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How to Plan Your Festival Set January 28, 2008. Agenda. Basics Questions about the Content Comments from Past Experience What to do Right Now. Basics. 25 Minute set includes entrance, applause, spoken words, exit.

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  • Basics

  • Questions about the Content

  • Comments from Past Experience

  • What to do Right Now


25 Minute set includes entrance, applause, spoken words, exit.

15 Minute tech rehearsal includes entrance, set-up, exit. This must be “cue to cue.” (meaning start and stop each piece)

Questions about the Content

  • What do you want them to take away from your set?

  • How does your set reflect or further the GALA mission?

  • Are you providing usable music for others to perform?

  • What do your singers want to sing?

  • Have you chosen an interesting variety of music?

  • Even 25 minutes can be boring.

  • Do you have TLC – a tear, a laugh and a chill bump?

Comments from Past Experience

  • You can use Christmas or other thematic music.

  • Choose your “hits” from the last 4 years.

  • Make sure that, even though your chorus and audience loved it, it is somewhat original and not already been sung by every GALA chorus – unless you have a particular twist or unique presentation of the song.

  • Make sure you know the riser layout before tech rehearsal.

  • Rehearse everything over and over; entrances, riser layout, moves, etc.

Comments from Past Experience

  • Perform your set for an audience at home before you arrive at GALA.

  • Don’t use too many instruments – showcase your choir.

  • Tracks are difficult to manage because of the limited rehearsal time.

  • It is more of a sharing time than just impressing everyone.

  • Too much gay music is just preaching to the choir.

  • It would be great to program a “classic” piece – not classical.

What to Do Now

  • Make a list of your favorites and the favorites of your singers and audience.

  • Make sure they are all “legal” compositions or arrangements.

  • Divide them into groups that are fun, emotional, uplifting, empowering, educating, show-stopping.

  • Pick one from each group!

  • Gather all of the information you need regarding publishers, etc.

What to Do Now

  • Time your music

  • Time your words

  • Time your segue’s

  • Then add a little time for the surprises.

  • Less is more – you don’t have to use every second of your time.