2008 Conference – Interest Sessions
Undiscovered Treasure: Greek Choral Repertory
Anthony Antolini – Rachmaninoff Festival Choir
Following World War II, Greek choral music flourished. Ancient melodies, sacred and secular, were set by skilled composers in English and Greek. The Rachmaninoff Choir will illustrate their works.
Anthony Antolini is on the faculty of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He holds degrees from Bowdoin College and Stanford University. He also conducts the Down East Singers and is director of music at the Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist in Thomaston, Maine. His editions of Russian choral music are published by E.C. Schirmer and Paraclete Press.
The Rachmaninoff Festival Choir, founded in 1992, specializes in choral music of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Originally dedicated to Russian sacred music, the group now includes Greek repertoire and is preparing for a concert tour of Greece in 2009.
All Choirs Can Improvise
Using both syllables and prescribed text, participants learn how to create spontaneous choral music by layering improvised themes. Beat-subdivision, harmonization, solo technique and instru-vocalization will be demonstrated and practiced .
Bob Stoloff serves as the Assistant Chair of the Voice Department at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Bob is a distinguished guest conductor, clinician and choir /big band /combo adjudicator of jazz festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. His unique and comprehensive workshops include traditional scat singing, spontaneous group improvisation and vocal percussion. Bob has performed numerous times with Bobby McFerrin’s Jazz Vocal Summit, taught vocal improvisation and jazz choir for many summers in the Berklee/Umbria seminars and was also founder/director of the Bologna “Cantare Il Jazz.” His publications, “Scat! Vocal Improvisation Techniques” and “Blues Scatitudes” are both available from Gerard /Sarzin Publishing in New York.
Samuel Barber’s Motetto on Words of Job
Samuel Barber’s recently rediscovered and published a cappella Motetto on Words of Job will be introduced, sung and discussed. Editor Harold Rosenbaum will offer rehearsal techniques and interpretive ideas for learning and performing this piece.
Harold Rosenbaum is the founder of The New York Virtuoso Singers, the Canticum Novum Singers, and Westchester Oratorio Society. With these choirs and others, he has conducted over 1,350 concerts, and has collaborated over 100 times with leading New York orchestras. G. Schirmer, Inc. has recently released its Harold Rosenbaum Choral Series. He is also Artistic Director of the Sound of the Baltics Choir Cruise Festival, Professor at the University at Buffalo, and Music Director of the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music. His discography includes SONY Classical, Bridge Records, Koch International and CRI.
Empowering the Conductor as Healthy Singing Guide
This interactive attendee session will explore alternative aspects of healthy singing in order to empower individual singer’s vocal health as well as the overall beauty and musicianship of an ensemble.
Jennifer Haywood shares perspectives of her work with choral ensembles of all ages and experiences. Active as a guest conductor at all-state, regional and county levels, she has also presented as a choral clinician at state and international presentations, and has published articles with the Exetor Music Education Research Journal, among others. Dr. Haywood serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Ithaca College where she teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and music education courses, and where she conducts the Ithaca College Intergenerational Choir, the Graduate Concert Choir, and the Young Men’s Chorus and Senior Choir of the Ithaca Youth Choral program.
Responses to War in the Choral Genre
How have composers of choral music employed the unique conferences of the choral instrument to comment on war’s devastating impact? Particularly innovative examples across five centuries will be discussed.
Jeffrey Douma is an Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Music. He conducts the Yale Glee Club, an eighty-voice mixed chorus, and teaches graduate courses in choral conducting and literature. He has appeared as a guest conductor with choruses and orchestras on six continents, has prepared ensembles for such eminent conductors as Gergiev, Marriner, Willcocks, Orbellian, and Penderecki, and has premiered new works by such composers as Argento, Sandström, Hoiby, and Macmillan. Douma has sung with the Dale Warland Singers, Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, and Robert Shaw Festival Singers, and holds the B.Mus. degree (Concordia College, Moorhead, MN) and DMA (University of Michigan).
Positioning Your Singers for Optimal Sound
John Warren – University Singers of Syracuse University
Dr. Warren will demonstrate a process of positioning singers to create a more unified sound and to allow singers to sing more comfortably.
