Thank you for the suggestions.. I too find myself in this same situation. Could you email me privately? I may have some other questions. Thank you
Well, hopefully they will be singing in a healthy way and not screaming. To start, recognize that singing is a much more intuitive and "human," and more accessible than playing an instrument.
A few ideas:
-Teach solfege and sightsinging lessons on a daily basis.
-Give written theory tests, but don't overdo it.
-Find volunteers, singers and choral directors, who can visit and demonstrate good practices.
-Teach folk song arrangements to start. Don't get trapped in pop world. Folk music is a great substitute and has similar appeal once you get into it. Ease in a few classical or language pieces second semester. Use recordings to study and discover the correct ways to perform this repertoire. Save pop for the end of the year.
-Look for holiday band arrangements that include choral singing, possibly even just unison carols as a sing-a-long, and let the choirs lead the audience.
-Use your relationships with choir students to recruit. Introduce recorder or percussion instruments. Ask if there are students who would like to begin private lessons on an instrument. Have a color guard demo or class made available to interested students. Incorporate choir students into the marching show as crew.
If you post your expected voicings for these choirs (unison?, two-part?, SAB, SATB?) I will post a list of good repertoire that will work for you, repertoire that will be teachable, inspiring, good for programming, good for building vocal and musicianship skills.
Got stuck doing three periods of Choir next year in addition to Band. Any advice as to how I can survive 'screaming band' and not let it hurt my band classes.