The conductor’s role in creating artistic, efficient, and engaging rehearsals
This remarkable two-hour DVD explores how an experienced conductor thinks during a rehearsal and puts strategies and techniques into practice with three choirs: a high school choir, a college choir, and a symphony/community chorus.
With Did You Hear That?, award-winning University of Michigan conductor Jerry Blackstone examines the multifaceted aspects of the rehearsal, including energy and pacing, the role of high expectations, the role of demonstration, the role of humor, and techniques for addressing musical issues.
When is the best time to stop? What are the most effective techniques to “fix things”? How can a conductor best address intonation, articulation, tempo, tone color, and many other common issues that arise during rehearsal?
Did You Hear That? is a practical and worthwhile resource for established conductors, those just starting out, or anyone interested in increasing efficiency and focus in the rehearsal room. With almost two hours of material, this DVD showcases how rehearsal can create real learning for singers and also be engaging and fun.
Three demonstration choirs:
Symphony/Community chorus: University Musical Society Choral Union (Ann Arbor, MI)
High School choir: Pioneer High School A Cappella Choir (Ann Arbor, MI)
University/College choir: University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance Chamber Choir (Ann Arbor, MI)
GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor Jerry Blackstone is Director of Choirs and Chair of the Conducting Department at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance where he conducts the Chamber Choir, teaches conducting at the graduate level, and administers a choral program of eleven choirs. Professor Blackstone is considered one of the country’s leading conducting teachers.