10 Tips to Prepare for Your Choir Concert

‘Tis the season for Christmas Christmas parties, crowded mall parking lots, and decorations galore. With everything going on, it’s easy to overlook preparation for your upcoming choir concert. That’s why we compiled a list of ten helpful tips to make sure you’re fully prepared for this year’s concert.

  1. Know your music. Make sure you know your part—this includes the words, dynamics, entrances, etc. While you may be holding a book or have words on a screen, the more you know the music, the better you’ll be able to engage the audience.
  2. Take care of your voice. Excessively yelling at that sports event may be really fun in the moment but what may be more rewarding is actually being able to sing at the concert you’ve been preparing months for. Do your best to stay healthy and be smart about not overworking your voice in the days before the concert.
  3. Attend all rehearsals prior to the concert. This includes rehearsals on nights other than your normal scheduled rehearsal. No excuses (even if it means missing your favorite t.v. show) Make time for these extra practices because they’re important to the success of your concert.
  4. Pay attention in the rehearsals. You don’t want to be that one person to miss a cut-off or the lone wolf on the riser because you didn’t hear your choir director’s instructions. Your Facebook newsfeed and the weather forecast may be interesting, but they’ll still be there after choir rehearsal.
  5. Don’t wait until the last minute to get what you need for the concert. Need a cumberbund for your tux? Need to get your dress taken in? Gather up all of the necessary wardrobe pieces and any other items needed for your concert a few days before. You don’t want to be scrambling around the day of the concert because you can’t find that black music folder you could’ve sworn was in the back seat of your car.
  6. Test out all of your equipment and tracks. This tip is more for the choir director or sound guy but it’s so important, we couldn’t leave it out. If you have accompaniment tracks, make sure you unwrap them and play them ahead of time. Also, test out all of your sound equipment and microphones before the concert to pinpoint any issues.
  7. Arrive on time or early for your call-time. Choir directors set call times for a reason. Whether it’s 2 hours or 20 minutes before your performance, make sure you arrive prepared to contribute your full attention and energy.Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 9.37.59 AM
  8. Promote your concert. You’ve been preparing for this event since early fall. You know how good it’s going to sound and probably don’t want to be singing to an empty sanctuary (unless you haven’t been following any of the above tips). Advertise your concert on social media, put up a poster in your office (like the picture to the right from our office), or simply spread the news by word of mouth.
  9. Think of it as an opportunity to reach out to the community. This may be one of the most important tips. Your concert could be the only time in the whole year that somebody steps into your church. Spend time prior to the concert in prayer for the people that will be in the audience and to reflect on the message of the songs.
  10. Enjoy yourself. This is not only a time to reach out to your community but it’s also a time of celebration. You’ve put forth a lot of effort to prepare, your family and friends are in the audience, and most importantly, it’s an opportunity to lift up praises to God for sending his Son to earth.

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