Samford University Choirs: Charting the Future A Five-Year Plan:
With a few changes in the current choral structure, I think the choir is destined for a greatfuture. I see this as my five year plan:
2010-2011: Familiarize myself with the choral program, analysis of practices,routines, and fundamentals of the choir and my place on the music faculty.Produce a recording of one great piece of choral music.
2011-2012: [institution of new rehearsal plan] Instill work ethic, recruit heavily,CD recording project at end of year. (international tour)
2012-2013: Tour regionally, record often, recruit heavily. Perform at winterconference of Alabama Music Educator¶s Association (AMEA).
2013-2014: Perform at Regional ACDA Conference. (UAB Concert Choirperformed at 2006 and 2010 ACDA Regional Conferences)
2014-2015: National ACDA Conference possibility (a national performance willbe a real challenge, but within our grasp)
Currently Lacking in Fundamentals:
I strongly believe that the A Cappella Choir is lacking in some basic fundamentals forfuture success: educational teaching space, adequate rehearsal time, and non-music majorscholarship support.1.
. The current teaching space, Brock Hall, is a beautiful performancespace. As a teaching room, however, it is inadequate for the A Cappella Choir. Over thepast few years, choir members have had to set up Brock Hall for every rehearsal ± a processthat is quite draining over time. The size of the room and nature of the space worksagainst student concentration; it is difficult to find the necessary rehearsal intensity in thatparticular space. Although Brock Hall is a wonderful place to sing and attend concerts, it is lacking ineducational support materials ± there is no place to store music folders, write on achalkboard, play a recording, or post announcements.Because of these limitations, I¶ve moved our rehearsals to the third floor of Buchanan(#304 and #310) for the Spring 2011 semester. While this space has advantages over Brock Hall, it is not ideal: the rooms are too small and there are no built-in risers in the room.In the near future, I hope to find a time in the teaching schedule when the choir can use aroom better suited to the learning and performance of choral music (Bolding Studio).