High school choir voice placement
Date: April 1, 2010
I am a recent college graduate, hoping to soon find a job as a high school choir director. As I think about how I will choose to do things when I have my own choir(s), I am stuck on the question of voice placement - not necessarily even as specific as who stands next to whom, but more who sings what part, and just what voices do I have in my choir?
Where I student taught, the music program is very fortunate to have pull-out lessons established. Students are pulled out of their other classes for a 15-minutes voice lesson with the choir director about once every other week. It's an excellent way for the choir director to be able to get to know each voice (and personality!) in the choir, but I know that it's not something I can count on being present wherever I might get a job.
I have thought about just hearing individuals during class, but want to avoid the discomfort singers may feel singing alone in front of their peers during that first week of class. So, I'm looking for your thoughts and experiences about what has worked for you. How do you get to know individual voices at the start of a new year? How do you handle placement in sections? When and how do you make time to hear individuals?
I would appreciate any thoughts you might have for me. Thank you!
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