The Choral Challenge
Practical Paths to Solving Problems
by Michael Kemp
© 2009, GIA Publications, Inc.
“When Kemp gets it right, as he so often does, his observations are simply invaluable… Michael Kemp’s book, The Choral Challenge, is a tremendous contribution to the profession that deserves a place in every serious choral musician’s library. It is a book that bears reading and re-reading and reading yet again.”The Choral Challenge is a book of solutions.
Dr. Vance D. Wolverton Northern Kentucky University From The Choral Journal, 2010
From common to not-so-common problems facing choral conductors of all experience levels (from “a” for agility to “y” for yawning), Michael Kemp brings a lifetime of experience living and working in the choral world to create a truly remarkable and practical book.
Kemp starts with a myriad of quick-fix solutions to common “choral challenges” and then provides in-depth explanations for choir directors who need more.
He follows with sections on planning and preparation (including 62 warm-up exercises), as well as an enlightening discussion on motivating and recruiting choir members.
The result is a truly comprehensive handbook representing true best practices poured into a single incredibly useful and well-organized resource.
Michael Kemp is an internationally respected choral clinician, conducting more than 300 workshops and festivals over 35 years. He is conductor of the choruses and orchestras of Germantown Academy in Ft. Washington, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the legendary Kemp family of choral musicians.
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