The Choir Parents' Handbook

1. Health
2. Scholastic average
3. Vocal material

Due to the rigorous schedule of tour it is necessary that only the physically fit boys go. This does not mean that boys with allergies, etc., will necessarily be excluded but it does have important preliminary consideration.

Schooling is, of course, a major concern, and only the finest grades will suffice for the boy fortunate enough to go on a major tour. No boy with less than a "B" average is permitted to go, and, while it is possible that a boy may have an average of "C" and remain in the Choir locally, no boy is allowed in the Choir for more than a semester with failing grades; that is, with works marked as "F" or its equivalent. His schooling comes first. Therefore, he must receive suitable grades in order to participate in this extra-curricular activity. We also feel that such an experience as a major tour is well worth working for, if necessary. Periodically, report cards should be brought to the Director of the Choir upon receipt of new grades. Failure to do this in cases where children are having difficulties with subject matter is to lose a fine opportunity of aid in overcoming a problem.

Vocally, a child is selected for clarity of pitch and tone as well as accuracy of part. To fail in any one of these would jeopardize a boy's chances for tour. It is, therefore, considered a wise thing for boys to view rehearsals as places of opportunity, and daily practice as a means of putting to use the technique gained in rehearsals.

Let us say, then, that a boy has passed all his examinations thus far and is prepared for tour. There is one point left to remember. It takes one, two, or sometimes three years for us to prepare a boy for the touring group. Usually, the hardest work of a choirboy's career is just before tour when perfection is the only standard and repeated rehearsals are the only means to perfection. This is a time of straight rehearsals with much interruption of the family's schedule. It is at this time of strenuous rehearsals, therefore, that spirits lag under such a weight, and trials seem hardest, but the brightest hour is just before being realized. The results are, without question, more than worth the effort, for out of it all, a choirboy becomes, in part, a Man. Success means that he has triumphed over myriad difficulties to attain the level of showmanship and performance acceptable anywhere in the world. He has proven to others that it can be done, but most of all he has

 

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