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October 22-23, 2018: Worship Matters: The Art of Choral Singing
Do you have choir members who are over 40? over 50? over 60? Are you interested in getting an RSCM program going in your church but don’t have a clue as to how to get started? Do your choirs need help with sound, breathing, and/or blend?
This is the conference for you! Not only will you have a chance to read through dozens of anthems for choirs of every size and ability, but you will also have the opportunity to work with expert clinicians in workshops.
Karen Brunssen, who will lead a workshop on helping the aging singer to sing well, teaches at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University where she is an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Music Performance. She is President of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). Her newly published book, “The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan” published by Plural Publishing chronicles changes in respiration, vibration and resonance, and the impact on realistic, age appropriate expectations for vocal development throughout a lifetime. If you have singers in your choir who are over 40, you need to come and participate in this workshop.
Anthony Blake Clark is the Music Director for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and enjoys a reputation as one of the freshest young voices in classical music. Blake will conduct the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in a performance of A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms on October 22. Registration for the conference includes a ticket to this performance. He will also lead a reading session of anthems considered “old chestnuts.” This will be your opportunity to sing through anthems you might otherwise avoid because of the size and ability of your choir.
Cindy DeDakis, who serves as a consultant in church music and chorister training and also serves as Missioner for Music Ministries in the Diocese of Maryland, is a well known authority on children’s choirs and will lead a workshop on getting a chorister program started at your parish. She will provide tools and tips which will be helpful to choir directors, whether you have 3 kids or 30 kids.
Cliff Hill of Cliff Hill Music will lead anthem reading sessions for choirs of all abilities. He will also have a display of choral and organ music for sale and conference participants will have opportunities to browse the display. Cliff’s well-known ability to find any piece of music makes him a jewell in the world of church music.
The Rev. Dr. William Bradley Roberts, Professor of Church Music at Virginia Theological Seminary, will lead a workshop on choral and vocal techniques. So many of us are keyboard musicians first, and became choral directors later, learning as we went. It is all too easy to get caught up in teaching notes and not paying enough attention to the actual sound of our choirs. This workshop will teach you how to get the best sound and blend possible our of your choirs and how to fix problems that arise.
The time to register for this important conference is NOW! Click the following link to register: https://worshipmatters_choralsinging_vts.eventbrite.com