John Warren is Director of Choral Activities at Syracuse University, where he conducts the University Singers and the Hendricks Chapel Choir, and teaches conducting and choral literature to undergraduate and graduate students. From 1999-2005, Dr. Warren held a similar position at Erskine College in South Carolina, where, in 2005, he won the Younts’ Excellence in teaching award. He holds degrees from Furman University, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Miami.
The University Singers is the most select choral ensemble at Syracuse University. With 32 members, the choir performs a variety of music, from Renaissance to contemporary compositions. The ensemble has toured throughout the Northeast, and has done a week long tour of Florida. Membership is open to all University students by audition.
Teaching Music Literacy with the Brain in Mind
Jon Noyes – Holland Hill Fifth Grade Chorus
Session I will include a summary of research on how the brain learns will be followed by a discussion of teaching for meaning, constructivism, intrinsic motivation, audiation /inner hearing, improvisation, syllable systems, and “sound before sight.”
Session II will consist of a demonstration of the sequential techniques presented in Session I by a group of non-select fifth graders.
Jon Noyes is a music educator in the Fairfield(Conn.) Public Schools and is the Music Director & Founder of the Fairfield County Children’s Choir. He is also Adjunct Professor of Music at Fairfield University. He was named Choral Director of the Year for 1998 by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He has conducted all-state and regional festivals in Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Connecticut. Since its founding in1995, the Fairfield County Children’s Choir has performed in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, San Francisco, Oakland, Hawaii, Canada, England and Ireland.
The Holland Hill Fifth Grade Chorus is a non-select ensemble made up of all students in the fifth grade. They meet twice per week for general music classes and once per week for chorus.
Ernest Bloch’s Cosmic Oratorio: The Sacred Service
Conflicts of particularism and universalism in this beautiful neo-romantic choral-orchestral masterwork will be explored. As Bloch wrote, “the appeal it voices, though rooted in one religion, is to brotherhood.”
Joshua Jacobson is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor of Jewish Music at Hebrew College. He is founder and director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston, a world-renowned ensemble, specializing in the musics of the Jewish people. His numerous compositions and arrangements have been published and performed throughout the world. He has published several dozen articles and one very large book, Chanting the Hebrew Bible. He is in demand across the country as guest conductor and lecturer. Prof. Jacobson is past President of the Massachusetts chapter of ACDA.
The “Golden” Rehearsal: Using Ancient Strategies to Shape Modern Rehearsals
Learn how to use the principles behind the Fibonacci Series and the Golden Mean to channel singers’ energies and powers of concentration during a rehearsal, semester, and academic year.
Before joining the faculty of Towson University as Director of Choirs, Karen Kennedy held the positions of Director of Choral Activities at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Artistic Director for the Hawaii International Choral Festival, and Director of the Honolulu Symphony Chorus. She enjoys the opportunity to present workshops on choral repertoire, conducting, choral pedagogy and vocal pedagogy. Her workshops have been a part of recent ACDA and MENC state conferences, most recently in Oregon and Hawaii. She has also served as a clinician for state, county, and invitational honor choirs in Oregon, Hawaii, Nevada, California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Text, Imagination and Musicality in Rehearsal and Performance
Edward Maclary and Beverly Taylor – University of Maryland Chamber Singers
By examining elements of musicality as revealed by text, phrasing and articulation, it will be demonstrated how more musical interpretations can be developed in rehearsal and achieved in performance.
Edward Maclary is Professor of Music at the University of Maryland. He conducts the Chamber Singers and University Chorale, two of the School of Music’s seven choirs, and directs graduate studies in conducting. His choirs have toured in Europe and North America and performed in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Severance Hall. Edward Maclary has prepared choruses for Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling and Ivan Fischer and choirs under his direction have collaborated with the Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Recognized as an outstanding clinician, he maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor around the country.
Beverly Taylor is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she conducts the Concert Choir and Choral Union, and directs the graduate choral conducting program. She was Associate Director of Choral Activities at Harvard University from 1978 – 1995, conducting the Harvard-Radcliffe Choral Society and international prize-winning Radcliffe Choral Society. Professor Taylor is Assistant Conductor of the Madison Symphony and guest conducts orchestras and choirs in the United States and Europe. A graduate of the University of Delaware and Boston University, she has studied with Gustav Meier, Joseph Huszti, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw and Margaret Hillis.
