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Combined Choir Rehearsal Host

Combined Choir Rehearsal Host schools

To be a Combined Choir Host School

  • You will need a rehearsal space with enough chairs to seat a minimum of 80 and a maximum of 100 students, including your own choir.
  • You will need an accompanist. If you do not have an accompanist at your school, please contact the PSMF and we will send you a list of HPI Accompanist contact details. You need to confirm your accompanist’s availability before you make your submission.
Apply to be a Combined Choir Host

All ‘Adelaide Festival’ metropolitan schools must attend or host one Combined Choir rehearsal in Weeks 3 - 7 of Term 1.

A Combined Choir rehearsal is a combined schools rehearsal for choir students and choir teachers where the Director (Robyn) or Assistant Director of Music (Cathy) introduce and teach songs from the 2021 Festival of Music repertoire.

What is the purpose of a Combined Choir rehearsal?

  • So your choir students will work with either Robyn or Cathy, and begin a ‘relationship’ which will develop through future school choir visits and assessments, concert rehearsals and performances, solo pre-audition workshops, solo auditions and masterclasses.
  • To model best choir practice – for the students AND Choir Teachers – to learn specific warm ups / choral techniques / teaching strategies (ongoing observation opportunity / PD).
  • To provide the experience of singing in a bigger choir, ie the concept of the ‘mass choir’ or a large team of singers!
  • To motivate students and promote the idea that “choir is fun”.
  • To teach “Hot Spots” or tricky bits to students, which will also assist Choir Teachers who may not be as familiar with the repertoire early in the year.
  • So YOU can observe YOUR students during the choir rehearsal for suitability, potential, focus, etc.
  • So YOU can make connections with local schools, to network with other Choir Teachers AND to create opportunities for future collaborations or bus sharing for rehearsals.
  • To promote a consistent approach to teaching the repertoire.
  • To promote the values of participation, equity and inclusivity for ALL students, Choir Teachers and Support Staff.

What are the benefits of hosting a Combined Choir rehearsal at your school?

Now that affiliation is underway, we are asking for schools to volunteer as host schools for our Term 1 Combined Choir rehearsals.

A cluster rehearsal is held at a HOST school, and one or more schools might attend, according to their choir rehearsal day & location, meaning students may walk to a nearby host school, or be transported by bus or private cars (even if it is a different day to your usual choir rehearsal day – saves you $$).

  • 9:15am set up, arrival and warm up of choirs, 9:30am – 10:30am,
  • or 11:15am set up, arrival and warm up of choirs, 11:30am – 12:30pm,
  • or 1:15pm set up, arrival and warm up of choirs, 1:30 – 2:30pm.

Robyn or Cathy will rehearse with your choir for the hour indicated above.

The rehearsal space is set up by the HOST school with:

  • enough chairs in the choir rehearsal space to seat a minimum of 80 and a maximum of 100 students, including your own choir
  • a music stand
  • an HPI accompanist
  • a piano or portable keyboard
  • a CD player / Bluetooth speaker / sound system.

This rehearsal can continue once Robyn or Cathy have finished, with one of the Choir Teachers leading a sing through of other repertoire, practising choreography or signing, or doing a ‘cool down’ singing game / activity. Please coordinate this with the schools and teachers who are attending your cluster.

It could be in week 3 to kick start your program!!!

OR might be later once you have commenced rehearsals, so Robyn or Cathy build on existing song knowledge and introduce new repertoire.

  • Please contact us to submit your request.
  • Confirm with your Principal that choirs from other schools can be onsite.
  • You will need a rehearsal space with enough chairs to seat a minimum of 80 and a maximum of 100 students, including your own choir.
  • Allow for a 1.5m space between different school rows and prepare / consider other social distancing protocols that your school must follow.
  • Every choir who attends a cluster rehearsal may bring one and a half times their Festival Choir allocation. For example, if your Festival Choir allocation is 32 students, you can bring 32 plus an additional 16 students, in total 48.
  • If you do not have an accompanist at your school, please contact the PSMF and we will send you a list of HPI Accompanist contact details. You need to confirm your accompanist’s availability before you make your submission.
  • When the schedule is finalised and confirmed, it will be published to all 2021 PSMF schools.

ALL schools who are NOT hosting a Combined Choir rehearsal must ATTEND a Combined Choir rehearsal via the Combined Choir rehearsal registration.

Get in early!!!!

The Combined Choir rehearsal HOSTS will be assigned in order of receipt of booking, and will be limited by geographical area.

REMEMBER to consider schools that are in your partnership, or within walking distance, and invite them to your Combined Choir rehearsal if you are registering to be a HOST school.