January is always a busy month for chorus, but this one is crazy! All-State Chorus is a week later this year than it has been in the past, so when I get back, there will only be two weeks to finish our preparations for Solo and Ensemble performance assessment. And when you add in the fact that the FCAT diagnostic test is the Tuesday and Wednesday before S&E, you can see that we are really being pressed for time.
What can you do if you are a soloist or the member of an ensemble? Practice! You will have to do most of it on your own, because our time together is very, very limited. Some soloists come in every day that there is morning practice, and some of you I have only heard once, in class. I do not want this to be a bad experience for anyone, but it will not be a good one if your aren’t prepared.
What if you aren’t involved in S&E? What can you do to help? Well, you can be considerate of those who are involved when we take time to work in class. That means, be quiet! Listen to what the singers are doing. Be a good audience if they sing for you. Offer constructive criticism. Be a friend. Remember, we’re all on the same team.