaching us haha! But, unfortunately for us, she recently took another job in another state! We were all quite heartbroken. However, we have recently gotten the chance to meet our new teacher who, I am sure, will be just as awesome 🙂 As far as auditions go… It depends on the type of choir you have the desire to build. If it’s an advanced group, definitely hold auditions! If you wish to let anyone join, you can still hold auditions, but it wouldn’t do much good. Honestly, as an individual, I would hold auditions just for the heck of it. That’s my favorite part of putting together shows and groups 🙂 Thanks for checking out my article! I hope you can come back and visit us here at Mastering the Music again soon!!

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