Product Code: 7868
ISBN: 9787868
Format: DVD
Published Date: 06/12/2014
Availability:In stock
Price: $39.95

If you're a choir director looking for a vibrant contemporary sound from your traditional church choir, this 2-hour DVD shows you how to work with the three essential components: the choir, soloists, and the band. Contemporary UU music experts Jeannie Gagn? and others discuss and demonstrate techniques in contemporary styles such as rock, folk, country, and jazz.

Purchase includes free download of a companion booklet with choir octavos and lead sheets for the songs sung on the DVD, a discussion of contemporary rhythms with examples, and recommended books, websites, and DVDs.

Jeannie Gagn? is a vocalist, experienced choir director, co-creator of Singing the Journey, songwriter/composer, author of Your Singing Voice, and college professor in both contemporary and classical singing.
Vance Bass is Contemporary Music Director at First Unitarian in Albuquerque, NM, and blogs at "Liberal Religion Gets Loud."
Mimi Bornstein is Founder and Artistic Director of the Midcoast Community Chorus, Rockport, ME, and is a choral director, song leader, pianist, singer, composer, workshop and worship leader.
Dana Decker is Contemporary Worship Associate at First UU Church of San Diego, and is a bassist, composer, and workshop leader.
David M. Glasgow is Music Director at the Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley, Boiling Springs PA, and is a pianist, vocalist, composer, actor, and educator.
Shawn McCann is Music Director at First Parish Church of Groton, MA, and is a keyboardist and band director.
Annie Haymaker is a video producer, church music director, and long-time educator, and holds a Music Leadership Credential from the UUA.

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>Part 1, Working With the Choir (41 minutes)
The choir's role: background or lead
Making the transition from classical to contemporary style
Vocal production
Rhythm and movement: putting it in the body
The five rhythm options in contemporary music
Having fun and taking chances
Getting off book: connecting with the audience

Part 2, Working With Soloists (45 minutes)
Choosing soloists who can tell the story
Recruiting from the choir: experience and encouragement
Microphone technique
Listening and imitation: knowing the genre
Developing an individual sound
Vocal coaching: one-on-one examples
Baring the soul: singing from the heart

Part 3, Working With the Band (30 minutes)
Band instrument configuration and the band as timekeeper
Music styles: finding the right musicians
Band charts: sheet music vs. lead sheets
Rehearsing the band: examples
Putting it together with choir and soloists

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