Location: Florida, USA
I interrupt this profile to invite any who are visiting as a result of viewing Classic Yule Songs
to join the Wellington Chorale. The WC is a new group which meets on Monday eves at 7 in
St. David's in-the-pines=Episcopal Church auditorium. Church is on Forest Hill Blvd., two lights south of Southern Boulevard. Worth the distance - guaranteed!
This chorus will be unique in the South FLorida area for its sound, articulation and programming. My training of a chorus includes much vocal instruction lerned from internationally respected teachers and artists such as; Giorgio Tozzi who was a Met Opera star for many years; John Howell, early teacher of Tozzi;; Richard Miller, author of many books on pedagogy; and others.
I toured in the professional Robert Shaw Chorale and the Roger Wagner Choral. These groups are not to be mistaken for the Festival and workshop gatherings or Carnegie Hall concerts.
Having conducted choruses for 6 decades, I utilize techniques that are not taught in grad schools,
but developed in order to acconodate desired orchestral like results, much of which is learned when working with orchestra. I founded and conducted the Palm Beach Symphonette for 20 years,
having studied with people who are included in the paragarphs below..
Right now, we are seeking singers for the Wellington Chorale
Email or call me for info and interview. CEP12@bellsouth.net or 561 659 3641.
Old material here.
I am a frequent user of Choralnet and enjoy every minute of it. Having conducted for many years, both orchestral and choral groups, I may have some interesting, if not helpful ideas and experiences to share with readers.
In the same concert season, I heard for the first time both of America's premiere choruses - the Robert Shaw and the Roger Wagner Chorales. I was so smitten that I would literally dream of being in such wonderful ensembles. Five years later I was touring with the "professional" Robert Shaw Chorale and 18 years later with Roger Wagner. Having sung under a number of college and community chorus directors, I heard in Shaw, particularly, a vocal freedom; that is people singing legitimately and unstifled. I was in a real dream!
Now, at age 82, having had a very irregular musical journey, I hope to share some of the practical aspects of this trip. In 2007, while working on a doctoral dissertation, I referred to notes from a 1964 period of study in New York City with an early teacher of Giorgio Tozzi, the fabulous bass-baritone. It was a ten weekky series of master classes with John Daggett Howell, who at the time was coaching an up-coming revival of Vanessa, the Samuel Barber opera. His teaching of the language as a basis for vocal technique was somethinj so practical that it defies written description. I could name some well-known talents who attended those classes. Sufice me to say that having rediscovered those notes and now understanding them, my technique is the best ever and I am preparing some videos for YouTube.
There is a period when I organized a symphonette and chorus featuring international soloists; but telling of that will have to wait a while.