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Stick Time: Rice Krispies® in the Choir

Male singers are like dollar bills. We never seem to have enough.  Choral conductors have been dealing with this problem for centuries; certainly we have commented about it time, after time.
 
What’s a choral educator to do with only a handful of male singers bobbing helplessly amid a sea of female voices?  One possibility might be to utilize personnel resources in a realistic manner.  Rather than trying to form a large SATB choir with only a handful of men, separate the ladies and gentlemen into two separate choirs.  The students will then have the chance to sing in a single-gender choir in which they can enjoy success, as opposed to struggling in a woefully out-of-balance mixed chorus.
 
But, Scott, what can you do with just a few guys?”  Thanks for asking.
 
Here is a performance by an eight-voice male ensemble from a recent ACDA Divisional Conference. Yes, we grant you that these are extremely talented fellows, but it wasn’t so very long ago that each of their voices resembled a bowl of Rice Krispies®: “Snap! Crackle! Pop!”
 
Ponder, then, what YOU could do with a small group of male singers.  Oh, and pass the milk, please . . .
 
on August 26, 2014 5:36pm
Start them as children. Give the boys their own chorus and they will love it. Make it safe for them to sing through the snap, crackle pop.  They will grow up and keep singing. It has happened for my boys now men. 
on August 27, 2014 10:55am
Last year, after 30 years with my SATB community choir I found that we were going to start the new season with only 5 men (one bass, four tenors) and 19 women. It started me wondering how it would feel to be a man joining a mixed choir in which the men were vastly outnumbered by the women, and realized that it would likely be quite intimidating.   So I split them into two separate choirs and advertised the "new" men's choir.  To my amazement we ended up with 27 men, all of whom could sing!  We were able to perform in four parts (TTBB) a cappella.  I am holding my breath to see how many we have this year.........

Sheila Johnson