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Prescriptions for Choral Excellence. Tone, Text, Dynamic Leadership
Prescriptions for Choral Excellence. Tone, Text, Dynamic Leadership.

Prescriptions for Choral Excellence. Tone, Text, Dynamic Leadership


  • ISBN: 978-0-19-518242-2
  • Editorial: Oxford University Press
  • Encuadernación: Cartoné con sobrecubierta
  • Formato: 15x23
  • Páginas: X+334
  • Idiomas: Inglés
  • Tipo: LIBRO


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In shaping choral tone, directors often wish to improve the sound of their choir, but are challenged to pinpoint underlying problems or to guide singers toward solutions. Now, in Prescriptions for Choral Excellence, skilled vocal pedagogue Shirlee Emmons and leading choral director Constance Chase equip choral directors with the practical tools they need to help singers achieve peak choral performance.

Drawing on years of experience, Emmons and Chase help choral directors and singers effectively diagnose and resolve problems. They cover topics ranging from breath management and diction to range and intonation, and much more. Beyond describing vocal difficulties, the book provides concrete instructions on how to apply the concepts in day-to-day rehearsal and performance. The numerous practical exercises and planning aides allow directors to maximize both time and talent to elicit the highest potential from their singers. While grounded in the most up-to-date research in voice science, the discussion of vocal anatomy and function is accessible to readers with no previous knowledge of voice science. Going beyond other vocal and choral guidebooks, the authors also apply the most current theories in leadership principles and group dynamics to choral settings, helping directors translate their natural musicality and charisma into inspiring and motivational leadership.

A comprehensive and unique blend of practical expertise, voice science, and leadership psychology, Prescriptions for Choral Excellence is an invaluable guide for all choral directors seeking to create memorable and remarkable performances.



Part I. Prescriptions for choral singing: technical vocal skills
1. Breath management
2. Diction and intelligibility
3. Tone and intonation
4. The individual singer
5. The warm-up and training period

Part II. Prescriptions for self-development: preparation, development, and execution skills
6. Some practical solutions to leadership issues
7. Leadership theory for reference
8. Practice and imaginery
9. Mental skills

1. Vocal Health
2. Stemple's vocal function exercises
3. Performance profile chart
4. "Choral tessituras" (A statement of the American Academy of Teachers of Singing)
5. "Early Music and the Absence of Vibrato" (A statement of American Academy of Teachers of Singing)

Annotated bibliography