Great kids, good music, and an opportunity to perform in a decent place. That's very simplistic but pretty much the formula for our success. And the key word is "our" success. Any director should know this.
Good staging is helpful for good recordings whether school concerts or contests. J.R.Mac told me I hid my weaknesses well and that may have helped with getting clean recordings. I am no surgeon but doing careful cuts has always been a quick fix before a critical performance. -DS