Captivating Audiences Through Creative Transitions
Kyle Zeuch, President-Elect of ACDA-PA
Let’s face it, we live in a world of 21st century humans that can be entertained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with the screen in their pocket! While we may not see our primary focus as entertainers (the journey is just as important as the destination, right!?), as choral conductors and teachers, we can captivate our audience in creative ways. Maybe an audience member has limited experience with choirs but is attending the concert because their child has joined the seventh-grade chorus. Maybe they have been to high school choral concerts before and just don’t get why this singing thing is so important. Maybe the audience member is a choral enthusiast looking for something new. The suggestions shared in this article are for all of the above!
Beyond captivating the short attention span of our audience, creative transitions can speed up your concert and eliminate down time. Transitions can connect your repertoire selections with a common thread that adds to the thematic nature of the concert. Perhaps the creative transitions limit the number of times the audience applauds. When an audience member applauds, they are thinking about what just happened, when they are asked not to applaud, they are thinking both about what just happened but also what’s happening next. This lack of permission to clap may lead them to think about their emotional reaction to what they just heard and anticipate the applause that they can generously give when appropriate.
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If you’d like more ideas about adding creative transitions to your choral program, let’s talk! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.