Organized in 2001, the University of Maryland Chamber Singers have established themselves as one of the premier choral ensembles in the metropolitan Washington DC area. In recent years they have performed the B minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio on the University campus. They have also established an ongoing collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra, performing the St. Matthew Passion under Helmuth Rilling and Messiah with Paul Goodwin at the Kennedy Center. In July 2007 the Chamber Singers won the Second Prize for Mixed Choirs at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod with an a cappella program of Poulenc and Penderecki.
Vela Vela: Authentic Performance in Black South African Choral Music
This session will focus on teaching black South African choral music in the oral tradition, using recorded media to show movements, vocal tone and pronunciation from native speakers to create more authentic performances.
Mollie Stone, Associate Conductor of the Chicago Children’s Choir, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College and a Master of Music degree in conducting from Westminster Choir College. In 2001, she received a grant from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation to create a DVD on black South African choral music and the oral tradition. Ms. Stone gives workshops on black South African choral music across the U.S, and has presented her DVD, “Vela Vela”, at ACDA and MMEA conferences across the country. She currently studies how South Africans are using choral music in the struggle against HIV.
SING WITH US – Inspiring Powerful Audience Participation
Nick Page – Ledyard High School Chamber Singers; Russell Hammond, conductor
Using songs from his SING WITH US choral series and songbooks, Nick will show how to create inspiring audience participation. Whether for concerts, worship, or informal school assemblies, Nick is a passionate advocate for community sings.
Nick Page is a Boston based composer, conductor, author, and song leader. In the eighties, Nick was a conductor with the Chicago Children’s Choir and he currently directs the Mystic Chorale of Boston as well as leading sings, concerts, and workshops throughout the Americas and Europe. He has over fifty published choral works including his new SING WITH US choral series and songbooks from Hal Leonard.
The Ledyard High School Chamber Choir is the premier vocal ensemble at Connecticut’s Ledyard High School. Their music department is a 2007 Grammy nominated Signature School, identifying the program as one of the top 100 High School music programs in the country.
Russell Hammond is currently in his seventh year as Music Department Chair and Director of Choral Activities at Ledyard High School in Ledyard, Connecticut. He has been active both in ACDA and MENC. Originally from Illinois, Russ holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Bradley University, a Master of Music from the University of Connecticut and a 6th year degree in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University.
Authenticity – Being True to Both the Music and Your Choir
Thomas Lloyd – The Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges
This session will look at issues of authenticity in the African-American Spiritual, international folksongs, and Renaissance polyphony, seeking clues in the music itself rather than imitation of particular choral sonorities.
Thomas Lloyd is Director of the Choral Program for Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges and Artistic Director of the Bucks County Choral Society. He holds degrees from the Oberlin, Yale (Divinity School and School of Music), and the DMA from the University of Illinois.
The Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges have a distinctive international touring program combining collaborations with local choirs with community service, most recently in Ghana, Puerto Rico, and Poland. Their collaboration with the Fisk Jubilee Singers in both Nashville and Haverford was the impetus for a cover article in the August 2004 Choral Journal.
Heart, Head, then Hands: Affirming Your Conducting/Teaching Style
We will explore practical, musical ways to constantly refresh one’s conducting, and experiment to affirm the essentials of conducting, to answer the question: “When are conductors needed, and for what?”
Wayne Abercrombie is Professor Emeritus of Music and former Director of Choral Programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has taught and conducted in churches and colleges in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Indiana. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College, (B.M. in Voice and M.M. in Conducting), and from Indiana University (D. Mus. in Choral Conducting with Highest Honors). He has been Assistant Conductor and/or Chorus Director of Symphony orchestras in Johnstown (PA), Elkhart (IN) and Springfield (MA). He has served as state and division President of ACDA, and on the boards of the Conductors Guild and MMEA.
New Doors to the Music of Joseph Haydn
Don V Moses and Robert W. Demaree Jr.
Based on the newest Haydn research and discoveries, these two authors of the upcoming book on the masses of Joseph Haydn, will discuss not only the more famous masses but some of the unknown earlier works. The two sessions will focus on the applicability of Haydn’s works for high school, church and college choirs. Photographs of the Archives at Schloss Esterhazy and Burg Forchtenstein will show where the latest research is being done. Emphasis of the discussions will be on the newest information concerning performances practices of the masses.
