|Production:||Virtual Workshops Fall 2020|
|Type of event:||Performance|
Artistic Director Meagan Johnson will lead workshops on using voice and body with more strength and confidence, drawing on her professional background as a classical singer and many years working with adult amateur singers in choral and voice studio settings, and her experience as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Assistant Director Tyler Secor, doctoral candidate in music theory and experienced musicianship teacher, will take us on a journey of deepening understanding about how music is written on the page, and how to take it off the page for more skill as a music reader and sight reader.
Can You Feel the Rhythm? - Two-Part Workshop: Workshop 1 Sept. 20 @ 5:00 PM & Workshop 2 Oct. 4 @ 5:00 PM
Do you have trouble feeling the beat? What even is this “beat” that everyone talks about? Ever wonder how to read those rhythms in your choral music? Well, we have you covered! We will be starting with speech rhythm and how that can be transcribed into musical notation. Then transition to learning how rhythmic notation works. Throughout the workshop, we will engage our whole bodies to internalize rhythmic gestures and the beat.
Pitch, Almost Perfect - Two-Part Workshops: Workshop 1 Oct. 18 @ 5:00 PM & Workshop 2 Nov. 1 @ 5:00 PM
Pitch + Rhythm = Music, Right?! - Two-Part Workshop: Workshop 1 Nov. 15 @ 5:00 PM & Workshop 2 Dec. 6 @ 5:00 PM
Workshop Series 2: Vocal Technique for the Chorus Musician
Voice and Body Self-Care for a Distanced Environment - Sept. 20 @ 6:30 PM
Do you feel disembodied when you spend more time than usual interacting with other through computers? Do you feel disconnected when you need to keep yourself physically distant from others in your space? What about your voice — do you find you’re shouting to be heard through a mask, or feeling worn out by trying to speak over video conferencing software? Learn some simple self-care practices to stay connected with others while also caring for body and voice.
Vocal Technique 1 — Your Body and Your Breath - Oct. 4 @ 6:30 PM
The foundation of your singing voice is the way you use your body and the way your breath moves. Come learn practical skills for using your voice with more freedom and power, including elements of functional anatomy, breathing explorations, imagery, and exploration. Plan to lie down on the floor for part of this workshop.
Vocal Technique 2 — Resonance, Ease, and Imagination - Oct. 18 @ 6:30 PM
Singing is, in a sense, an “imaginary instrument.” Come explore how your voice responds when you use your imagination in different ways! We’ll also learn about functional anatomy for the singing and speaking voice, and how to discover ease in producing a beautiful, natural sound that is uniquely yours!
Sing — Justice Choir Songbook Sing! - Nov. 1 @ 6:30 PM
Come put what you’ve learned about your voice and your desire for a more just world together in singing music from the Justice Choir Songbook!
Vocal Technique 3 — Moving Bodies, Moving Voices - Nov. 15 @ 6:30 PM
Learn how the ways you use your body, imagination, and voice together can help you discover new sounds and connections with your voice. Expect to be up and moving around as you are able in this energetic workshop!
Vocal Technique 4 — Emotion, Expression, Text, and Connection - Dec. 6 @ 6:30 PM
For so many of us, singing is not so much about making a certain kind of sound, but really about self-expression, meaning, and connection. In this workshop, we’ll explore how a deep connection to and understanding of the text of a song helps you sing with ease and freedom, focusing on music from IWC’s core repertoire.
Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation