Lisa Billingham On Building A Community Within Your Choir

LISA BILLINGHAM on building a community within your choir. “Dr. Eph Ehly, one of my mentors, would randomly select a day when we had a slip of paper on our chair and we were directed to write a positive or uplifting note to someone else in the choir, usually directed to the person beside us or behind us (you can be creative about how to design this). The slip of paper would simply say: [blank for a name], I appreciate that you bring [blank – leave this as a space for a phrase] to our community/rehearsal. You can print these out and have them ready to go on a day when morale is high, or when it needs a boost. I still remember how that made me feel, and it has been twenty years since the experience.”

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