Appropriate Balance for MS Choir

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    What do you view to be the ideal balance between boys and girls in a MS choral ensemble?

    I’ve always tried for about 2/3 girls and 1/3 boys, to allow for singing in 3 parts (part 1, part 2, and guys), but often we manage more boys than that. We have a large group (about 250 total students), so the total number of boys is usually between 90 and 110. Since choir is a rostered program during the day, not an after-school club, we’re getting a lot of pushback from administration because they view the ideal balance to be an equal number of boys and girls. I’ve been trying to explain that having as many boys as we do is really a miracle, since middle school boys are very hard to recruit and motivate in choral music. Also, a choir that is 50% boys creates some balance issues.

    So, to return to my original question – what do you think the ideal balance is for a MS choir? I need some other opinions before the next round in this particular battle.

    Thanks so much for your help –

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