Dr. Don V Moses is Director and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois School of Music. He is also the Founding Director and Conductor Emeritus of the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Since its inception, Dr. Moses conducted over 100 concerts of symphonies, concerti, masses and operas in Vienna, Eisenstadt, and other Austrian cities. Dr. Moses the co-author of two books; The Complete Conductor, published by Prentice Hall and Face to Face with and Orchestra and Chorus, published by Indiana University Press. He is currently working on a book of all the masses of Joseph Haydn, due to be published in 2008.
Dean Emeritus of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend, Robert W. Demaree, Jr. continues a career of scholarship focused primarily on the music of Franz Joseph Haydn and the Viennese Classical tradition. His writings include The Structural Proportions of the Haydn Quartets, An Introduction to the Haydn Quartets, Face to Face with Orchestra and Chorus, which the late Robert Shaw called “practical, precise and thoughtful,” and The Complete Conductor. The Classical Music Festival gave him the honor of lecturing on the music of Haydn in the Esterhazy Palace at Eisenstadt, Austria.
Practice With Heart, Perform With Soul!: Inspiring Middle School Musicians
Marc Kaplan and Colleen Emerick – The King Philip Singers
The clinicians will showcase successful rehearsal strategies, motivational techniques and repertoire programming that can empower 6th-8th grade students to create the highest level of musicianship and attitude in the classroom.
Marc Kaplan currently teaches middle and high school vocal and instrumental music throughout the West Hartford public school system. Ensembles under his direction have been selected to perform regionally and nationally at conferences for the Music Educators National Conference, the American Choral Directors Association and have placed first in the Downbeat Magazine student music awards. An aspiring writer and publisher, Marc’s article, Inspiring Middle School Musicians: An Honest Approach, was recently published in the August, 2007 edition of The Choral Journal. Marc received a B.A. in Music and Political Science from The George Washington University in 2000.
Colleen Emerick teaches choir and music at King Philip Middle School in West Hartford, CT. An active clinician and conductor, she recently presented at Westminster Choir College, and has directed the Connecticut Children’s Chorus Small Ensemble, The Cathedral of St. Joseph Children’s Choir, and the 2003 PMEA Westmoreland County Junior High Honor Choir. She also serves as the ACDA Honor Choirs Chair for the state of CT. She holds Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH, and a Master of Music Education Degree from The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT.
The King Philip Singers is an after school, select ensemble made up of 7th and 8th graders from King Philip Middle School in West Hartford, Connecticut. Since 2004, the group has been recognized as a CMEA Choral Honors Ensemble and has represented Connecticut at the 2005 MENC Eastern Division Conference and the 2007 ACDA National Conference. Also, in 2004 and 2007, they were selected as the Middle School Choral Winner of the Student Music Awards, sponsored by Downbeat Magazine. In addition to annual performances, they have performed with the Hartford Symphony, Connecticut Choral Artists and the Hartford Chorale.
Coordination for Choral Singing
It takes coordination to sing, breathe, listen, and look simultaneously — for singers and conductors! Learn some active, challenging Eurhythmics-based techniques for developing choral coordination through movement and other sensory experience.
Monica Dale (M.M. Piano Performance, Ithaca College; B.A., Connecticut College; Jaques-Dalcroze License) is nationally known as a proponent of Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics and founder of MusiKinesis, a contemporary American approach to the traditional European method. Her professional dance background brings a unique dimension to her work in music. She has published six books and numerous articles, and has presented workshops and courses for schools and organizations nationwide. Monica is on the faculty of the Lucy School and the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C., where she teaches children’s Dalcroze/ MusiKinesis classes during the school year and courses for teachers during the summers.
Building a Choir from Scratch
Francisco Nuñez and Elizabeth Nuñez
Learn fundamental techniques for first time singers to get them reading and singing from Day One. Experience the music of diverse cultures through the developing voice. Yes, you CAN get all children to love classical music just as much as hip hop music, and enjoy Mozart as much as Usher, and to think musically, intelligently and globally. Francisco Nuñez and Elizabeth Nuñez will share their insights on working with children and how they motivate, inspire and lead thousands of kids into a lifetime of music appreciation and understanding.
