Strategies for Lifelong Singing: Choral Pedagogy and the Older Singer

  We are proud to host this meeting of The American Guild of Organists featuring University of Florida professors, Brenda Smith and Ronald Durrichter, on September 21, 2013 from 10 a.m. – noon. This event will be held in the Fellowship Hall at Faith. Reprinted from The AGO Newsletter:

Your SW Florida AGO begins it’s 2013-2014 season with an exciting first program for organists and choir directors (and those who have to occasionally fill in as choir director!) Join us from 10:00 AM to Noon on September 21 at Faith Lutheran Church, 4150 Goodlette Rd. North, Naples, FL for this workshops event.  AGO member Paula Leighton hosts this event for us with 2 choral professors from the University of Florida.  A reception will precede the workshop from 9:30-10:00 AM. Join us for a discussion about “Cradle to Grave” Singing to include tips and techniques to get the most from your singers.  A special emphasis on the older singer will be emphasized during this workshop.  Other topics will include warming up and cooling down the voice, health considerations, repertoire, rehearsal techniques, and words of wisdom for the singer. Dr. Brenda Smith teaches studio voice, diction, and vocal pedagogy at the University of Florida.  She is recognized for her contributions in the area of lifelong singing and vocal care.  Dr. Smith is co-author of Choral Pedagogy and the Older Singer and author of Cantare et Sonare:  A Handbook of Choral Performance Practice. Ron Burrichter joined the faculty of the University of Florida in 1984 and holds a Master’s degree in music from Peabody conservatory.  He is an expert in choral conducting and is widely sought as a choral adjudicator and clinician. Be sure to join us or this first SWFL AGO event of the season.  For additional information, please contact Dean Ric Jaeggi at RDMEJ@aol.com  or 239-989-1206 or Paula Leighton at paulaleighton@FLC-Naples.org for directions to Faith Lutheran.