One of the major roadblocks choral directors face is the struggle to recruit male singers. Speaker Phillip Keirstead of Masteller Middle School gave an informative workshop on just how to fix this growing epidemic. When he entered Masteller Middle School’s choral program, he started out with less than 10 boys. The following year, his numbers more than quintupled. How did he do this? His methods are actually quite simple. First of all, he suggests making chorus an elective rather than a mandatory class. Boys who are forced to take chorus will likely dread it or just take it for the required amount of time and then leave. Some other helpful tips:
-Christian Brand, ‘19
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