Need a Fresh Look
Date: March 12, 2013
Have you ever thought your group was doing really well but then reality smacks you in the face? Maybe in the form of a choral contest or an MPA (in Florida). Then you ask yourself "How did I not hear this before? Where was I during rehearsal? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN!?!?!" (Especially after you get the CD's of your live performance and you hear that the tenors don't know their notes, the altos are belting, the sopranos are screaming, and the basses are an easy quarter step flat.)
So, my confidence is shaken in my ability to move forward. I believe if I heard another choir sing like this I would know how to help, but I am lost with my own group. Currently, I can only see their limitations, not their possibilities, so I make excuses for their bad technique rather than fix the problems.
My question then is: how does a choral conductor of several years step back and re-evaluate rehearsals and performances and everything in between - hearing with unclogged ears.
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