Two ensembles in one class period
Date: July 26, 2013
I'm taking on a part-time gig while I'm finishing up my degree. This is a high school with now only two periods of choir, a beginning mixed and an advanced mixed. It used to be three choirs with an advanced women's choir, but alas, budget cuts make it only two this year. Each mixed choir has about 45 students each with only 14 or so boys. The girls that were going to be in the advanced women's choir were just folded into the advanced mixed, so otherwise that ensemble would have been 35 students with 14 boys--definitely more desireable.
I'm tinkering with the idea of still segregating both choirs somehow. Just off the top of my head, maybe doing the mixed advanced MWF and the women on TTh. Or, in the 50 minute period, after a 10 minute tutti warmup session, rehearse one group for 20 minutes then the other for 20 for a MTWThF routine. Then the $6 million question would be is how do I keep the other choir busy when they are not rehearsing?
Do any of you have any experience with attempting this insanity? Or if not, do you have any ideas?
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