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Harmonium Hosts the 2014 Choral Musicianship Workshop Series

Jerilyn Herbert Hatcher

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 • 3:45pm

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Harmonium Choral Society hosts its annual Spring Choral Musicianship Workshop Series for singers, teachers, students and interested listeners. The workshops are designed to provide an excellent opportunity for participants of all ages to enjoy an afternoon expanding their skills in music theory, reading and singing. In addition, New Jersey-certified teachers can earn professional development credits by attending one or both of the workshops.

Judith Nicosia, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, will lead the first workshop on the topic "HYSIWYG" (How You Sing is What You Get). The workshop will take place 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison. Judith will apply ideas and exercises from the solo vocal realm to choral singing. She will present methods for easier straight tone singing (using vibrato as needed), as well as other topics including resonance and breath management techniques. At Rutgers University Judith teaches voice, voice pedagogy and vocal literature classes. She is Secretary for ACDA Eastern Division and President-Elect for the New York Singing Teachers Association.

The second workshop "Introduction to Music Mind Games" will be presented by Elizabeth Cunha, a certified Music Mind Games teacher-trainer. Elizabeth will present an entertaining and exciting workshop for music lovers of all ages (PreK-Adult) filled with games to help students read music and understand music theory. The workshop will take place 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, N.J. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Music and Music Education/Violin from The Catholic University and attended The University of Maryland for her Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Suzuki String Pedagogy. In addition to Music Mind Games and Suzuki training, Elizabeth also teaches General Music and Orchestra at the Stone Ridge Middle School in Bethesda, Maryland.

Advance registration is recommended. The workshops sell out quickly, and participants are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible. The registration fee, which includes light refreshments, is $35 per workshop or $60 for both workshops. To register online, visit http://www.harmonium.org/paypal.shtml.

To register by mail, send a check payable to Harmonium Choral Society in an envelope addressed to Harmonium Workshops, PO Box 1317, Morristown, NJ 07962-1317. Please include name and contact information.

 

ABOUT  HARMONIUM  CHORAL  SOCIETY

Harmonium, one of  New  Jersey's  leading  choral  arts  organizations,  is known  for  its  eclectic  programming  and  community  spirit.  The 100-voice  chorus,  which  includes  a  large  number  of  music  educators, sponsors  commissions,  premieres,  and  musicianship  workshops,  as  well as  an Outreach  Chorus  which  performs  in  schools,  nursing  homes  and other  venues. The  choral society  has  been  recognized  for  its  musical excellence  and  innovative  programming. Harmonium  has  won  the prestigious  Chorus  America  Education  and  outreach  Award  for  their Annual  High  School  Choral  Composition  Contest  which  is  currently  in process.  They  have  also won  the  Morris  Arts  Outstanding  Arts Organization  Award.  Harmonium  has  performed  at Carnegie Hall, the Eastern  Division  Convention  of  the  American  Choral  Directors Association and  at  the opening  convocation  of  the  American  Guild  of Organists  (AGO)  2011  Region II Convention  and  toured internationally.

 

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