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Chorus Rehearsal

Congratulations on joining a GALA Chorus! This page offers tips for rehearsal preparation, etiquette, music reading and score-marking.

Chorus Rehearsal Preparation

  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day before an evening rehearsal (not including tea, coffee and soft drinks which actually dry out your vocal folds). Ample water will help your vocal folds stay hydrated through a rehearsal process.
  • Warm up your voice by humming or singing gently on the way to rehearsal. See Singer Voice.
  • Arrive early in order to find the rehearsal space, your assigned seat and put your music in rehearsal order.
  • Bring a pencil – a crucial tool for marking your music scores every time the conductor gives instruction in rehearsal.
  • Bring a water bottle and continue to hydrate during the rehearsal and at breaks.
  • Bring a choral binder or simply a three ring binder to keep your music in one place and accessible during the rehearsal.

Rehearsal Etiquette

  • Turn off your cell phone when you arrive at rehearsal.
  • Never chew gum during a chorus rehearsal.
  • Watch the conductor and hold your music up so that you can see the score and the conductor at the same time.
  • Save your chatting with friends for break time and before or after rehearsal.
  • If you are struggling with a vocal part listen to the voices around you and sing quietly until you have the part down. Or, ask your section leader for assistance with a difficult section of music.
  • If you smoke at break time be sure to move well away from other singers and use a breath mint when you return to rehearsal. Singers around you do not want to breathe smoke smell while they are singing.

Music Reading

Learning to read music is like any other language or music skill, you simply need good tools and plenty of practice to be an excellent music reader. Your chorus may provide music reading classes for singers who are new to music reading. The resources below also offer lessons and exercises to practice music reading on your own.

DataDragon offers a series of lessons on reading the score, clefs, note and rest values, dynamic markings

This WikiHow explores music reading in more depth including an exploration of keys.

Tablets in Rehearsal

Some choirs are now utilizing electronic tablets for storing and marking scores in rehearsal. See Technology in Rehearsal.