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Who Sings When? Ways to Manage an Online Session Roster and Singers' Queue

When we're together in real life, there are some recognized forms of etiquette for how to manage the order in which singers follow each other in a session. What is similar, and what is different, online?A Note on TermsThis article uses the term session leader interchangeably to describe the person actually leading the sing --the compere--and the person tracking the roster--the house manager. It uses the term host as a term of art on the Zoom platform to mean the person in charge of managing the meeting. The host can be either a solo compere/house manager or co-hosts in each role. We have developed some effective techniques that depend on the compere NOT being the (only) meeting host--see below. Common Real-Life Models for Song SessionsPOPCORN SING The most informal has been called a "popcorn sing," where each singer takes their turn as the spirit moves them, in response to a segue or casually as in conversation. This works great for a smaller group, and/or for singers w…