Chorus in Jail?
Date: May 21, 2015
Next week our small church choir will be presenting its annual "concert" at our city jail. The following week, working with the chaplain there, I plan to hold auditions for a small group of men to do an 8-week pilot program to determine whether an inmate choral group might be viable on a continuing basis. (Volunteer faculty from the local university teach weekly classes in skills that will be helpful upon their release.) My experience has been mainly in church music, but in this situation I am free to do secular music as well. I'm planning to start with unison or 2-part music, and I know I'll have to include sight reading. (Oh yes - there's no budget for music, but I can probably borrow some.) If any of you have had experience in a similar endeavor I would very much appreciate any advice you can give: audition, repertoire, logistics?
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