5 Foundations of Masterful Choral Technique – Westminster Choir College of Rider University

5 Foundations of Masterful Choral Technique – Westminster Choir College of Rider University

Date: June 23, 2011
by Tony Thornton mail icon
Location: Massachusetts, USA

Date: August 1 – 5
Title: Five Foundations of Masterful Choral Technique
Discipline: Choral Conducting
Teacher(s): Tony Thornton
Fees:  $650 non-credit/$1150 with 2 graduate credits

In his Letters to a Symphony Chorus, Robert Shaw identified what he considered to be the cornerstones of masterful choral technique: intonation, rhythmic precision, singing with a variety of dynamics and tone colors, communicative diction, and phrasing. Tony Thornton, a former member of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers and current Director of Choral Activities at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will present practical choral rehearsal techniques that can be utilized to develop these critical ensemble skills. Excerpts from the standard choral repertoire will be used to demonstrate each technique. Seminar participants will leave this summer session with practical skill-building exercises and resources that are appropriate for all levels of development. Class members will participate – rehearse, conduct, and sing – in practicums throughout the week to reinforce the concepts covered in the seminar.

Choral scores are available for loan from the performance collection at Westminster. This course has a maximum enrollment of 15.

Required text: Thornton, Tony. The Choral Singer’s Survival Guide. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2005.

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