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Fall 2014 Student Recital – November 22 at The Haven of Charlottesville

Where we will be raising our voices in song and celebration.

One of the biggest misconceptions about singing and performing for others is that confidence is not a prerequisite - it's a result. You don't have to feel confident to perform. And if you wait until you feel confident you might be waiting your whole … [Read more...]

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Behind Two Parts – The Learning Curve of a Beginning Choir

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I'm leaving the school the other day and I say excitedly to our director, "Yeah, they sang in two-parts today!!" I walked away and thought..."Maybe this doesn't sound so impressive. Maybe I should translate why this is so exciting." And I got … [Read more...]

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International Phonetic Alphabet – Vowels Workshop

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This Sunday come get your vowels on. This workshop was designed with choristers in mind but is also great for soloists. The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) was designed as a representation of all the sounds of oral language. Properly … [Read more...]

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On Leadership and Following – Flip Sides of the Same Coin

As Barry Brownstein writes in his book The Inner-Work of Leadership, leading and following are flips sides of the same coin. There is perhaps no better place to play with this energy than in group song - an ephemeral, enlivening, low-stakes … [Read more...]

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"My internal fire has been reignited! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have found myself doing all the things I have been dreadfully avoiding for weeks/months and noticing that I am able to do it with ease. I am able to see myself slip back into … [Read more...]

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"Before I started working with Heather, I honestly did not have the courage to sing in front of myself, much less in front of others. I had never been to a voice lesson before in my life. My throat felt tight; I felt insecure; and I was afraid of … [Read more...]

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Offices Workers Who Sing Together Are Healthier – Newsweek Article

This recent Newsweek Article points towards the fact that office workers who sing together are healthier. From the article: "Making music together stimulates one’s creativity and helps one’s self-confidence,” notes Mark Ford, director of … [Read more...]

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Building a Boys Choir – Assigning Parts

This week at The Field School of Charlottesville I'm still in the thick of understanding my boys' voices and getting through hearing all of them. I'm leaving the youngest for last because they're mostly all treble voices still so I know they'll be … [Read more...]

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Building a Boys Choir – Hearing every voice

In a choir, the director must know every voice.

The Field School of Charlottesville hired me last year to start the seeds of a future choral program. We began in September 2013 as a "Choir Club" after school on a Friday. 4 bright-shining, happy, song-loving boys joined me for an hour. There were … [Read more...]

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Easing the learning process – Waking up to when you’re in a “New Low State of Mind”

As singers we become intimate with our strengths and weaknesses. And it's tempting to own them. The other day I'm in my lesson with my teacher and we come up to a cadenza to read through. My mind goes blank. All of a sudden the E and F are feeling … [Read more...]