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    Conducting women's choirs : strategies for success
    Spurgeon, Debra Lea, 1952- editor compiler.

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    Conducting women's choirs : strategies for success / edited and compiled by Debra Spurgeon.
    Publication info:
    Chicago : GIA Publications, [2012]
    Copyright info:
    Physical description:
    340 pages : illustrations, music, facsimiles ; 26 cm + 1 videodisc (DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.)
    Content type:
    text notated music still image
    Content type:
    two-dimensional moving image
    Bibliography note:
    Includes bibliographical references.
    The status of women's choirs / Debra Spurgeon : Suggested repertoire and professional standards ; Review of literature : Books and monographs ; Dissertations ; Journal articles -- The history of women singing in groups / Debra Spurgeon : The medieval period: silenced in the churches ; The renaissance period: religious communities of women ; The baroque period: opportunities in schools ; The classical period: women in mixed choirs ; The romantic period: the German Frauenchor : Schubert's women's choir repertoire -- The twentieth and twenty-first centuries: singing in schools, colleges, and communities ; Holst's women's choir repertoire -- Conclusions -- The sacred choral works of the Venetian ospedali / Jeanette L. MacCallum : Historical background ; Daily life and musical training of the Figlie Di Coro ; Musical demands of the maestri ; The Ospedali maestri and the Venetian church ; The repertoire ; Five major forms of the sacred repertoire ; Characteristics and evolution of the Venetian Ospedali ; The debate over voicings of the repertoire ; Availability of Ospedali editions : Table: selected modern editions of Ospedali repertoire -- Issues of performance practice ; Conclusions -- Brahms and his work with women's choruses / Debra Spurgeon : The hamburger Frauenchor ; Other women's choruses ; Brahm's women's choir repertoire -- Canadian repertoire for women's choruses / Hilary Apfelstadt : Canada's choral music development ; Impact of children's and treble choruses on Canadian repertoire ; Prominent Canadian composers of treble choral repertoire -- We sing ourselves: an essay about teaching and learning with women / Sandra Snow : How women are perceived: texts, composers, and hierarchies ; women as composers ; Hierarchies: I only made the women's choir ; In their own words: what women value ; Gendered interactions ; Implications for practice ; Ethical discernment ; Revisioning rehearsal pedagogy ; Three aspects of the feminine archetype ; Empathy as assessment -- Building community in the women's choir / Mary Hopper : The whole is greater than the sum of its parts ; Music and community ; Choirs with a common cause ; Some ideas for building community in your choir ; Two stories ; Conclusions -- The Y factor in an X chromosome world / Phillip Swan : Contemplating issues of gender ; The fundamental sound ; Programming philosophy ; Select quality literature ; Foster sensitivity to the needs and abilities in the group ; Have a clear understanding of the human voice and vocal health issues ; Believe in the vocal and musical ability of the choir ; Be a courageous risk taker ; Do thorough preparation and advanced planning ; Be persistent ; Look for educational and entertainment value in your literature choices ; Engage the aural and visual senses ; Know your audience ; Believe in the individual ; Team-building strategies ; A fireside chat ; Conclusions -- By women, for women: choral works for women's voices / Shelbie L. Wahl : Same or different: the double-edged sword ; Why repertoire written for women? ; Why texts written by women? ; Why women composers? ; The matter of subject ; What is women-identified? ; Repertoire as a model ; Selected repertoire suggestions -- Writing for women's voices: a conversation with composers / Nancy Menk : Composers ; Questions posed : What differences do you see in composing for women's voices as opposed to mixed or men's voices? ; Does the fact that you are writing for women's voices have any particular bearing on your choice of text? ; What about revoicing pieces for women that were originally composed for SATB or TTBB, and vice versa? ; Which of your pieces for women's voices do you believe is the strongest? ; Which of your works for women's voices do you think has been performed the most, and why do you think that is the case? ; What differences, if any, do you see in writing for women's voices as opposed to children's voices? ; Has your writing for women's voices changed in any way over