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What time are your choral rehearsals held?

What time are rehearsals held for your main auditioned choral ensemble? How many hours per week do you rehearse?
How many members are in your ensemble?
How large is your school?
Thanks in advance for sharing your information.
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on August 30, 2011 4:43am
Dear Dawn,
Mansfield University's main touring ensemble is the Concert Choir.   The group rehearses four 50-minute periods each week
on MWF at 11:30 am and then Thursdays at 4 pm.
We average about 55 members in the ensemble depending upon strengths in each section.
There are approximately 3000 students in the university with 250 music majors.
I will be interested in the replies to your message.
Best wishes, Peggy Dettwiler
on August 31, 2011 1:06pm
Hi Dawn,
Hope you are doing well! Here at Lake Forest (1400 students) we've struggled to find the right times to rehearse. Our current situation works well in some ways; very few academic courses meet during the noon hour or at 4pm, however all athletic teams practice at 4 and nearly 50% of our student body plays on a team. I wish we could rehearse more, but my students are very over committed and interested in lots of things.
Concert Choir (36 singers) meets TR 4-5:30
Women's Chorus (36 singers) meets MR 12-12:50
Men's Chorus (16 singers) meets TF 12:12:50
Chamber Singers (16-24 singers drawn from all other ensembles) meets W 4-5:30
What is your set up right now?
on September 1, 2011 11:27am
It's great to hear from you.  Thanks for this info; it is helpful. Our school has about 1300 students. I have also been struggling with rehearsal times, and our students sound much like your students - they are involved in many, many activities.  Our rehearsals also compete with athletes, and I also feel very cramped for rehearsal time. But I have started talking to the coaches, and for the most part they are interested in having the students also participate in music, so have allowed some students to train independently some days so that they can attend rehearsals.
Our groups are:
Chamber Singers (about 32 this year) - MW 4:15 - 5:30
Women's Chorus (new this year - 20 singers) - MW 4:30 - 5:30 and F 4 - 5.
College-Community Chorus (mostly community members; only a few students participate - about 50 singers) - T 7:30 - 9:00.
Our semester is dividided into 12 and 3 week sessions, and our performance is during the 12, so we don't have many weeks. We perform one concert per semester, wth all the groups involved, so that no one group has to carry the concert. I am starting to do outreach programs occassionally - getting publicity and support has been a struggle, but I am slowly making headway. Had some rough waters to deal with coming into this program, so in a way am rebuilding from scratch.
on September 1, 2011 11:25am
Hope this helps:
College Chorus: MWF 12-12:50, between 45 and 50 singers each semester 
Spectrum (chamber choir): MWF 11-11:50 with an occasional Thurs. night from 7:00-9:00, 20 singers each semester (up from 16)
Our community college is in a small city, and draws a mostly rural population. There are approximately 500 full-time students each semester, with many, many more part time. 
As another poster mentioned, this may not be ideal (and we've struggled with it), but the lunch hour seems to be the best fit for our particular situation.
on September 1, 2011 2:59pm
UTPB has about 4000 students and around 20 majors.  The dust is still settling, but I think I'll have 12 in the auditioned choir.  They meet MWF 12:30-1:30, but we're moving into a new facility (yay) 8 miles from campus (boo) so I'll probably change to longer rehearsals less often so they don't have to drive so much.
I know you didn't ask, but I tend to prefer shorter rehearsals more often.  I think a daily one-hour rehearsal or MWF for 75-90 minutes would be great, but three quarters of my students would have to drop the course if I did that.
on September 1, 2011 8:43pm
Friends University Singing Quakers rehearse TWRF 12-1. The Singing Quakers are from the old symphonic choir tradition so there are typically 75-90+ members of the choir.  Friends University has approx 3000 students total.
University of Alabama University Singers rehearse MW from 2-3 and TR from 2-3:15 with about 55 members of the ensemble. The University of Alabama has just over 30000 students. 
on September 2, 2011 6:37pm
At Central Washington University, the premier choral group - Chamber Choir - has rehearsed from 1-1:50 on MTW and 12-1:50 on Thursday with a one hour required sectional outside of class for the 5 years I've been here.
This year our whole (and I mean whole) music dept. schedule has been revamped for the first time in about 25 years - and Chamber Choir is 2-3:15 M W Th F - with, again, the one hour outside of class secional.
We have about 275 music majors, 10,000 students.
The choir has been as few as 24 and as high as 36, depends upon what I consider an appropriate skill-level cutoff point is each year. . .
on September 3, 2011 9:17am
The Bethany College Choir (Lindsborg, KS) rehearses MTRF 12:00-12:50.  My more select Chamber Choir rehearses MF 4:25-5:55.  I have 30 singers in the auditioned College Choir.  Our college has approximately 640 students.
on September 3, 2011 12:39pm
The Concordia University Wisconsin Kammerchor (select touring chamber choir) rehearses MW 4:10-5:50 pm.  The time works relatively well since few students have course conflicts (and the Wind Ensemble meets at the same time TuTh), but we do run into some conflicts with athletic practice schedules.  The biggest downside is that this schedule gives us very little rehearsal time, especially when comparing with similar groups at other schools.  We rehearse occasionally on F's 4:10-5:00 as well, but I usually give them time off from their regularly scheduled rehearsals in compensation, usually at strategic times (right after concerts, right before university breaks, etc.).
The ensemble usually has 35-40 members (we're at 41 this semester), and the university has about 2500 traditional undergrad students (but 7500-8000 if you count the total number of students).
on September 4, 2011 2:12pm
Thanks, everyone, for your replies. This is very helpful.
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