Born in New York City of Dominican descent, Francisco J. Nuñez is a composer, conductor, a leading figure in music education, and a visionary, whose strongly held ideas have resulted in the critical and popular success of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC), a chorus of 250 young people from 8 through 18 of all ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds. Mr. Nuñez is also a composer whose award-winning works and arrangements for choirs, orchestras, and solo instruments are inspired by a wide range of Latin cultures and musical idioms. As a conductor, Mr. Nuñez also leads the University Glee Club of New York City, the New York University Singers and NYU Women’s Chorus, is active as a guest conductor and master teacher for choral workshops, demonstrations, and festivals nationwide.
Elizabeth Nuñez , Assistant Conductor for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, directs the Intermezzo Division and serves as vocal coach. Since joining the YPC Staff in 2004, Mrs. Nuñez has conducted at the 92nd Street Y, live on television for the lighting of the 5th Avenue Snowflake, and prepared the choir to appear on “Regis and Kelly” and most recently “The Martha Stewart Show” with Simon Cowell’s “Il Divo.” She also serves as Director of the YPC Partner and Satellite School Programs, working with New York City public schools to bring a choral experience to over 400 children throughout New York City. Mrs. Nuñez received a Bachelor of Music Education at Lee University and her Master of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma, where she also completed her Kodaly education certification.
Working With the Adolescent Voice
Nobody’s bag of tricks can be full enough. This session will be a cornucopia of techniques for working with middle school and high school voices.
Carl Nygard is a free lance composer, adjudicator, and conductor, retired after 34 years as choral director of the Fleetwood Area School District. Recipient of more than 60 commissions, 200 of his published choral works appear in the catalogs of fifteen music publishers, and his works have been performed on six continents. His conducting career has taken him to twelve states, where he has led music festivals from local to all-state, as well as music Repertoire Forums.
Swimming Upstream: The Search for Quality Music
What makes a good piece? Where do I go looking for it, in a publishing culture of mediocrity? Come explore quality literature for all levels. Music provided by J.W. Pepper.
Conducting the Music AND the Musician
Using a classic for young voices, Bernstein’s “There is a Garden,” this session will address both the technical and expressive dimensions of bringing a piece to life, through gesture and language.
Randal Swiggum is currently Education Conductor of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (IL) and conductor with the Madison Boychoir, where he directs its top two ensembles, Britten and Holst. From 1996-2000, he served as Artistic Director of the Madison Children’s Choir, acclaimed for its innovative and diverse programming and integrated arts and writing programs. Randy has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Lawrence Conservatory, and Whitefish Bay High School, and guest conducts choirs and orchestras around the globe. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at UW-Madison, and a leader in the Comprehensive Musicianship through Performance (CMP) initiative.
The First Rehearsal: Introducing New Repertoire
John Scott – The Saint Thomas Choir
Mr. Scott will demonstrate techniques for introducing new repertoire with efficiency and accuracy by presenting the choristers with a new piece for a rehearsal. Time will be provided for questions and further demonstration.
John Scott began his training as a Cathedral chorister in Wakefield, Yorkshire, and continued as Organ Scholar of St. John’s College, Cambridge. While still a student, he made his Royal Albert Hall debut. Upon leaving Cambridge, he was appointed Assistant Organist at London’s Anglican Cathedrals, St. Paul’s and Southwark, and subsequently became Sub-Organist of St. Paul’s, and served as Director of Music there for 14 years. In 1998, he was nominated International Performer of the Year by the New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is a frequent jury member of the world’s most prestigious organ competitions.
The Saint Thomas Choir is considered the leading ensemble in the Anglican choral tradition in the U.S., singing five choral services each week; a schedule which requires the preparation of approximately four hundred sacred choral works each year. The choir has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, and appears in their own concert series. The choristers, grades three through eight, attend the Saint Thomas Choir School; the only church-affiliated boarding choir school in the U.S. They currently represent 12 states and the District of Columbia.
Small Ensemble Rehearsal Techniques for Choirs of All Sizes
Simon Carrington – Yale Schola Cantorum
Simon Carrington will demonstrate rehearsal techniques with this choir based on his work as a professional orchestral player in London, his 25 years with The King’s Singers and his career as a choral director in the US.
