DEBORAH MELLO

Finding the Mustard Seed: How to Introduce a New Choral Work to Your Choir

Where to begin?  What is the essence of a piece? What will capture student interest in a new choral piece? Octavos will be studied in terms of score preparation, what should be introduced in a first rehearsal and reinforced in subsequent rehearsals in terms of music understanding and rehearsal efficiency. Thorough preparation of the score is essential.  Know what you want from the choir for each piece that is being rehearsed. The efficiency and success of the rehearsal is dependent upon your preparation.  The rehearsal strategy comes from the chosen repertoire.  Your lesson plan is the score!