Preparing Children's Choirs for Benjamin Britten's Choral-Orchestral Works

April 17, 2014 / By: Elizabeth Ann Egger

The intent of this project was to develop a resource for children’s choir directors to prepare rehearsals of choral-orchestral works by Benjamin Britten. Pieces analyzed in this project were Benjamin Britten’s Psalm 150, Noye’s Fludde, and War Requiem.

The research questions in this study addressed the following: (1) the pedagogical approaches that foster both musicianship skills and vocal skills through appropriate rehearsal planning; (2) the pedagogical approaches unique to choral-orchestral works for children’s choirs; and (3) the analysis of Benjamin Britten’s compositional techniques and themes leading to musicianship-building opportunities for young singers.

After investigating the criteria needed for teaching choral-orchestral works to children’s choirs, each work was analyzed for its pedagogical content and song presentation plans were created. Finally, specific conducting techniques were listed for directors to prepare themselves for performance.