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Choir Ninja, with Ryan Guth

Apr 18, 2017

You’ve given the final cut off, you’ve taken the last bow, but the show’s not really over until Elvis has most definitely left the building. In today’s episode you’ll find tips for talking to members of the audience, releasing your choir after a job well done, and celebrating afterwards. End your concert in a way that’s satisfying for your singers, your audience, and yourself.   Listen: Click and Highlight to Tweet: Kids tend to think self-deprecation is a form of humility. It’s not. Show Notes: After the show

  • Remain “ON” until you get in the car.
  • Leave “briskly” to enhance “mystery”
    • draw the curtain
    • dismount the risers
    • exit the hall
  • Get back to the green room
    • Address your choir
    • Dismiss them to greet their people
  • Greet your people ASAP
    • Shake hands
    • Take photos with the choir members if asked
    • Kiss a baby
    • If you feel awkward because no one is walking up to you, then walk up to them and say “Thank you for coming!’
    • This is not a time for parent/teacher conferences. Dismiss everything irrelevant by saying “I’d be happy to discuss this with you at another time. Email me your question?”
  • Learn to accept a compliment
    • “Thank you. I’m really glad you enjoyed it”
    • Self-deprecation is NOT humility
  • Learn how to respond to a criticism
    • “Thank you. I’m really glad you enjoyed it”
    • Keep it positive - “I see where you’re coming from.”
    • Redirect: “What DID you enjoy?”
    • Don’t engage negativity.
  • Learn to reflect later
    • With yourself
    • With peers in the choir
  • Recruit help to break down the performing area/reset the room
    • This should not be the director’s job by themself
  • Celebrate with people who support you.
    • It feels good.
    • It may be up to you to schedule this ahead of time
3 Key Takeaways:
  1. Leave like you mean it, not like you are unsure of what to do next
  2. Two main groups need your attention immediately after the concert: your singers and your audience.
  3. After the concert, it’s time to celebrate. Hold off on any critical analysis until the next day.
Resources/links Mentioned:
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  • Check out the amazing voice work of Tim Paige! He’s the voice of the Choir Ninja intro.
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