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Andrea Ramsey on Her Newly Commissioned Work, “But a Flint Holds Fire” in Support of the Flint Water Crisis

September 26, 2016 -

I was recently introduced to an article on the Michigan ACDA website (editor, Jed Scott). It was an interview with composer Andrea Ramsey about her recently commissioned work, “But a Flint Holds Fire.” The piece was composed for a Chorus America consortium project and is part of an effort to raise awareness

Several times over the past few months, issues of pitch-matching have come up - sometimes troublesome, challenging issues of finding "something to do" for enthusiastic students who can't sing in tune. I had a situation like that, some years back. This particular student, now leading a military men's choral ensemble, replied: "I'm honored to be used as an example in your teaching! I think one of the techniques that helped me understand pitch the most, when I was still not hitting the right notes, was matching the piano to whatever pitch I was singing. I'd try to keep a single pitch in my voice, which isn't hard to do, and then hit keys one by one on the piano until I felt the resonance, which is quite distinct. Once I comprehended that sensation in my ear, I could set it a goal to match my voice to the piano, instead of the other way around. I hope that helps." ... See MoreSee Less

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Betsy Baeskens Giri, Kathea Yarnell and 1 other like this

Betsy Baeskens GiriHelen Kemp writes of exactly this technique in "Of Primary Importance," the section for helping students who do not match pitch. The student sings a note, and the teacher matches it, rather than the other way around. I have used this with good results many times.

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Laurie Betts HughesYes!!! This has worked with students: they lead the pitch matching-- I match them, and piano matches them, and they keep a staff paper with "their notes" (dated) that we build upon over time. Works well.

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Representing their second Classical Movements tour, the girls of Young Adelaide Voices treble choir completed a very successful tour of Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, and Bratislava. With festival performances in Salzburg, including in the legendary Groβer Saal of the Mozarteum, and in Bratislava, where in addition to multiple performances the choir came home with three gold medals, the girls also enjoyed impromptu pop-up performances in each city, as a chance to hone their repertoire and delight the locals and tourists who happened upon them. Other high points include a post-Mass performance in Munich’s famous Frauenkirche, a concert in the atrium of Vienna’s high-tech Haus der Muisk, and a custom tour of the salt mines of Hallstatt outside of Salzburg.


Munich Royal Residence

Perfect perspective to admire the ceiling of the Royal Residence in Munich.


Festival performance in the legendary Groβer Saal of Salzburg’s Mozarteum.


One of many pop-up performances, this one in the Viennese Palace courtyard.

Mirror Hall

International Youth Music Festival competition in Bratislava’s Mirror Hall where YAV took home three gold medals!

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