Simon Carrington is director of the Yale Schola Cantorum and professor of choral conducting at Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music. He previously served as director of choral activities at the New England Conservatory and at the University of Kansas. Earlier, Professor Carrington was a creative force for twenty-five years with the internationally acclaimed British vocal ensemble The King’s Singers, which he co-founded, and with which he gave 3,000 performances at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls, made more than seventy recordings, and appeared on countless television and radio programs. He maintains an active schedule as a freelance conductor and choral clinician, leading workshops and master classes all over the world.
Yale Schola Cantorum, founded in 2003, is a 24-voice chamber choir specializing in music from before 1750 and from the last hundred years. Simon Carrington is the group’s founder and conductor. It is supported by the Yale Institute of Sacred Music with the School of Music, and is open by audition to all Yale students. In addition to performing regularly in New Haven, New York and Boston, Schola Cantorum records and tours nationally and internationally, and has released two CDs to international acclaim. In 2008, the ensemble will record early works of Mendelssohn. Also in 2008, British conductor Stephen Layton will guest conduct a program of English music, and will round out the year with performances of the 1610 Vespers by Monteverdi.
Worship in the Balance: Priorities in Choral Ministry
With extensive experience in the academy and the local church, Stam presents a case for the integration of biblical faith and artistic expression through a balanced and focused choral ministry.
Carl Stam teaches worship and choral music at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the director of the Institute for Christian Worship and conducts the Oratorio Chorus. As Director of Choral Music at the University of Notre Dame (1981-91) his Notre Dame Glee Club performed at regional and national conferences of ACDA. Stam studied choral conducting under Dr. Lara Hoggard and has served as the National R&S Chair for both Men’s Choruses and Music and Worship. He lectures and writes widely on the integration of biblical faith and artistic expression.
One to a Part: The Art of Ensemble Singing
The five members will discuss the history and inner workings of the ensemble.
Comprised of former choristers of the famous St. Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig, Ensemble Amarcord has won top prizes in choral competitions throughout the world. At home in Leipzig, they recently performed their tenth anniversary concert in the famous Gewandhaus and, two months later, performed with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. Ensemble Amarcord’s programming versatility is suggested by the range of the ensemble’s first three compact discs: “Insalata a cappella” featuring secular music through the ages; “In adventu Domini” featuring music for Advent and Christmas from Gregorian chant to Gospel; and “Hear the Voice” featuring spiritual works from different centuries. Among many other CD releases is, “And So It Goes…” an album of popular and show tunes. The ensemble performed its 100th U.S. concert during the group’s 13th American tour in February 2006. In 2007, Amarcord made its London debut at Wigmore Hall and recorded live performances for the BBC.
Vocal Jazz Workshop and Master Class
The ensemble will sing and then open the floor for questions from the audience regarding jazz ensemble singing, resources and repertoire, vocal technique, sound reinforcement, rehearsal techniques, microphone technique, rhythm section, vocal styling, performance techniques, scat singing, etc.
Vocalogy is a vocal jazz quintet which brings an exciting and distinctive sound to the world of vocal music. The ensemble has delighted audiences across the country in festivals, concerts, clinics and clubs since the group’s formation in 1998. Vocalogy arose from an artist-in-residency program under Grammy-Award nominee Phil Mattson. The group is now based in Los Angeles, California, and performs a collection of their own innovative arrangements.
The Virtual Orchestra as a Rehearsal Tool
John F. Delorey
Following an introduction, conductors are offered the opportunity to rehearse the Virtual Orchestra and choir in excerpts from Orff’s Carmina Burana and Verdi’s Requiem.
John Delorey specializes in early European music and American colonial music, and is currently researching materials for a new edition of Thomas Tallis’s monumental motet Spem in Alium. When not cavorting through the Renaissance, he is developing new methods toward the creation of a paperless choral environment. He is currently the Director of Choral Music and Adjunct Instructor of Music at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he conducts four choruses, teaches music theory and is the Center Director for the London Humanities and Arts Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Plenary Session – Recruiting and Engaging the Chorus of Tomorrow
Panel: Jane E. Money, moderator; David C. Howse, Tom Morris, Anthony Trecek-King
Discussion and exploration of strategies developed by two highly successful youth choirs in Boston: recruiting, developing and maintaining membership in diverse neighborhoods to encourage a lifetime of choral singing.
