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7 Ways to Love Your Choir, with Ryan Guth

September 23, 2016 -

Click to listen to podcast version:  7 Ways to Love Your Choir Be the leader they need You wouldn’t know this since I’m the guy who wrote “Your choir sucks because you suck”, but I’m a sappy, open, and vulnerable choir director. It doesn’t take much to get me all choked

I'm looking for new and different ways to teach students (middle school and high school) how to find their soft palette area and create more space there. Specifically, I have a high school student that has never quite caught on with many different techniques, both metaphorical and scientific. ... See MoreSee Less

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Nicolle OmisteOvertone singing causes one to become very aware of how to manipulate the soft palate.

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Tom KlonglerI find having them learn to be aware of laryngeal position tends to make soft palate lift occur. Place a finger on the "Adams apple" and yawn to make it lower/swallow to feel it rise

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Elaine PhilhowerLollipop

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Penelope CruzThe most effective method I've learned from and subsequently do is for the student to stand in front of a mirror and shine a flashlight into the back of the mouth and raise and lift the palate. You might have to demonstrate while they're peering into your mouth with the flashlight first.

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Chris BarlettaWalnut

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MaryAnn McKavitt EastYawn

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Diana Kalliope GrinaYawn! Or try to sound like Patrick on Spongebob. They have fun with that.

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Roger Ames"Hungah" with no hard "g" gets them to notice what's going on around the soft pallet - create warmups with it. Works well. Emphasize the ng feeling, stay there for awhile in certain exercises.

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Shane InmanFeeling the "cool spot" in the back of their throat when they take a quick breath on Ah! It worked well with my kids!

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Roger AmesLike mint gum. Very good, as well.

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Heather HamiltonThe technique that worked best for me was looking into a mirror with a flashlight and yawning! Then my teacher asked me to work on lifting my soft palette without yawning.

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Lucy SwansonJames Wolter: you're a pro, and should answer this!

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Eric GrahamBreathe warm air on your hand like you are fogging a mirror.

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Eric GrahamSpeak with your "announcer voice"

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Eric GrahamAsk them to snort and pay attention to where the snort feels like it is occurring.

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Lorie Moore DilanchianHot Pizza, don't burn the roof of your mouth

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Merryl NelsonHershey's Kiss on your tongue - don't let it touch the roof of your mouth. Also imagine the large end of a pear in your throat - don't 'squish' the pear!

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Jennifer Benton ScogginLightbulb--if the traditional shape is still known. :)

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William Zinn1. Cool air sip. 2. Hot mashed potatoes 3. Yawn 4. Reversed funnel in the mouth

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DeeAnn GrayI have them literally touch the soft place in the roof of the mouth, and then take a cool breath in while yawning. We also use a cupped hand beside the mouth to represent lifting. These things are the most effective for my choirs!

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Justin StarrFollowing this wonderful discussion. 👍🏻

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CORO SAN BENILDO

Achievements

2016

Grand Prix Finalist Choir of the World

Champion, Youth Choir Category

70th Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod, Wales, United Kingdom

 

2015

Grand Prix Finalist 1 Gold, 4 Silver, 3 Bronze Medals 3 Special Awards

54th Seghizzi International Choral Competition, Gorizia, Italy

2014

Bronze Award, Classical Mixed Category

10th Busan Choral Festival & Competition, Busan South Korea

2013

Champion-Gold Level V, Mixed Choir Category

1st Sing’n’Joy Louisville Kentucky International Choral Festival & Competition, Kentucky, USA

2012

Platinum Award, Folklore Category

1st Xinghai Prize International Choir Championships, Guangzhou, China

2011

Champion-Gold Level V, Folklore Category

1st Runner-Up, Mixed Youth Choir

1st Hoi Ann International Choral Competition, Vietnam


 

CORO SAN BENILDO is the resident choral group of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) in Manila, Philippines. It was founded in 1990 by a group of students who wanted to serve in the regular Holy Masses in the College. The group then went on to sing intermission numbers during institutional programs.

After being handled by nine conductors from 1995 – 2008, the group is now under the tutelage of Mr. Lorenzo C. Gealogo. Since 2008, the group has been part of numerous performances, bringing with them an innovative and creative showmanship which has earned them various achievements on and off campus.

 RECENT TRAININGS

Aside from Coro San Benildo’s regular rehearsal schedule the group  also attended workshops and trainings from different mentors in the choral industry such as:

  • Choral Clinicing with Mr. Mark Anthony Carpio, Conductor of the Philippine Madrigal Singers in August 2012
  • Swedish Conductor Fred Sjoeberg’s Master Class in February 1 -3, 2013
  • Choral Competition Workshop with Jonathan Velasco, President of the Philippine Choral Directors Association & Conductor of the Ateneo Chamber Singers in June 2015
  • Choral Competition Workshop with Jonathan Velasco, President of the Philippine Choral Directors Association & Conductor of the Ateneo Chamber Singers in June 2016

At present, Coro San Benildo continues to sing, perform and join international choral competitions to represent the school and the Philippines globally, and to promote Choral Music in the Philippines.

Grand Prix Finalist, 1 Gold, 4 Silvers, 3 Bronze, 3 Special Awards. 2015 54th Seghizzi International Choral Competition, Gorizia, Italy

Grand Prix Finalist, 1 Gold, 4 Silvers, 3 Bronze, 3 Special Awards. 2015 54th Seghizzi International Choral Competition, Gorizia, Italy

Champion, Youth Choir Competition. 2016 70th Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod, Wales, United Kingdom

Champion, Youth Choir Competition. 2016 70th Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod, Wales, United Kingdom


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