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The Choir Director

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What is a choir director?:

A person who leads a vocal ensemble either in church, school or other performance venues.

What does a choir director do?:

The choir director does more than conduct and lead a choir, he is also tasked to make sure the members attend rehearsals and be at their best when performing. He carefully chooses the pieces that the group will perform and makes sure everything is in order; from the vocal harmony down to the stage formation.

What are the qualities of a good choir director?:

A good choir director is one who has strong leadership skills. He must be able to motivate and inspire the group, be firm and creative. A choir director sometimes acts as an accompanist, is a good singer himself, knows rules and techniques that make a vocal performance stand out. Choir directors usually have a background in teaching, music theory, conducting, harmony and vocal production. He is also knowledgeable of various musical styles that can be performed by the group.

What other pointers should a choir director keep in mind?:

  • Be firm yet positive
  • Don't forget the warm-ups
  • Choose the material based on the venue and occasion
  • If there are problems within the group, address it immediately
  • Be punctual
  • Schedule regular rehearsals
  • Why become a choir director?:

    Choir directors are very much in demand whether it be in schools, churches or other venues. If you are a born leader, willing to work in a collaborative effort (eg. consulting the Church Minister or School Administrator), love to work with large groups and know how to motivate people, becoming a choir director may be the career for you.

    Related Video:

    There are many types of choirs including, children's choirs, church choirs, community and school choirs. Watch a short clip of the Vienna Boys Choir.

    Related Website:

    ChoralNet has information on choral music and an enormous listing of choirs all over the world.

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