Running placement auditions effectively
Date: August 18, 2015
Hoping the wise people of Choralnet may be able to help me as you have done so many times in the past.....My SATB community chorus will return from their summer break in 2 weeks' time, and at our first session I will need to voice test each of the singers (all 57 of them!) for section placement. This would probably be easier with a new group, but most of the members have been singing with the ensemble for years and many have strong opinions as to which section they or the person on either side of them ought to be singing with. Soprano and Alto sections are divisi in theory at least, but the current balance isn't right. (I'm told that many singers placed with Soprano 2 under my predecessor opted to 'migrate' to Sop 1 when I took on the the role last year). Any recommendations on an efficient method for hearing each person in one session and placing accordingly whilst keeping the other singers occupied?