Learning the songs
Part of the success of the Vancouver Orpheus Male Choir is the wonderful rapport that the choir has with its audiences. Much of this is due to the fact that the choir sings without music. Choir members must pay attention to the director, of course, but can also look at the audience. The audience can see the faces of the choir members without the distraction of a music folder in the way. Our motto is “for the Joy of Singing”, and it shows!
However, all this memorization presents a steep learning curve, especially for new members. To join the choir and be presented with a two inch thick binder of sheet music is more than a bit daunting, especially if you don’t read music!
In an effort to help out, we have devised an aid for everyone that is proving to be very useful. Choir members can hear their part emphasized but in context with the other parts while seeing the music on the screen.