First time guest conductor at a middle school festival
Date: March 24, 2014
I'm 2.5 weeks away from my first guest conducting gig for a county wide middle school choral festival. It is a two day affair with a concert the evening of the second day. The students come from about 6 different schools/districts and we have 6 pieces. I have a lot of experience with middle school students but am a bit nervous about figuring out ways to keep things interesting and fresh for very long rehearsals without wearing the kids (and myself) out. I hope to incorporate listening, movement, etc. into the rehearsal process. If you have pointers of any sort in regard to rehearsal prep, teaching tools, etc., please send them my way. What do you wish someone had told you prior to your first festival gig?
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