Choral Skill Development Classes
Monday mornings 9-10:00 a.m. in Thetford at the First Congregational Church
or Wednesday evenings 6-7:00 p.m. in Lebanon at the UVMC
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 -- Solfege Sight Reading
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 10-12 through January 14-16
Vacation week: November 19-21;
Snow day makeup or vacation week: Dec 17-19;
Vacation weeks: Dec 24-26; Dec 31-Jan 2.
Spring term (15 classes)
February 4-6 through May 20-22
Snow day makeup or vacation week: April 15-17.
Full 15 week course $150 + 1x/year registration fee of $30
8 week mini-course: $120 + 1x/year registration fee of $30
(payment plans & tuition assistance available)