Choir Conducting 101

Melissa Kenny · August 26, 2021

Everything you need to know when you’ve been asked to take the Choir including understanding voice capabilities, warm-ups and rounds, creating a cohesive choral sound, repertoire choice and conducting in a way to facilitate strong choral singing.

  • What can voices do – understanding voices, their capabilities and limitations for strong choral skill development
  • warm ups and rounds, using the first ten minutes of rehearsal to develop listening skills and vocal independence
  • the power of unison, how to create a strong, cohesive choral sound
  • repertoire – criteria for choosing repertoire that is vocally age appropriate and at a suitable skill level
  • Choral Conducting – the importance of body language and facial communication, how to make them work to develop a strong choral sound

Everything you need to know when you've been asked to take the Choir including understanding voice capabilities, warm-ups and rounds, creating a cohesive choral sound, repertoire choice and conducting in a way to facilitate strong choral singing.

 

  • What can voices do - understanding voices, their capabilities and limitations for strong choral skill development
  • warm ups and rounds, using the first ten minutes of rehearsal to develop listening skills and vocal independence
  • the power of unison, how to create a strong, cohesive choral sound
  • repertoire - criteria for choosing repertoire that is vocally age appropriate and at a suitable skill level
  • Choral Conducting - the importance of body language and facial communication, how to make them work to develop a strong choral sound

About Instructor

Melissa Kenny

Melissa Kenny is a professional conductor, performer, vocal coach and music educator with over 20 years’ experience working with musicians, bands, vocal groups and singers around Australia. A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Melissa completed her B.Mus degree in Composition at the University of Sydney, studying under Peter Sculthorpe, and also received a diploma in Jazz Studies from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on trombone. Melissa has sung, played and recorded with countless groups across many styles: from The Renaissance Players to gypsy outfit Monsieur Camembert, from professional choir Cantillation to the Wiggles. She is as comfortable conducting Bach as she is The Beatles and loves any music that moves.

Melissa is the founder and Artistic Director of 50-voice, award-winning choir Soulfood a cappella, a group that performs original arrangements of Soul, Motown and Pop classics. The choir is the four-time winner of the John Lamble Australasian Open Choral Championship and celebrated its 10th birthday in 2014 with performances at the Sydney Opera House. Soulfood has had numerous live appearances on TV and radio, performing at Carols in the Domain in 2015, for Channel 7’s launch of Disney’s Frozen, at the launch of Mamma Mia the movie, and competed on Battle of the Choirs in 2008, with numerous appearances on ABC radio.

Melissa is also in demand as an instrumental and vocal coach, having held a seasonal lecturing position in Choral Pedagogy for the B.Mus Education course at the Sydney Conservatorium from 2015-2018 and regularly running workshops for schools, bands, vocal groups, choral societies and festivals.

Whether working with adults or children, professionals or enthusiastic amateurs, Melissa enjoys making every musical session she conducts a fun and rewarding experience. She is keen to see people everywhere discover the joy and the pleasure of making music together!

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Course Includes

  • Course Certificate

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