The beginning of this activity always starts with collecting all the possibilities, and the Rehoboth Beach Choral Workshop is perfectly timed to add some new selections to my options. Hearing about great music that my fellow choral directors have discovered, shopping the Musical Source, and learning from fabulous guest clinicians (this year it’s Rollo Dilworth!) is a great way to get inspired and kick start the process.
While repertoire selection is one of my favorite parts of the job, it is also one of the most time consuming. There are so many considerations—developing vocal and musical skills, facilitating each ensemble’s best sound, challenging but not overloading, providing a variety of styles, languages, themes, tempi, modes, and meters, etc. Singing through the music at reading sessions and hearing the advice of others always helps to narrow down the selections.
Summer is also the time when I wish there were more concerts. So many of the performances I want to attend at the holidays or in the spring are in direct conflict with one of my own rehearsals or concerts. We are excited to be bringing a group of choristers from the Wilmington Children’s Chorus to perform on the first night of the RBCW. We’ll be reprising some selections from our spring concerts, “Stand Together: Songs of Hope and Unity” which focused on the force for good that our youth can be during these challenging times for Wilmington. If you know of other choral performances coming up this summer, I encourage you to post them as a comment so we can all take advantage of the opportunity!