MUSIC WORKSHOP & SEMINAR EXPERIENCE
Michael is an internationally respected clinician, and has more than four decades of experience conducting and lecturing in over 350 workshops and festivals in 43 states and five Canadian provinces. He served extensively as clinician for the Choristers Guild, American Guild of Organists, American Choral Directors Association, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Michael has the distinction of having served as clinician for the national worship and music conferences of fourteen different denominations in the United States and Canada.
Michael's workshops cover a wide range of choral topics, which can run from approximately one to two hours depending on your needs. With his dynamic energy, positive sense of humor, and his ability to put audiences at ease and presence of mind, learning becomes natural and effective.
GIVE YOUR CHOIR A BOOSTER SHOT!
Michael has a unique ability to inspire surges of vocal and choral growth in one to two day workshops where he would work exclusively with your choir in your own church, school or community. Included would be an interesting and accessible introduction to better singing in practical language and using analogies which your choir members could understand and use to sing better. An option is to have Michael do a quick voice check (see The Choral Challenge) to suggest some trial changes in voice parts for increased vocal comfort and flexibility as well as better balance between sections. Some choirs prefer the opportunity for every choir member to receive from Michael a mini-voice lesson, sometimes in private but often in front of the other singers. Then, Michael develops these new vocal and choral concepts while working with the choir on their upcoming repertoire. Reaction to such “Choral Booster Shots” from Michael has been overwhelmingly positive, often doubling the sound and igniting fresh inspiration. If you and your choir would like to discuss this possibility with Michael, contact Michael directly. AVAILABLE WORKSHOP TOPICS
- Practical help for choir directors when preparing to conduct an orchestra
- In-depth choral and orchestral study of accessible masterworks, e.g. Vivaldi "Gloria", Handel "Messiah" and Haydn "The Creation"
- Keeping senior voices healthy
- Practical explanations of often misunderstood common vocal terms
- 17 common vocal problems and their solutions
- A practical selection process for choosing choral repertoire
- The UMF Factor: Determining the "Unique Musical Focus" for each piece of music scheduled for a given rehearsal, so that your approach to each piece in rehearsal is different and fresh
- Functional warm-ups that teach specific skills (there are 62 new ones in my book, The Choral Challenge)
- Building healthy choral habits in rehearsals
- Ideas for energizing rehearsals and other conductor concerns
- Placing singers into correct voice parts
- Identifying visual signs of vocal strain
- How to teach vocal concepts when you don't have a good voice yourself
- When boys' voices begin to change
- Score study: Effective procedures for marking and interpretation
- Motivating your choirs for success
- Guaranteed recruiting and program building
- Music reading skills for choirs