Information for Schools

Combined Choir Rehearsals

What is a Combined Choir rehearsal?

A Combined Choir rehearsal is a rehearsal for your choir students PLUS choir students and choir teachers from neighbouring schools where the Director (Robyn) or Assistant Director of Music (Cathy), engage the students in the teaching and learning of songs from the repertoire.

Combined Choir Rehearsal Open!

Why a Combined Choir rehearsal?

  • So your choir students work with either Robyn or Cathy, and begin a ‘relationship’ which continues to develop with future choir visits and assessments, concert rehearsals and performances, solo pre-audition workshops, solo auditions and masterclasses.
  • To model good choir practice – for the students AND choir teachers.
  • To provide the experience of singing and being a member of a bigger choir, ie the concept of the ‘mass choir’ with a large team of singers!
  • To motivate students and promote the idea that “choir is fun” – to help create a ‘choir effect’ in your school!
  • To teach some “tricky bits” to students AND choir teachers (who are still getting to know the repertoire early in the year).
  • So YOU can observe YOUR students, checking out their attitude, suitability and potential. You might even stand close enough to listen to voices to see if there is soloist potential amongst new kids!
  • So YOU can learn warm ups and observe specific choral pedagogy and strategies (ongoing observation opportunity / PD).
  • So YOU can make connections with local schools in your area, and create opportunities for future collaborations with neighbouring choirs – rehearsals, bus travel, etc.
  • To promote the values of participation, equity and inclusivity for ALL students, choir teachers and support staff.
  • To promote a consistent approach to teaching the repertoire.

Metropolitan Schools

  • All ‘Adelaide Festival’ metropolitan schools must attend or host a Combined Choir rehearsal during Weeks 3 - 7 of Term 1.
  • The Combined Choir rehearsal is held at a HOST school, and one or more schools will attend, according to their choir rehearsal day and location, meaning students may walk to a nearby host school, or be transported by bus / private cars.
  • Please consider attending a Combined Choir rehearsal on a different day to your usual choir rehearsal if it means it saves you the cost of a bus!
  • Plan your Combined Choir rehearsal for about 1 1⁄2 hours to include:
    • Setting up the rehearsal space with chairs, keyboard / piano, sound system, etc
    • A warm up section for some physical and vocal exercises and rounds, ideally to be done before the conductors arrive
    • One hour with Robyn or Cathy to work on the repertoire
    • A finishing section for 'cool down' exercises, choreography, games, revision of songs
  • Combined Choir rehearsals are held at the HOST school, from Monday to Friday at:
    • 9:30am – 10:30am, 9:15am arrival time for visiting choirs & set up of space,
    • 11:30am – 12:30pm, 11:15am arrival time for visiting choirs & setup of space,
    • 1:30 – 2:30pm, 1:15pm arrival time for visiting choirs & setup of space.
      Robyn or Cathy will attend for the hour indicated in bold
  • Consider "combining" early in the term - have your rehearsal in week 3, to kick start your program!!!
  • Or if you have commenced rehearsals we introduce new repertoire and build on existing knowledge.

These Combined Choir Rehearsals do not apply to Adelaide Festival Schools OUTSIDE of the GOOLWA, MURRAY BRIDGE, GAWLER Boundary

  • Your choir will receive a 2-hour visit at the end of Term 1 and will be a combination of the visit and some assessment time.
  • We will send you a proposed visit schedule early in Term 1.

    REMOTE Schools
  • Combined Choir rehearsals do not apply to ‘Adelaide Festival’ remote schools.
  • Your choir will receive a 3-hour visit at the end of Term 1 or early Term 2 and will be a combination of the visit and some assessment time.
  • This will be organised at Conference 1, and we will send you a proposed visit schedule soon after that.

***Through the above processes, our aim is to connect with every choir affiliated with the Adelaide Festival in Term 1 or 2. ***

Schools OUTSIDE of the GOOLWA, MURRAY BRIDGE, GAWLER Boundary

  • Combined Choir rehearsals do not apply to ‘Adelaide Affiliated Festival’ schools that are outside the Goolwa, Murray Bridge and Gawler boundary.
  • Your choir will receive a 2 hour visit at the end of Term 1 and will be a combination of the assessment followed by a rehearsal.
  • We will send you a proposed visit schedule at the beginning of the year.

PSMF REGIONAL FESTIVALS

  • On request, Regional Festivals and their affiliated schools are entitled to a 3-hour workshop either late Term 1 or early Term 2.
  • Robyn will contact you to negotiate your regional workshop and possible dates for your students by the end of the year or as soon as possible!!
  • Robyn will send you a proposed schedule at the beginning of the year.

If you are unsure of where your school fits in this scenario please contact the PSMF office for clarification.