Score Prep for Choral Accompanists: Lift Every Voice and Sing

How do you prepare your music for a choir rehearsal? Do you prepare, or do you just show up and hope everything works out okay? Rather than flying by the seat of your pants, there are things you can do in your own personal practice that will help you play professionally, musically, and collaboratively in a short amount of time!

I have prepared a video on my YouTube channel that shows how I tackle Roland Carter’s arrangement of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

In it, you’ll see:

*What hints I write in the music to help me play more musically

*How I prepare my page turns (Yes! Practicing page turns is just as important as practicing the notes!)

*What I choose to leave out of the accompaniment and why

*How I make technical challenges a little easier on myself with some edits and fingering notes

I hope this is helpful for you. You can find a few more tips here, in a post I titled “Time-savers for Choral Accompanists.”

Happy music-making!

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