Category Archives: Voice

The Purpose of Art

Yesterday I had the honor of accompanying my daughter Shelby as she sang at her Great Grandma’s funeral. The music on that day was not for the purpose of entertainment or to feed the ego of the performer. Once again, I was reminded that the arts are not expendable. The arts are an essential part […]

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Vocal Anatomy and Choir

I stumbled on to an interesting video and it made me think about all the terms I throw around during choir rehearsals. “Raise your soft palette.”  “Breath low and silent.”  “Release your jaw.”   As a voice student, I recall how learning vocal anatomy and understanding how the voice worked helped me to put a picture with what I […]

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PERFECT PRACTICE RULE 23: PRACTICE USING FEEDBACK (NOT JUST GETTING IT) AND RULE 24: APPLY FIRST, THEN REFLECT

  Last summer, I had the privilege of attending the Choral Director’s Workshop attached to the Oregon Bach Festival. Several sessions were devoted to tweaking one’s conducting.  Dr. Sharon Paul, of the University of Oregon, led the sessions which consisted of each participant conducting a piece and receiving feedback.  In preparation, I felt confident that […]

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