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Making Demands of Your Choir

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 9:28:05 AM by Augsburg Fortress in choral directing, in choral skills, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire

In my years of working with choirs as singer, accompanist and director, I have noted that many of my colleagues, especially those who are trained primarily as organists, are reluctant to talk to their singers about purely vocal matters. We are much more comfortable with phrasing, dynamics, tempo, etc. When it comes to the actual sound that our choir members make, we are reluctant to intervene. Perhaps it is because we do not feel sufficiently trained as vocalists that cause us to hesitate. However, if I could suggest some demands that every choir director should make on every choir, perhaps some who have not been emboldened could start in the direction of talking comfortably with your singers about the tone that they make.

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Summer Clinic Leader Interviews, part 2: Zebulon Highben

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 11:32:54 AM by Augsburg Fortress in choral directing, in choral rehearsal, in Choral Techniques and Repertoire, in Potpourri, in summer clinic

This is Part Two of a two-part series featuring interviews with Jeffrey Brillhart and Zebulon Highben, summer clinicians for the Augsburg Fortress 2013 Music Clinics. This week, enjoy some of Zebulon Highben’s thoughts on questions posed by Jane Knappe.

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