I hope you all survived the Blizzard of ’14!!?? Now that the snow and ice are disappearing and the sun and warmer weather is slowly approaching, it’s time to think about Lent and Easter! Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5…just around the corner and lasts for 6 weeks (not counting Sundays!)!!
Here’s wishing you all the best for this time of introspection and self soul-searching.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Saturday Smorgasbord in January. We had a record number of people attending. Many people have asked about the materials I used for the “Warm-ups that Work” seminar. There are quite a few books and other materials available. I will mention just four here. If you would like to have a complete list please send me an email message and I will send the list to you! Here’s the resources I would like to recommend here: “Voice Building for Choirs” by Frauke Hassemann and James Jordon (includes a video and flip cards with all the exercises) published by Hinshaw Music; “The Choral Warm-Up Book” compiled and edited by Sally K. Albrecht published by Alfred Music; “How to Train Singers” by Lara Browning Henderson (also has a and audio tape available) published by Parker; and “The Complete Book of Voice Training” by Richard Alderson published by Prentice-Hall. All these are available from Amazon or Hinshaw Music. I also used several of my own exercises that have worked over the years. I enjoy using rounds, too, to help choirs tune and enjoy polyphonic singing.
I hope everyone found something to help them in their continuing education.
Thank you to all the presenters for the wonderful source of information and for those who planned and designed the day, including David Cole, Sub-Dean.
Special thanks go to Karl Zinsmeister at White Memorial Presbyterian Church for hosting the day.
Your officers are hard at work beginning the planning process for another successful year for the Central NC Chapter AGO. We have enlarged the Executive Board with two new At-Large members. More details in the next newsletter.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the Masterclass with Andrew Scanlon at Highland UMC and the “Pipes, Pedals and Pizza” at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Then…it’s on to EASTER!
All the Best!
Dr. William J. Weisser, Dean