January 19, 2008
I always try to encourage my choirs to remove agressive ‘R’ sounds from their singing. Usually, the best way to accomplish this is to either replace the ‘R’ sound with an ‘uh’ for word endings, and to simply avoid the ‘R’ in other places.
After a few years of demonstrations and encouragement, I’ve finally found another way to get the point across…
January 12, 2008
After pondering GFC rehearsal the other night, I realized that my Latin pronunciation may be a bit rusty. To help me brush up, I decided to check into a pronunciation guide. As it turns out, the authoriative text (the Liber Usualis) is rather easily and often condensed. One of the users on ChoralNet placed this Latin pronunciation summary online; I’ll be using this as my guideline.
December 2, 2007
Just got back from leading 3 back-to-back concerts for the GA Festival Chorus (www.tgafc.org). We sang for the corporate open house at Chick-fil-A – wow, what a company! This was not your ‘average PR gig’; the acoustics were pretty good, especially for a corporate setting. Also, the ‘corporate citizens’ were super; friendly, helpful, and interesting to talk with.
Our group sang well, even on the 3rd concert. What more could you ask for?