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This module includes information and recommendations for conductors in the preparation of choral music during the final rehearsals before the concert. Rehearsals should be conducted in a sequential manner leading to a successful concert. Also included is a concert check list as an aid in accomplishing the numerous non-musical items necessary for a concert.

Final rehearsals and preparations for the concert

The last several rehearsals before a concert take on a new meaning for the choral director. The concert, for which the director and the choir have been preparing, is almost upon them. The director will find that there are a number of details that must occupy his time. These details must not interfere with the planning for these last, very important rehearsals.

These final rehearsals will have new rehearsal goals. The director must be working to put the concert together. Note hunting should be a thing of the past. The singers should be ready now to do detailed work for as long as it takes to polish a piece. As much as is possible, the time should be spent in bringing together the various sections of works that have been rehearsed for so long as separate parts. The director should plan to rehearse in large segments, at least as large as the capabilities of the choir will permit. Although the director may have placed the sections together in his mind and be totally aware of how they should sound, the singers have not. In the performance of a number of many smaller works, the singers have probably not thought of the pieces as parts of larger groups of works as they will appear in the concert. The following timetable is an example of how one could utilize the last few rehearsals before the concert.

Five Rehearsals Before The Concert

Four Rehearsals and Three Rehearsals Before The Concert

Two Rehearsals Before The Concert

The Final Rehearsal

Combining Ensembles for a Concert

Adding Instruments to a Choral Concert

Concert Checklist

Discussion questions

1. What kind of behavior from the conductor will spark the best response from a choir? The worst response?

2. Recall the format of dress rehearsals you have attended. What would you have eliminated? What was good about them?

3. Why is the wearing apparel of an ensemble important to their performance?

4. Should all music be memorized for concerts?

5. Should the conductor use music for the final rehearsals and the concert?

6. Should any pieces be dropped from the concert program as late as the final rehearsals?

7. How long should the dress rehearsal be? How long can high school students sing with intense concentration?

Project

1. Attend any dress rehearsal. Notice the pacing of the rehearsal and the manner in which the conductor talks to the ensemble. How does the conductor attempt to bolster the confidence of the ensemble?

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Source:  OpenStax, Choral techniques. OpenStax CNX. Mar 08, 2010 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11191/1.1
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