A breakthrough in choral teaching, six years in the making...
Teaching Music through
Performance in Choir
Frank Abrahams, Anton E. Armstrong,
Joseph Flummerfelt, Graeme Morton, Weston H. Noble
Edited by Heather J. Buchanan and Matthew Mehaffey
Extended analysis: Bruce Chamberlain
and Anthony Reeves
Teaching Music through Performance in Choir CD
Written, researched, and compiled by scholars with a wealth of teaching and conducting experience, Teaching Music through Performance in Choir, Volume 1, is an indispensable resource that enables conductors and educators to move beyond the printed page toward full musical awareness.
This book is an ideal tool for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the preeminent music composed for choir and who wishes to learn from some of the seminal voices in the choral profession.
In Part I of the book, noted choral directors and educators Frank Abrahams, Anton E. Armstrong, Joseph Flummerfelt, Graeme Morton, and Weston H. Noble, cover such topics as breath control, stylistic awareness from polyphony through the Classical period, the challenges of modern music, "Performance Practice in the African American Slave Song," and "Meeting the National Standards through Choral Performance."
Part II establishes a new system for grading the difficulty of choral repertoire, and contains nuts-and-bolts analysis of more than 100 of the most significant works for choir composed, Levels 1 through 5. Repertoire Resource Guides include information on the composer and composition, historical background, technical requirements, stylistic considerations, musical elements, suggestions for additional listening, and a guide to selected references. Also included is an in-depth study of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, completed by Bruce Chamberlain, Anthony Reeves, and Matthew Mehaffey. This portion includes, an extended history of the work, graphical analyses, and rehearsal strategies for both choir and orchestra.
Teaching Music through Performance in Choir is an essential resource for choir directors at all levels and a major contribution to the choral field.
Frank Abrahams is professor and Chair of Music Education and Arts & Sciences at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.
Anton E. Armstrong is the Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he conducts the St. Olaf Choir.
Joseph Flummerfelt is Conductor Emeritus at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey.
Graeme Morton is Director of Choral Activities at St. Peter’s Lutheran College in Brisbane, Australia.
Weston H. Noble is Professor of Music at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, where he conducts the Nordic Choir.
Heather J. Buchanan is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, where she conducts the 135-voice Chorale and 36-voice Chamber Singers. A certified Andover Educator, Buchanan specializes in the teaching of Body Mapping and somatic pedagogy for choral musicians.
Matthew Mehaffey is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he holds degrees from Bucknell University, Westminster Choir College, and the University of Arizona.
Bruce Chamberlain is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Arizona.
Anthony Reeves is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at the University of North Dakota.