I also have an 8th grade choir that we have transformed into a Show Choir this semester. Originally, I only had THREE kids signed up for it. (I had 13 in first semester, only 9 of whom really wanted to be there.) But upon learning it would be a show choir, 3 of the first semester girls transferred in. So we had six at the start in January. Then gradually, one by one, the others came back and we even got one new girl. So we have 10 now. We're doing Disney songs. A Beauty & the Beast medley, Songs of a Disney Princess, and Can You Feel the Love Tonight. They sing really well and have enjoyed doing choreography. Our choreographer is one of the 8th graders in the choir, and she's done a good job. I went to Goodwill and bought 40 dresses - some long, some short - and we had a trying-on party one day during 5th period. So now they each have a "princess" gown and also a short dress for the B&B number.
We've also publicized the fact that choir is now a Show Choir. I went to the 7th grade guidance counselor and asked how many have signed up for choir as a possible elective next year. 47. I was like...
Of those 47, 27 of them ranked choir as #1 or #2, so it looks like I'll have a good-sized bunch next year. That will present new challenges but I'm excited to tackle them. I'm watching lots of show choir videos on YouTube, getting ideas.
The new HS choir director has experience with show choirs, so that will be a big help to me.
I'm not sure what my schedule for next year will be... my 4 morning music appreciation classes (grades 6/7), 5th period Show Choir, and then I'm not sure what else. I'm going to try to get that settled in the next few weeks, if possible. I like things to be planned and settled.
My recital program:
Bach: Prelude & Fugue in C major, WTC II
Haydn: Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:52
Chopin: Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
Grieg: Notturno, Op. 54, No. 4
Liszt: Vallée d'Obermann
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 11