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Consider the following:

1. The choir should be told that you are pleased that they were selected through audition to be in the group.

2. That the development of a good choral ensemble is not a quick process but you are looking forward to working with them toward that end. This will let the members know not to expect the choir to attain a polished tone during the first rehearsal, or to sound as good as they may have in the spring concert the previous year.

3. Briefly state your ideas of the performance responsibilities that lie ahead and give them some idea of the music you intend to do in the first concert. People like to know immediately what is planned for them. Do not worry about being too specific but do not mislead the choir regarding your plans. Do not try to project plans that are unrealistic in an attempt to impress them. They will see through this if it is not true and will lose respect for their director. Ambitious plans should be thoroughly discussed with the administration before anything is mentioned to the students.

The most important thing is to get singing as quickly as possible. It is often best to say just a few words and then break into the rehearsal at a midway point and take care of other necessary announcements. The students will need a break at that time and will be ready to listen to what you have to say.

One good way to begin the rehearsal is simply by saying, "OK, let's see what we have put together," or "Let's hear what we sound like." Give a unison pitch and get the choir singing together, perhaps on a unison melodic exercise, which will sound better than trying to begin by singing four parts.

Opening exercises

The following procedure could be used satisfactorily for the first rehearsal or a variation of it could be used.

After all are seated and have the music, a few short warm-up exercises can be used to begin the rehearsal. These exercises should be considered as part of the rehearsal itself. If they are important enough to be included, they are important enough for serious attention. The singers will be somewhat nervous about the sound during the first rehearsal. It will be easier for them to make the first sound in unison, rather than trying to read a new piece immediately. There is less chance of having a bad sound occur if an exercise is used first. Do not sing too many exercises, though. The tone in the opening rehearsal will often be fuzzy and lacking in unity. Do not expect to solve all the tonal problems of the choir in the first rehearsal.

Begin the singing with an exercise using a unison hum or humming in octaves. The students can hear better when they are humming and can adjust

to the pitch easier and follow any spoken suggestions you may make. One can change from the unison into a two-, three-, or four-part chord at a simple gesture or verbal direction from the director (see fig. 8.1).

Move voices to parts at will, not metrically, changing hum to vowel as desired.

The exercise shown below can be used to loosen the voice muscles and allow the singers to project a fuller tone.

Instead of using the exercises only for warm-up, try always to incorporate some tone building concept. Even in this first rehearsal, for instance, you can begin to instill the concept of growth in each note. Teach the students to sing forward, to stretch each note to its fullest capacity. A note that does not move forward, in terms of intensity, will lose some of its vitality. Introducing this concept at the first rehearsal can be valuable to the ultimate success of the tone of the choir.

This introduction in the first rehearsal will also give the director an opportunity to improve the tone of the choir in the opening minutes of the first rehearsal of the year. The students will immediately hear the improvement of the tone and will also be impressed with the capabilities of a director who can obtain results even at the outset.

Do not overdo the warm-up exercises. Three to five minutes is enough. Get to the music and continue to allow the voices to strengthen in the first piece. It should be remembered that, usually, most of the choir has not sung, at least not intensely, for several months. Do not try to push them too far, vocally, in these first rehearsals.

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