Re: Going "Dark"
- --- In bbshop@y..., "Sammonds, Steve" <ssammonds@e...> wrote:
> I am toying around with [...] taking some time off afterHey, Steve! Let me tell you what "MY" chorus (it's so fun to say
> particularly harried periods. [...] My idea is to give the chorus a
> three-week hiatus for the remainder of May. We would still have
> chapter meetings devoted to quartetting and maybe take the
> opportunity to do some other fun things like chapter visitations.
that about the great City of Lakes SAI chorus!) does during the
We have our Christmas show (Dec 8 this year) and then have a Christmas
party on our very next regularly scheduled meeting night (Monday,
Dec 10 this year). We sing a bit and party hearty, and then take
the next 3 Mondays off, returning on the first non-holiday Monday in
January (Jan 7 in 2002).
However, here's what we expect from our singers, in exchange for the
time off. We hand out learning tapes and music at the Christmas
party and each singer is expected to have this music committed to
memory by the next rehearsal. This year, we are learning 4 songs
for our Show Package in Nashville in Nov 2002. (By the way, we're
using Sean Milligan's Learning-Tapes.com service for these tapes.
I'll let you know how it works out for us.)
The caveat is this. City of Lakes is a proud chorus with a tradition
of working hard and an expectation of excellence in performance and
contest. Thus, each singer is motivated to remain excellent and will
not shirk their duty during the time off. I'm pretty sure that most
choruses would experience some "fall off" with this kind of schedule,
but it seems to work for COL.
Hope this example gives you some insight into the problem.
Director, City of Lakes (SAI)
Baritone, Excalibur (SPEB)
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