Posted: 20 September 2022
A big thanks to everyone who came to the September Conductor Zoom Check In. It was a wonderful chance to reconnect with so many of you, share some experience and wisdom, and hear tales form afar!
Here’s a rough summary of some of the items we discussed:
- WhatsApp seems to be the leading platform for internal choir communications. It enables us to quickly and easily communicate with our members in real time. We recommend having at least two channels: one for important comms (lock sending capabilities to just yourself and the committee), and the other for community chat (facilitating connection is what we do. You can always mute the channel if you don’t want the distraction!)
- As conductors, we are employees of, and servants to the committee. Communication between us and the committee / volunteers is imperative, and we should actively and openly encourage their input. If we don’t give them a chance to develop their skills, we will be forever charged with administrative duties that take us away from the music.
- Some choirs have had some good results using Meetup to increase membership enquiries. Yell out if you’d like some support to use this platform to advertise – CA has an idle account but if there’s interest we can get it active again.
I am keen to get working on building a proper resources depository for conductors (and members, volunteers, policies & procedures, etc). Somewhere you can go and search for information and materials to make your lives easier. In the meantime, I will post what I have here each month to start building a library. Please let me know if you think of anything specific you would appreciate being added that you would use, and I’ll see what I can do.
|Cath Mundy||Wunya (original acknowledgement of country)||Indigenous, Unison||PDF Score|
|Cath Mundy||Do Widzenia (A Polish Farewell)||Polish, Round||PDF Score|
|Steph Payne||Put a Little Love in Your Heart||Popular, Soul||PDF Chart|
|Mary Kiani||Siya Hamba||Sth African, Gospel, 4-part||PDF Score|
|Mary Kiani||One Foot / Lead With Love||Soul||YouTube Link|
|Suzanne Hobson||I’ll Never Find Another You||Popular, 2-part||PDF Score|
|Chris Blain||Doo Doo Round||Nonsense, Round||PDF Score|
|Chris Blain||Nay-Nay’s Nay Scale||Exercise, 4-part||PDF Score|
|Jennifer Bee||Sumer Is Icumen In||Folk, 2-part||PDF Score|
A massive thanks to everyone who contributed this month. See you all again soon 🙂