Jane E. Money, Artistic Director and Managing Director of Boston City Singers, holds masters degrees in music from Auckland University, New Zealand and in engineering (MS) from Boston University. In 1995, she co-founded an urban outreach program in Dorchester, MA, under the umbrella of “Youth pro Musica.” After several years of substantial growth, the Dorchester division became the independent non-profit “Boston City Singers.” Jane is also the Youth Choir Director at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Wellesley, MA, an instructor for the Metropolitan Opera’s Urban Voices program in Boston, and a consultant to “Children’s Voices of Ireland.” She lives in Dorchester, with her husband and four children, all of whom sing.
Tom Morris, Director of Training Chorus Programs of Boston City Singers, has seventeen years of teaching experience at the elementary and middle school levels. Originally from West Virginia, he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree at Evangel College, in Springfield, Missouri. He holds a Master of School Leadership from Wheelock College, Boston, and a Master of Kodaly from Holy Names College, Oakland, California. Mr. Morris has taught in Maryland, California and Newton Massachusetts. He also launched and serves as Director of the BCS Jamaica Plain training programs, where he also lives.
David C. Howse, Director of Operations and Programs, Boston Children’s Chorus, joined the chorus in March 2004. As part of the senior management team, David helps develop and implement the overall vision for the organization. He plays an integral role in the development of strategies, policies and programmatic priorities and oversees the day to day operations of the organization to ensure that the planning, execution and administration of all BCC programs and systems are aligned. Originally from Murfreesboro, TN, David is a multifaceted artist skilled as a solo performer, innovative teacher and arts administrator. He holds degrees from Bradley University and New England Conservatory of Music and is a 2005 graduate of UMass Boston’s Emerging Leader’s Program.
Anthony Trecek-King, Artistic Director, joined the Boston Children’s Chorus in the fall of 2006. Previously from Nebraska, he held the position of Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he directed the 90-member University Chorus and taught conducting and vocal music education. In addition, Mr. Trecek-King served as the Artistic Director of the Nebraska Choral Arts Society, the largest choral organization in Nebraska, where he worked with singers of all ages and guided the choirs, and the organization as a whole, through artistic advancement. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his Master of Music degree in conducting from Florida State University, where he studied orchestral conducting with Phillip Spurgeon and choral conducting with Rodney Eichenberger and André Thomas.
Melodies that Sing I: The Anatomy of Melody
Alice Parker will demonstrate teaching by rote, using memorable folk melodies. Understanding the nature of the tune leads to lively and expressive singing. Sound is more important than notation!
Composer-conductor Alice Parker has been active on the choral scene for six decades. Her organization, Melodious Accord, sponsors her travels around the country, teaching her unique insights into music-making at every level. Her published works include four operas, many cantatas and hundreds of shorter works, both sacred and secular. Books include Creative Hymn Singing, Folksong Transformations, and The Anatomy of Melody. She is noted for her “Sings,” which often lead to choral improvisations of amazing beauty.
Melodies that Sing II: “We Love to Sing this Song”
Alice Parker – Joyful Noise; Allison Fromm, conductor
Making music with singers with developmental disabilities offers significant challenges and great rewards. Alice Parker and Joyful Noise will demonstrate how a well-chosen melody brings these singers’ expressive gifts alive.
Allison Fromm has directed choral ensembles at Yale University, Dutchess Community College, Boston University, and the University of Illinois. As founding Director of Joyful Noise, a New Jersey chorus for adults with neurological challenges, she was named Philadelphia Eagles 2002 Community Quarterback runner-up. In Champaign, Illinois she initiated the Exodus and Whirlwind interfaith arts organizations and established the Whirlwind Interfaith Choir and Shabbat Singers. A graduate of Yale and Boston Universities and a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois, she is currently writing her dissertation: Aaron Copland’s “In the Beginning”: Context and Creative Process.
Joyful Noise is a chorus of adults with physical and neurological challenges who live in southern New Jersey. The chorus, hosted by Bancroft NeuroHealth, currently has thirty members, ages 20-64. Formed in 2000, Joyful Noise has given more than fifty
performances in New Jersey and Philadelphia and has shared concerts with the Kardon Chorale, Harmonium Outreach Chorus, The Western Wind Ensemble, and Alice Parker. With Allison’s Philadelphia Eagles Community Quarterback award, Joyful Noise is
commissioning seven new works by composers Chester Alwes, James Bassi, Gerald Cohen, Elliot Levine, Alice Parker, Steven Sametz, and Jon Washburn.