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question for anyone who has sung in a choir (jura, FAQ (probably), Mrs Badger, Cali, Tortoiseshell and many more I bet)

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harpsichordcarrier · 04/09/2008 21:07

slightly DULL question, sorry
I am thinking of appointing heads of sections, as our choir just gets bigger and BIGGER.
have you experience of having a section representative?
were they appointed or volunteered?
what did they do?
did it work?
any help greatly appreciated

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Marina · 04/09/2008 21:11

I think it's a great idea
Have seen this work unofficially - in that the most confident singer in the four parts dec and can would make sure the others were all sure of the notes etc
Never sung in a choir where it was placed on a formal footing
If orchestras have Principal Bassoon I don't see why it won't work well in choirs.
I would see them telling you that so and so isn't here or whatever, or being the one to pipe up if their line was wobbly.

harpsichordcarrier · 04/09/2008 21:17

ah thanks Marina.
I also thought they could approach me/MD with any concerns; one of the issues at the moment is that the MD gets swamped with people and he can get a little overwhelmed [delicate artistic flower emoticon]

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JulesJules · 04/09/2008 21:17

Have sung in lots of choirs and never had this, but agree it sounds like a good idea and think it would work well as long as everyone was aware of the role and responsibilities.

Marina · 04/09/2008 21:19

Our problem was more that our MD was a fabulous conductor but took no hostages, so some of us weedier sops were too scared sometimes to ask him to revisit tricky passages
Go for it harpsi
at singing in a choir where other parts don't talk/knit/giggle through rehearsals

mehgalegs · 04/09/2008 21:19

I am between choirs (audition next week eek!!)

The one I have left had rep for each section, volunteered.

They didn't appear to do a great deal apart from pass a card round each week for whoever had had a fall (the reason I left was because I was youngest there by about 40 years!)

Califrau · 04/09/2008 21:21

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tortoiseshell · 04/09/2008 21:22

Yes, it can work very well! Useful for the conductor to have someone to liase with, also the librarian etc! And if you have an issue with a soprano who just can't reach the notes anymore, a rep can talk to them more easily to persuade them down to alto!

Lilymaid · 04/09/2008 21:29

We have always had section reps in the big choirs I've been in (both local choirs and major symphony choruses). Generally there is a call for volunteers, then a vote amongst the section. What they then do depends on the way the choir is constituted.
But the idea of sopranos going down to altos ... well really ... that is a matter for the conductor on reaudition. Altos aren't superannuated sopranos!

Califrau · 04/09/2008 21:32

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harpsichordcarrier · 04/09/2008 21:34

oh thanks to you all, this is all very helpful.
lol at passing round a card for someone who has had a fall sounds familiar.
actually, we are surprisingly young and fresh, relatively

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Califrau · 04/09/2008 21:37

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harpsichordcarrier · 04/09/2008 21:50

I have been to a fair few funerals....

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jura · 07/09/2008 13:15

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