[Perform-Talk] need some ideas

S L Johnson SLJohnson25 at comcast.net
Tue Aug 30 15:14:34 UTC 2016


I am also a soprano and have acted as soloist and section leader.  There are 
several ways you can deal with the various duties of this position.  The 
financial forms can be done with a sighted person to help you or if someone 
has the forms on computer so all you have to do is fill in the information. 
Taking attendance can be done easily if you can recognize the voices of your 
fellow sopranos.  Otherwise, ask someone to let you know who is missing so 
you can make a note of their names.  The more difficult job will be the 
marks and notes the director gives the singers for the music.  I have done 
this many times but it does take some creative ways to get the job done.  I 
used Braille music so making marks or changes is not possible.  I could take 
a separate sheet of paper and write out the marks and changes but, that is 
much too slow at the speed most choral directors go as they are going 
through the music during rehearsals.  I always record rehearsals so I can go 
back and listen to any notes or marks that have been given.  Most of the 
time I just memorize them but have them written out just in case.  If there 
are too many notes within one piece of music.  In that case, you have to be 
able to read Braille on two different sheets with both hands at the same 
time.  It takes some juggling of pages but, I have done it many times.  I 
sang with one director who made many changes to the music often including 
having the sopranos join with the altos for some sections.  Most of the time 
in Braille music we only get our soprano part so I had to write out those 
sections myself.  I think you should give this a lot of thought and consider 
the ways you can modify the various tasks to suit your needs and still 
satisfy the choral director.  Then when you sit down with them you will 
already have some ideas to present.  Many times a director is more relaxed 
if you have already thought out how you can do what is required to fill this 
position as a section leader.  Good luck to you and feel free to contact me 
if you have any other questions.

Sandra Johnson
SLJohnson25 at comcast.net

-----Original Message----- 
From: Sandra Streeter via Perform-talk
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2016 8:46 PM
To: perform-talk at nfbnet.org
Cc: Sandra Streeter
Subject: [Perform-Talk] need some ideas

Hi, all,

A wonderful opportunity may be crossing my path, and I wanted to check in 
with you for some â?oblind-friendlyâ? ideas as I consider this. Iâ?Tm 
seriously thinking about taking on the position of soprano section leader 
for a local community chorus of 40-50 members. Iâ?Tll be meeting with the 
current leader and our chorus manager when we re-convene in a couple weeks, 
to discuss the idea, and, having never had a post like this, Iâ?Tm open to 
suggestions. Here are the duties, as cited in an email from our current 
soprano section leader. Handling ticket and sponsor money may no longer be 
necessary, Iâ?Tm told by our president, since those tasks may be 
re-delegated elsewhere, but in case I ever need to address that, feel free 
to speak about that, too. Thanks!

  1.. Attend registration and account for dues paid, by taking payment and 
completing the info form so they can pick up music.
  2.. Take and mark weekly attendance.
  3.. Accept and total money and checks for donations/tickets and fill out a 
Donations Received form and give it to the treasurer.
  4.. Compare donation/sponsorship monies to items on the donation sheets 
and turn them in to sponsorship chair.
  5.. Information taker and disseminator.   I often have to keep track of 
music markings/notes and pass them along to sopranos that have missed 
rehearsal.  I also have to pass along any information that has been shared 
with me via phone/email.
  6.. Other miscellaneous items asked to do.

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is 
invisible to the eye." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Little Prince

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