Contemporary A Cappella Director's Seminar
- Contemporary A Cappella Director's Seminar
Saturday and Sunday October 13 & 14 from 9am to 5pm in San Francisco
Price: $200 ($100 per day)
Topics will include:
Music Direction: The role of director is the most important and
influential within a group. It combines elements of musician, leader,
organizer, consensus builder and conductor. Learn techniques and tips
that will help you maximize your rehearsal time and minimize friction
Managing Rehearsals: the nitty gritty issues that sometimes make you
crazy: teaching notes vs. using learning tracks, how many songs per
rehearsal, attendance management, sectionals vs. group rehearsal,
number of rehearsals (regular and before major gigs), how much warm-
up time, what kinds of warm-ups, when do you allow mistakes to happen
and when do you stop and fix them, rehearsal discipline (use of other
leaders as "enforcers" for rehearsal discipline, and balancing fun
Group Dynamics: The loudmouth. The quiet one. The organizer. The
flake. Using materials and techniques developed for the corporate
world, learn how groups interact, and how your ensemble can
understand each other, minimize friction, and work together in
harmony to create harmony.
A Cappella Business and Management: We all wish we could just sing,
have concerts fall in our laps and money show up in our bank account.
This seminar will cover a wide range of topics that will help you
streamline your business and focus on your craft, including legal
structure of your group, leadership, division of responsibilities,
benefits and problems having an agent and/or manager, etc. Also: how
to get more gigs!
Improvisation: Vocal music isn�t all about arrangements and vocal
parts; Most world cultures have a tradition of a cappella singing
that relies on nothing but your ear and your voice. In this seminar
you�ll learn the fundamentals of improvising pop songs, how to sing a
�circle song,� and how to improvise a piece of music without any
rules or boundaries.
Performance Presentation: A vocal music performance is about much
more than just singing. How do you greet the audience? What are you
wearing? How do you move during songs? How�s your show paced? This
seminar will address the aspects of performing on stage besides
singing, and will increase your both your and the audiences enjoyment
of a concert.
Close Harmony Blend: As singers, we all want the best blend
possible. But how? By looking at the 4 elements of sound (pitch,
duration, loudness and timbre), discover how you can improve your
Competition Tips: The International Collegiate A Cappella
Competition. The Harmony Sweepstakes. It seems that one of the best
ways to make a name for yourself in the a cappella community is to
compete. Find out what many groups before you learned the hard way:
how to put on a great performance during a competition.
Solo Delivery: Singing a solo is more than just technique. It
involves an understanding of the material, emotional commitment, the
support of your ensemble. Bring the lyrics for a solo to this
workshop, and we�ll analyze, discuss, and practice being �in the
moment� when you sing.
Singing Instruments: 10 years ago, a cappella singing was mostly
�bum� and �doo.� Now, people sound like drums, guitars, horns, and a
myriad of other instruments. Learn how to use one or many voices to
sound like instruments, and work them into your arrangements.
A Cappella Promo Kit: It doesn�t matter how talented your group is:
without the proper press kit and audio (or video) demo, you won�t be
able to get gigs or media recognition. Follow these specific
guidlines and you�ll have a kit that will impress even the most jaded
promoter or newspaper editor.
Development of Style: So you�ve sung the standards, and know many
other group�s biggest songs. Now what? Learn how to take your group�s
unique strengths and interests and build them into a style that�s all
your own. We�ll address musical style as well as visual and
performance style. Before you know it other groups will be singing
Contemporary A Cappella Arranging in 10 Steps: Contemporary a
cappella has been around for over a decade, resulting in a dynamic
and rhythmic sound and style that differentiates it from barbershop,
doo wop, close harmony, and other a cappella styles. Learn how to
create a great contemporary a cappella arrangement using a tried and
true 10 step formula.
Advanced A Cappella Arranging: There are few places in the world to
study music arranging, and even fewer that offer any instruction on
arranging a cappella. This seminar will offer ideas and discussion
topics to further develop the skills of advanced a cappella arrangers.
(based on the arranging level of the attendees).
If you're interested or have any questions please call or email to
reserve a spot (seminar size will be kept to 12 or fewer so that each
person will have plenty of time for questions and one-on-one advice).
- Deke Sharon
TotalVocal - www.totalvocal.com � 800.579.9305
CASA - www.casa.org � CAP - www.capublish.com
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