Training and Development
There are many opportunities for teachers to receive valuable experience and professional learning while participating in the Music Festival. The presentation of the initial full day workshops in February is funded by the Festival (release is funded by participating schools). At these workshops, complete repertoire for both the Junior and the Senior choirs is presented, demonstrated and sung and attendance by participating choir teachers is strongly recommended.
At the half day and full day rehearsals for each of the ten combined choirs, the conductors will assist students and teachers to polish the repertoire. It is essential that the choir teacher (rather than another member of staff), attends these morning rehearsals. Should a choir be unable to attend a scheduled rehearsal, please inform your conductor and the president prior to the rehearsal date.
Key members of the committee are actively involved in training programs as well as attending choral reading workshops and conferences. This enables the Festival program, policies and procedures to be up-to-date with current choral trends, repertoire and establish links in the choral world. The skills and information gained by your directors are shared with choir teachers at workshops and rehearsals.
Choir teachers are encouraged to take advantage of external programs which are publicised throughout the year by music publishers and the Arts Unit. These programs include: