Choral Skill Development Classes
Sunday afternoons 3:30-4:30 in Thetford at the First Congregational Church.
or Monday mornings 9-10:00 in Thetford at the First Congregational Church.
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Open to members of any Upper Valley choral group,
such as church, barbershop, shape-note, & concert choirs, who wish to develop their choral skills.
Fall term -- Holding Your Own
How do you develop the choral skill of singing your own part while hearing all the other parts going around you? Drones, ostinatos, polyphony, harmony, rhythmic counterpoint, and dissonant play are all possible choral combinations we can explore. Following warm-ups that build vocal accuracy, we will practice singing and listening both "horizontally" and "vertically". Conscious work on this skill is valuable to choral singers of every level.
Spring term -- Choral Sight Reading and Music Theory
A chance to build up the knowledge base behind your singing, this skills class will help you sight-read with more confidence, both with rhythms and pitches. Singing from both the Jenson Sight Singing Course and other choral material, we’ll look at pulse, beat, meter, syncopation, major, minor, blues, and other scales and intervals. These skills will be immediately applicable in any choral group.
Fall term (15 classes)
September 10-11 through January 14-15.
Vacation weeks: Nov 20 & 26; Dec 17-18; Dec 24-25; Dec 31-Jan 1.
Spring term (15 classes)
January 29 & Feb 4 through May 20-21
Vacation days: Feb 19, April 16 & 22 .
Full 15 week course $150/term + 1x/year registration fee of $25
8 week mini-course: $120/term + 1x/year registration fee of $25
(payment plans & tuition assistance available)