Church Potluck (for musicians!) 

Church Musician Workshop, Rebecca Raber:  August 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expanding the Church Repertoire

    Church Music is Education (How the Choir Converted the World, Mike Aquilina)

    Balance:  how do you offer a varied repertoire (for your singers/worshippers)

   

    How do you choose?

    Small Ensembles/Soloists:  can help reduce rehearsal time

    Instruments:  develop themes, provide variety

    Classical:  so many options

    CPDL  

    Spirituals (Tryin' to Get Ready, arr. Clayton White—really great book, manageable arrangements)

    Songs & Prayers fromTaize

    Rounds

    Know each piece!

 

Choral Warmups

    Importance:  preparing your singers' voice, intellect, and heart

    Training singers to warm up on their own

    Sequence:  light mechanism/transitional/heavy mechanism

    Use to work specific problems:  vowels, consonants, flexibility, intervals, balance, blend

    Warmups:  General and Specific Mechanism/Problems

    One more, downloaded from Pinterest

 

 

Using the Church Space Creatively

    "Aural Architecture":  surrounding the congregation in song, from the back, balcony, etc

    Creating an Inspirational Feeling

    Encouraging Beauty and Holiness:  realize that a choir's beauty can be both visual and aural

    Visual Impact of the Choir:  placement, uniformity, liturgical colors

    Celebrating Special Feasts:  something out of the ordinary can be very moving

Vocal Health

    What Causes Vocalists to Struggle?

        Misuse/Overuse:  can cause chronic vocal fatigue and shorten the lifespan of a voice

        Tension:  your voice works most optimally without unnecessary tension

        Repetition of bad habit:  posture, position, clearing throat, caffeine, singing outside of range

        Vocal Health Tips, Pamela Burns

        GERD:  gastroesophageal reflux disease

           Webpage with helpful information on GERD and singing

    Understanding the Voice

        Young Voices:  range, voice change, tone quality, accuracy, flexibility

        Aging:  range, comfort, tone color, blend, flexibility, accuracy, vibrato

        All Voices:  balance, blend, vowel modification, vibrato, diction

        Light Mechanism/Heavy Mechanism

        Everything is connected (great examples of voice physiology and mechanics)

Singing the Psalms

    Diction/Clarity of Text:  beautiful vowels AND crisp diction, sung consonants

    Tone Color:  "communal" in nature

    Expression & Musicality:  beauty inspires and instructs

    Confidence

    Cantor Notes (by Dominick Goettle, UMary '17)

Technology for Church Musicians

A Few Recommended Resources

    Building Beautiful Voices, Nesheim (wonderful accompanied warmups, a choral staple)

    Translations and Annotations of the Choral Repertoire, JeffersVol. 1:  Sacred Latin (I use this all the time!)

    Choral Warmup Collection, Albrecht  (warmups)

    Complete Choral Warmup Book, Robinson/Althouse  (warmups)

    The Conductor as Leader, Wis  (wonderful book about the conductor as a servant leader)

    A History of Wester Choral Music, Alwes, vol. 1 and 2 (great NEW publication)

    Diction for Singers, Wall   (solve those pesky diction questions...Latin, Italian, German, French)

    The Structure of Singing, Miller (all about the voice, how it works, preservation)

    Choral Pedagogy, Smith/Sataloff (using a knowledge of the voice to work with choirs)

    ACDA (American Choral Directors Association---there are resources for church musicians!)

    The Voice Care Network (get help for your voice/learn to help others)

 

   *Any other items that you're looking for? Please ask!

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