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  • Using reductive metaphors won't solve your choirs problems

    Added Tue at 10:17 PM by Frank Pesci - 146 views - 0 comments

    One of my favorite choir tricks was to telling my singers to ‘aim for the top side of the pitch.’  This was, of course, because they were singing flat, and I thought the imagery would give my singers a way of thinking about an abstract concept (singing in tune) in a simplified, easily understood, silve... read more

  • The Singing Choral Director

    Added April 11 by Frank Pesci - 192 views - 0 comments

    Having been a director, I acknowledge that through the years I have fallen prey to using cheap techniques – “tricks” that skirted around the issues of posture, tone production, breathing, vowel formation, physical awareness, and aural skills. These were temporary patches over a myriad of pro... read more

  • Your singing self vs. your everyday self – which is the real you?

    Added April 9 by Chris Rowbury - 347 views - 0 comments

    [this is a version of a post which first appeared on my blog From the Front of the Choir]   We bandy terms around like ‘authentic voice’ and ‘natural voice’ when we talk about singing.   photo by Jean Spector   But how do we know when singers are truly being themselves? ... read more

  • Talking to your choir about vowels

    Added April 9 by Frank Pesci - 279 views - 0 comments

    One Sunday, I was subbing in a choir in Mississippi.  On that particular Sunday, the church in question was auditioning a candidate to be their next Music Director. He worked us a little bit, then said the following, in the laziest South Mississippi Drawl you can imagine, “Now, when you look at me, you see c... read more

  • Everything we hear about matching pitch in choir rehearsal is a lie

    Added April 7 by Frank Pesci - 299 views - 0 comments

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that “music is math.” Whether in relation to something simple (counting), or something more esoteric (highly-developed, academic analyses of harmony and structure), or whether it is a misguided argument to try to convince school boards that studyin... read more

  • Why is it so hard to sing in tune?

    Added April 6 by Frank Pesci - 1066 views - 0 comments

    I brought this question up before as one of the fundamental problems of working with, and being a part of, a choral ensemble. After all, no one really wants to listen to an out-of-tune choir.   It’s a complicated issue that involves both technical and conceptual components.  Everyone’s... read more

  • Hearing and Singing - a modest musical manifesto

    Added April 4 by Frank Pesci - 155 views - 0 comments

    I am an auditory learner. Rather than reading instructions, doing something manually, or watching someone do something, I need to incorporate information through my ears and process it with my listening in order for it to be fully engrained.  You can imagine, then, what frustration I felt as a young player, relyin... read more

  • How singing can stress you out

    Added April 2 by Maria Soriano - 353 views - 0 comments

    Is singing good for stress? Yes, it can actually stress you out a bit... By rushing to rehearsals, trying to park the car and not finding a space, or getting stuck in public transport at peak times (I really wish there were more morning choirs) By loosing your sheet music, or having it disorganized or arranged i... read more

  • I hate a choir in uniform

    Added April 2 by Chris Rowbury - 822 views - 0 comments

    [this is a version of a post which first appeared on my blog From the Front of the Choir]   Many choirs dress identically when they perform. Some have a choir uniform, some choose a particular colour for a particular concert, some have specially made t-shirts. I have had occasional requests from my own choirs f... read more

  • Pärt 'songs' - Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choirs performs Passio

    Added March 31 by Juliette Holtom - 42 views - 0 comments

    There’s a rare opportunity to hear the ancient surroundings of Worcester Cathedral ringing to the modern sounds of one of the world’s leading contemporary composers this weekend. Arvo Pärt’s Passio is being performed by the Worcester Cathedral Chamber Choir in a concert to mark Passion Sunday an... read more