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Choir warm up and exercises

I am in need for exercises of any type. Harmony, rhythm, beginning warm ups, breathing exercises etc.... Please let me know if you have any ideas.
on May 10, 2014 6:23am
Chase,
 
What is your purpose in warmups?  Is it getting the singers focused?  or getting the tubes cleared and lubricated?  or reminder/training in some vocal technique(s)?  or bringing the voices to full readiness?
 
I'm an elder-singer who has spent a lifetime singing in various community choruses, so that's the bias of my comments.  My observation is that while running scales on different syllables is fairly standard, after that every conductor has their own favorites which don't seem to be duplicated much by others.  
 
As for bringing voices to full readiness, for years I've been aware that approximately 30 minutes into any rehearsal there's a change in sound as the mix of mind-voice-attention finally come together and we are truly warmed up.  I see typical warmups as having little to do with that schedule.  And as another thread mentioned recently, expecting singers to show up fully warmed up is not very realistic.  For me personally, starting off singing straight through something we all know well (like a couple of comfortable hymns or equivalent) accelerates the process.
 
Using warm-up time for training sessions is especially useful if they focus on some aspect of the works being prepared.  You have to assess for yourself and your chorus where the balance between focused refresher and basic training lies.  
 
Of course, there are books of warm up techniques (Google & Amazon), but my suggestion is to learn from other's experience. Go to as many rehearsals with as many directors as you can; participate and take notes.  
 
 
on May 10, 2014 7:07am
Get a copy of "Choirbuilders" by Rollo Dilworth.  It has creative, excellent material for all of the above.   Also,  Frauke Haasemann's book "Group Vocal Technique"   which provides ways to improve various aspects of choral singing:  range, breath, flexibility, vowel quality, etc.
 
Best wishes, Jura
on May 11, 2014 3:57am
Go on Youtube and search.  Pick out the ones you like, the ones your kids (singers) can learn, the ones that apply to techniques you are teaching.  Lots of stuff out there.  
on May 11, 2014 8:12am
Chase, send me your personal e-mail and I will send what you need.  Sending these materials requires the use of attachments, a feature which this site does include.  Send you e-mail address to choirmaestroJack(a)netscape.net
 
Best regards,
John H. Briggs, Sr. (Jack) 
on May 11, 2014 6:29pm
I really like James Jordan's book of choral warm-ups the harmonic piano accompaniments are awesome too.
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