The busiest time of year for directors and choirs is NOW! Everyone is focused on perfecting those troubling measures, memorizing that last tender ballade, frantically collecting props, buildings set pieces, and everything else that goes into making Christmas so wonderful for every worshiper. With all this organized chaos in mind, it’s important that we all enjoy the journey. Otherwise, it’s possible many of the deeper meanings of Christmas become lost in the hustle and bustle. So, as you power through the paces of your final rehearsals, please consider incorporating some of these little rehearsal breaks along the way. You never know, you might just add some fun and Christmas cheer to the journey for everyone.
GIVE-AWAYS: Take a short rehearsal break to give away small Christmas gifts to your singers such as holiday pencils, Christmas CD’s, Santa hats, candy canes, ornaments and the like. This should get singers in the mood for all kinds of holiday fun. Number your rehearsal forms, or draw names out of a hat, and have a blast while breaking up the intense rehearsal moments.
QUICKHITS VIDEOS: Take a short rehearsal break and ask your singers to form small groups of 2-4 and sing one verse/chorus of a familiar Christmas carol/song while video-recording themselves with their cell phone. These can be forwarded to the director and posted on social media or other inhouse pages. A sure way to get everyone laughing and enjoying themselves during long Christmas rehearsals.
SINGLE SHEET MIXERS: Take a five-minute break and ask singers to work on filling in the blanks of a well-known holiday mixer. There are lots of them on the internet. See Pinterest. These are so much fun and can really serve to break the tension of monotonous rehearsals.
John’s recommendations for 2020: