BTW, I don't know if you are
familiar with how our Orange chapter program works, but it may be of
We meet in a church kindergarten school, with one large room for the meeting and three classrooms for practice rooms, and can also practice in the meeting room, a storeroom, and the men's head (the rest room, if you're not a seagoing man).
At the beginning of the
meeting, we warm up singing the traditional songs as a chorus, and
perhaps work on a new song for the Chapter repertoire. Meanwhile
one of our members takes name tags for each member present and hangs the
tags on a board to form quartets.
It is very unlikely that
there will be equal numbers of people for each part, so if he has, say,
some extra leads or whatever, he assigns them to already picked
quartets. We might have then a group, for example with one tenor, two
leads, one bari, and three basses. Each such group is assigned a
At the end of the warmup,
the order is "Bring up the board!" and the board is brought forward,
members find to which practice room they are assigned, and they proceed
to their room, where they pick a song or songs and rehearse. Choice of
song is entirely up to the group.
NOTE: All of the singing is
QUARTET only (with rare exceptions for guests such as a New Zealander
who visited us last week and didn't know any of our repertoire). So the
example group I described above would sing three songs, one for each
bass. The two leads will decide how to apportion the three songs between
them, and the tenor and bari get to sing in all three songs.
After rehearsal, we go back
to the meeting room, and each quartet sings its song for the group.
We then take a break for
rest and refreshments.
After the break, we come
back in and check the board again. It usually has been changed somewhat.
We then go to our rehearsal rooms, pick new songs, rehearse, come back
to the meeting room, and sing again.
It is then time to Keep
America Singing, take down and stow the chairs and tables, and head for
afterglow at a Shakey's Pizza.
BTW, most of our members are
dual members with the Masters of Harmony or the Fullerton, Westminster,
or Irvine chapters, and probably afew others.