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conducting a choir

Discussion in 'Music' started by i the t, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. i the t

    i the t New commenter

    I've been asked to conduct a choir at a big event this wknd.
    I've never done this before and the choir have been rehearsing the piece with the pianist as director for a few months and director doesn't think we need one. I will get one rehearsal to go through it with them before the event.
    Do you think it's necessary for a choir to have a conductor ?
  2. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Most choirs tend to look better if there's no conductor in the way. I think I'd trust the judgement of your pianist.
  3. There's no point in having a conductor who has not been rehearsing with them so, in this circumstance, I would say no, especially if you have never conducted a choir before.
    If the choir know what they are doing they will do far better on their own than with a novice waving their hands about in front of them.
  4. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    I don't conduct my children's choir as a rule but in a concert and the practises leading up to it i stand at the back of he hall (our venues aren't usually loud) and give a certain amount of direction from there. It's hard enough for adults to do the right thing all the time without a conductor, never mind children, but i don't much like a conductor in front of a children's choir as it covers up so many of them!
  5. i the t

    i the t New commenter

    thanks for the advice people,

    looks like we don't have much choice though !

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