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If you have a student or students who are capable of leading a sectional rehearsal, and if your facility is set up for individual groups, I think sectionals can be a very efficient rehearsal tool. We regularly do sectional rehearsals with our college chamber choir for a variety of reasons. It is a great opportunity for our BME students to practice their rehearsal technique, and get some podium time in a setting that is less challenging than directing a rehearsal of the full group. It also helps the less advanced students solidify their knowledge of the part without having to deal with the “competing parts”. You could pre-record parts into a keyboard in the practice room to facilitate their sectionals, and have a friendly competition between sections to further motivate the students.