The venue for the workshop is the beautiful campus of California State University, Fullerton (800 North State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831). Workshop Classes begin daily at 8:30 am with a group warm up combined with group vocal technique instruction. The day includes reading sessions, elective classes, a choral conducting masterclass, and group activities that change every day. Each day ends with more singing of literature, followed by group instruction topics that change daily, and time for wrap up and questions. The 5:30 ending time allows plenty of time to explore Orange County or Los Angeles, or spin over to Disney for a magical evening of fun.
Proposed Break-out Classes for 2016
(More coming soon as we finalize the list)
Guys in the Choir: The Boys, Adolescent, and Maturing Male Voices
Vocal ranges, the changing male voice, pharyngeal and physiological transitions, uncertain pitch, creating handsome boys voices, literature choices, and recruitment strategies will be addressed during the session.
Making Movement Musical
Movement and gesture affects tone, color, texture, articulation, dynamics, blend, rhythm, pitch, and phrasing, breath-support: essentially all aspects of musical practice and performance. Movement is natural and aids learning, retention, and encourages musical literacy easily blending it into the choral rehearsal. The session will focus on harnessing movement for efficient rehearsals, enhancing musicianship, assessment, and its powerful effect in creating highly musical and expressive performances.
The Healthy Voice: Preventing and Treating Vocal Attrition
Healthy voice challenges may occur in times of physical stress, rigorous concerts seasons, changes of climate, and mental and emotional fatigue. Inappropriate vocal production, overuse of the speaking voice, cold and flu season may all contribute to vocal attrition. This session will address activities that maintain a healthy voice and to prevent and care for vocal attrition.
Choral Literacy Games and Activities
Using fun activities and games in warm-ups, during rehearsals, the day after those big performances are great ways to encourage musical literacy, camaraderie, ownership, and interest in the choir. This session will introduce several activities for your teaching portfolio.
Tips and Strategies For Creating a Beautiful Choral Tone
Everyone wants their choirs to sing with a beautiful tone…but what does that really mean? Tone quality may be a matter of taste. Yet there are common pedagogical elements that create the foundation for any beautiful tone to flourish. This session will examine how you can get your musicians to have a beautiful, free and healthy tone when you teach each step in the right order.
Choral Warn-ups That Teach and Reinforce Musicianship
The choral warm up can be either the most important part of the rehearsal, or the biggest waste of time. Warm ups that encourage students to sing on “autopilot” are commonplace. This session will lead you through a warm up sequence that will engage students while teaching and reinforcing musical skills that can be used later in any rehearsal. An extended question and answer time will be paired with ideas from the group on how best to implement these concepts to best fit your current situation.
Building A Choir from the Ground, UP!
There are fundamental attributes that all choral music educators master over time, and these attributes directly affect your effectiveness in the rehearsal classroom. This session will outline and explore Teaching Musicianship, Creating Boundaries and Rules of Behavior, and Creating a Positive, Engaging, and Safe Environment for Learning.
Awakening Creativity in the Choral Rehearsal: Empowering Student Musicians Through Engaging Student-Centered Music Making
This session will examine the differences between a teacher-centered and a student-centered rehearsal, and how involving students visually, kinesthetically, and mentally leads to increased levels of musical awareness and creativity. How (and if) you ask high-level questions during rehearsal will determine how much you encourage your students to think and perform creatively and expressively in concerts and rehearsals.
July 12–15, 2016