the years you have been composing for this voicing? -- Choral works cited -- Mentoring the women's choir through voicing, labeling and seating / Sandra Peter : Mentoring the singer ; The audition process ; Terminology ; Encouraging flexability ; Voicing the choir ; Seating the choir ; Arranging the singers person-to-person ; Changing formations ; Mentoring the individual and building the community ; Mentoring through repertoire and rehearsal ; Develop a vision ; Engage in research ; Introduce them to role models ; Teach women about their history ; Balance composer choices ; Seek out compositions written for women ; Facilitate the expression of original ideas through commissions ; language ; Conclusions -- Warm-ups for the women's choir / Lori Hetzel : Choral director/voice teacher relationship ; Voice classification ; Preparing the body ; Breathing ; Placement/resonance ; From the voice teacher's perspective ; Breath energy ; Range extention ; Intonation ; Blend ; Coming full circle -- Working with the women's community choir: a how-to guide / Iris S. Levine : Introduction ; History of the women's community choir ; Founding a women's community choir ; To audition or not ; Rehearsal and concert schedule ; Artistic director and board relations ; Resources for starting a community choir ; The mission statement ; Examples of well-crafted mission statements ; Repertoire ; Rehearsal strategies ; Building community ; Community engagement ; Process for community engagement -- Understanding the young female singer: an interview with Lynne Gackle / Debra Spurgeon -- Healthy development of the beginning women's choir / Joelle Norris : Set high expectations for students and yourself ; Be consistent, even when students are not ; Develop a strong sense of confidence in each singer : Confidence through respect ; Confidence through solo singing ; Confidence through musical literacy ; Confidence through teamwork ; Confidence through leadership -- Conclusions -- Improving the sound of a women's choir: working with sopranos and altos / Debra Spurgeon : The female singer's body and voice ; Fundamental singing skills ; Music literacy ; Modeling ; Head voice down approach ; Speaking the text in head voice ; Vowel unification ; Consonant articulation ; Rhythmic accuracy ; Techniques for sopranos : Vowel modification ; Singing sharp ; Open throat ; Speaking the text in head voice ; High range singing -- Techniques for altos : Singing low notes ; Use of chest voice ; Switching parts ; SSA versus SSAA ; Use of vibrato ; Compatibility placement ; Spreading out ; Conclusions -- Women's choir: formations, acoustics and singer preferences / Janna Montgomery and Debra Spurgeon : Singer preferences ; Spacing between singers ; Self-to-other ratio ; Acoustical feedback ; Acoustical implications for sopranos ; Acoustical implications for altos ; Application to rehearsals -- Building excellence in women's choirs: master conductors speak / Debra Spurgeon.
    Conducting Women's Choirs: Strategies for Success is a pioneering yet practical book and DVD devoted to all aspects of the women's choir--a groundbreaking contribution and a true collaborative effort from top professionals in the field. For the first time in a book, choral leaders bring together historical, philosophical, psychological, sociological, pedagogical, and real-world considerations to the women's choir--information missing from most choral methods and conducting texts. Areas of focus include: working with beginning, high school, collegiate, and community women's choirs; improving the sound of women's choirs; suggested repertoire for women's choirs; composing for women's choirs; building community within the ensemble; warm-ups and rehearsal strategies; building excellence in women's choirs. Sections also focus on mentoring, auditions, seating arrangements, historical women's repertoire, healthy vocal development, gender issues, history, status of the women's choir, and much more. This book features research, practical insights, and round-table discussions. The included DVD demonstrates choral techniques and teaching ideas with two women's choirs: Aurora, from Luther College, conducted by Sandra Peter; and The University of Kentucky Women's Choir, conducted by Lori Hetzel [Publisher description]
    Subject term:
    Women's choirs.
    Subject term:
    Choral conducting.
    Subject term:
    Choral singing--Instruction and study.
    Subject term:
    Choral singing--Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.)
    Added author:
    Spurgeon, Debra Lea, 1952- editor compiler.
    Issue no.:
    G-8367 (GIA Publications)

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