Tuesday, March 15, 2016

How to Make Your Own Choir

Choirs bring together singers to perform in harmony.

You can make your own choir when you know the right places to look for choir members. You will need to ask yourself several questions before you begin, but once you determine details about the choir, however, answering these questions will make the process of finding performers much easier. There are several places to advertise your choir and hold rehearsals. A choir can be a beneficial and welcome addition to any community, providing a creative outlet for its members. 

Step 1 Determine the type of choir you would like to have. Choose from a boys', girls' or children's choir, female choir, male choir or mixed choir. Make your choice based on the sound and style of music you wish to sing. If you wish to sing arias and large-scale works, you should opt for a mixed choir. Children's songs, or very light delicate music should make use of a young persons' choir. For high or low-pitched music consider either a female or male choir. Choosing a mixed choir gives you the option of singing a greater variety of music.

Step 2 Locate a rehearsal space. Some viable options are local schools, community centers and churches. Often these organizations do not mind lending their facilities in exchange for occasional performances. It will be easier to work with charter and private schools since their funding is not tied to state programs. Make sure the rehearsal space is large enough to accommodate your needs. If your choir is small, you may be able to meet at your home in the beginning.

Step 3 Find choir members and a conductor by advertising in local churches, colleges, universities and community centers. Make it known that the job will be a volunteer position if you do not have funds to pay the performers. Many performers and conductors will work for free to get experience.

Step 4 Work with the conductor to create a repertoire of 45 to 60 minutes worth of music that the choir can sing easily and schedule regular rehearsals to keep the choir in top form. Meeting at least once a week will be necessary to have a high-quality ensemble.

Step 5 Contact local malls, colleges, community centers and the local parks and recreation department to find performance venues. Book concerts whenever you can and don't turn down an opportunity just because it doesn't pay. Often, new choirs have to sing for free before getting recognition.

Consult with a tax adviser if money will exchange hands. Make sure you pay taxes on any income on time to avoid penalties at the end of the year.

References
Choral Net; 10 Steps: How to start a community choir; Philip Copeland [http://www.choralnet.org/view/115244]