The Elephant in the Show
Recruiting for School Choirs
the necessary, and at the same time, egregious choices in which
education (choral education in particular) presently finds itself,
perhaps we have (necessarily) focused on the immediate, and, at our
own peril, not looked far enough down the road. In our research,
nowhere can we find this particular topic being significantly
discussed. It affects all of the planning and “putting
together” choral conductors do…with or without pandemic and
curriculum adjustments. It is …
the methods and means you “normally” employ to demonstrate to
your incoming students for next year or in the next few years.
concerts for them
them to our concerts
them printed or email information
with colleagues about the students or singers they have and,
perhaps, who they might recommend even if they are not currently
we actually know who we will have in our choirs when rehearsals
we know when we could hold auditions or enrollments?
we engage with counselors or parents (if private school choirs)?
you conduct church or adult private or children’s’ choirs, what
are your plans and what resources will you need?
we’d better discuss this – as a profession.