RE: [KWChoir] Re: lot's of stuff
- It's obvious we all have shared goals, of getting as many people as possible
to sing. We need to be encouraging, because some people are unsure of their
skills and need to be encouraged.
A lot of people agree that there's some bottom line at which a person
doesn't have the skills to successfully participate in a choir. That bottom
line is pretty low and very rarely run into. My case is an aberration.
I said what I did because I was afraid that the second point (bottom line)
was generating enough heat to obscure the first point (encouraging people).
I love early music and have been hooked since I listened with hypnotic
fascination to my first David Munrow album. I love sharing early music with
people and shedding some of the popular myths that seem to surround it.
Music is the important thing here, not the rare encounter I had.
On an unrelated note, the Swingle Singers have vocal arrangements for
Agincourt and Pastyme with Good Companye that have some voices singing the
parts while other voices mimic drums and instruments like shawms and flutes.
It's a hoot, I'd love to try them sometime when I've got 8 parts.
- I have *so* been on both sides of this one. Right now, in fact, in my choir at church (and I give thanks that I'm not the conductor) I want to both shove a trumpet mute in the mouth of the Flat Soprano, and quietly castrate the tenor who keeps making the rude (if true) comments about her pitch.One of the difficulties of having a volunteer choir is that, if you make it too difficult to participate, you'll be waving your hands and nothing happens because you've got no singers. But the unfortunate flip side is that sometimes you end up tolerating behaviors that are, well, indefensible. Like people who just can't sing, or who are never on time, or forget to bring their music, or don't come to rehearsals at all, or dress inappropriately, or are nasty to other people in the choir, etc.There are no easy answers to this one. And I think this is probably the best forum for discussing the situation, within the parameters that Erlan suggests, because everyone on this list wants to make the best choral experience for all participants and audience members, and learning to deal with these issues is a part of that.Anyone who hasn't been in the identical situation has no idea how completely one bad, loud voice can confound the best choir. I've had it happen, all too recently, that a single bad, loud voice, actually had the rest of the choir singing An Entirely Different Piece than the one the rest of us were looking at-- even though the rest of us could sing and knew the "real" piece backwards and forwards, and many of us are what you'd call "strong" singers. Ouch.For what it's worth, Master Lazarus, I made myself hideously unpopular my first year conducting at Pennsic by sticking to a registration deadline. Got a nasty write-up in the Pennsic newspaper, too. Probably there are still people out there who spit when they say my name. But I dearly hope-- and believe-- that I didn't destroy anyone's love of music, and that the people who didn't get to sing with me that one year are still singing and playing in spite of me. If the one singer (and her dad) hate your guts, I'm sorry, and it may cost you a sleepless night or two. But overall, *far* more people appreciate your hard work, *far* more people enjoyed the choir's performance, than those who were put off by your insistence on certain standards. You go, guy.ElfridaNor are stuff and work unakin. Rather, they are groundwise thesame, and one can be shifted into the other. The kinship betweenthem is that work is like unto weight manifolded by the foursideof the haste of light. (from "Uncleftish Beholding")
- --- Eric Grace <carlogesualdo@...> wrote:
> One of the difficulties of having a volunteer choirHear, hear. I completely agree.
> is that, if you make it too difficult to
> participate, you'll be waving your hands and nothing
> happens because you've got no singers. But the
> unfortunate flip side is that sometimes you end up
> tolerating behaviors that are, well, indefensible.
> Like people who just can't sing, or who are never on
> time, or forget to bring their music, or don't come
> to rehearsals at all, or dress inappropriately, or
> are nasty to other people in the choir, etc.
> There are no easy answers to this one. And I think
> this is probably the best forum for discussing the
> situation, within the parameters that Erlan
> suggests, because everyone on this list wants to
> make the best choral experience for all participants
> and audience members, and learning to deal with
> these issues is a part of that.
I continue to deal with these issues and appreciate
good ideas and discussion whenever available.
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