Date: September 5, 2013
For the past 7 years our elementary school has had separate Chorus and Band concerts. Mainly due to the choral programs
numbers (grade 3-6) and the logistics or moving around choruses of 100 students each on and off stage with an easy
tranistion so as not to loose the audience. I run a pretty tight ship, the instrumental guy is sloppy with the kids and does not have
the same expectations for the students' performances.The admin. has reduced both groups (band/chorus) rehearsal times to 9 before
the concert. I feel that my program may get a bit smaller, but I still think separate evenings is a good thing. More music scheduled
for parents to come out and see (visibility) and the students can focus on just one thing and not be scattered or worried about both.
My instrumental teacher wants the concerts "combined" because he "can't carry a concert" and can only do two songs (?) I suggested he
focus a bit more on small ensemble works that will really show off the lesson groups' growth. By the way, I have a masters in instrumental
music and taught it and general/vocal music for over 10 years before becoming solely general vocal. Am I unreasonable? Can anyone
who does have them on separate evenings give me any more in terms of justification in case this becomes a huge issue? Open minded and
would appreciate feedback.