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Choral Academy

Joe Miller, conductor

 


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Monday, July 1 Workshops

 

 

Sing to the Lord a New Song: Creative Ideas for Enlivening Our Liturgical Music-making

Workshops I – A at 10 - 10:45 AM

Location: First Baptist Church, Kalamazoo

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Presenter: Bruce Neswick

Description: Playing for church and temple is our duty and delight, and we all want to be equipped with skills that encourage congregational singing. Together we will explore techniques for refreshing our hymn and service playing, touching on such topics as registrations, tempi, improvisation and re-harmonizations.


 

Choral Reading Session

Workshops I – B at 10 - 10:45 AM

Location: First Baptist Church, Kalamazoo

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Presenter: John Repulski

Description: Mr. Repulski will lead a choral reading session of a variety of useful choir anthems, old and new, that are favorites from the extensive Christ Church Cranbrook choral library. It will include pieces from through out the church calendar, and include a variety of musical styles and difficulty levels, with and without organ accompaniment, offering a particular emphasis on intermediate level anthems for the smaller parish choir.


 

AGO Exams: Tips for Test-givers and Test-takers

Workshops I – C at 10 - 10:45 AM

Location: First Baptist Church, Kalamazoo

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Presenter: Fern Jennings

Description: Region V Education Coordinator, Fern Jennings, will offer tips and suggestions as well as a list of study materials for the AGO certification exams. She will answer your questions about administering the test as well as the application and testing procedure.

 


 

Organ Literature of Anglican Choral Composers

Workshops II – A at 11 - 11:45 AM

Location: First Baptist Church, Kalamazoo

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Presenter: Scott Hanoian

Description: Looking for the perfect organ voluntary to pair with the choral music of Stanford, Parry, and Howells? From Thomas Tallis to David Willcocks, come as we explore the organ music of the great composers of Anglican choral music.

 


 

Choral Academy Rehearsal #1

Workshops II – B at  11 - 11:45 AM

Location: First Baptist Church, Kalamazoo

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Conductor: Joe Miller

Description:

If you work with choirs, you'll want to take part in the Choral Academy elective. Under the direction of Dr. Joe Miller, conductor of the famed Westminster Choir (Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ), the Academy offers four rehearsals with Dr. Miller, plus a performance by the Academy on Wednesday of the Convention. The Choral Academy will be open to Convention Registrants on a first-come first-served basis, with a limit of 65 singers, based upon balanced sections.  There is no extra charge for the Choral Academy, and the lessons learned and the skills strengthened are sure to be invaluable for years to come.


 

Chapter Growth: Publish or Perish, Talk or Tumble, Change or Die

Workshops II – C at  11 - 11:45 AM

Location: First Baptist Church, Kalamazoo

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Presenter: Howard Slenk

Description:  During the three years that Howard Slenk was Dean, the Grand Rapids Chapter of the AGO experienced the highest rate of membership growth in the nation. These were the years of the "Each One, Reach One" campaign. This is a report explaining the methods that led to three years of prize-winning growth. It will include critiques of existing situations, and suggestions for improvement on the national, regional, and local levels.


 

Bach Myths

Workshops III – A at 3 - 3:45 PM

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo

Room: Rear organ loft

Presenter: Paul Barte

Description: Were there 20 children in the Bach household? Did Bach write the Minuet in G? Did Bach die while writing the Art of Fugue? This presentation offers a light-hearted look at Bach scholarship, dispelling some old misconceptions.

 


 

Four Vocal Food Groups

Workshops III – B at 3 - 3:45 PM

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo

Room: Gathering Space

Presenter: Frances Brockington

Description: A workshop addressing common vocal issues attached to sacred choral and solo singing. Non-traditional vocalises as well as remedies will be offered and demonstrated.

 


 

 

"Beyond Grievances - Help From the AGO!"

Workshops III – C at 3 - 3:45 PM

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo

Room: Dining Room

Presenter: Pamela Stover

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Tuesday, July 2 Workshops

 

 

Organists and Handbells: A Vital Partnership

Workshops IV – A at 10 - 10:45 AM

Location: St Luke's Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo

Room: Sanctuary

Conductor: Janet L. Van Valey and Joseph D. Daniel, organist

Description: As handbell ringing has become part of many church music programs, the literature for bell choir has grown exponentially. Many of these new works have come from organists and pianists involved in worship. How can organists support bell choirs and contribute to their musical development? How can their collaboration be mutually beneficial? Selections from the Kalamazoo Ringers’ concert with organ will be used to demonstrate how even a small bell choir, in partnership with the organist, can enhance creative worship.

 


 

Choral Techniques

Workshops IV – B at 10 - 10:45 AM

Location: St Luke's Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo

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Presenter: Joe Miller

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Teaching the Young Organist:
Providing Tools of Our Trade to the Newest Generations

Workshops IV – C at 10 - 10:45 AM

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Kalamazoo

Room: Rear organ loft

Presenter: Thomas Bara

Description: Giving young organists their start is much like presenting aspiring artisans their first toolboxes. These metaphorical toolboxes include tools for building facility and coordination in the hands and feet, for practicing effectively, for learning how to memorize securely, and for playing expressively in legato and non-legato styles, to name a few. This workshop will offer an outline of pedagogical tools of the trade that the presenter emphasizes with young students at Interlochen, along with a few tricks he has gathered along the way.


 

 

Cornflakes & Cornopeans: The Kellogg-Skinner Connection

Workshops V – A at 11 - 11:45 AM

Location: St Luke's Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo

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Presenter: Brooks Grantier

Description: Famed as breakfast cereal innovator and international philanthropist, W.K. Kellogg was also a lover of music. He funded, in whole or in part, six (probably seven) organs from E.M. Skinner between 1925 and 1933, including Skinner's last large, unaltered masterpiece (IV / 72) at W.K. Kellogg Auditorium in Battle Creek. This workshop/lecture looks at the personalities and the collaborations, collusions, and collisions of these two great men.

 


 

Children's Choral Techniques

Workshops V – B at 11 - 11:45 AM

Location: St Luke's Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo

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Presenter: Ann Marie Koukios

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How to Present a Dynamic Pipe Organ Encounter (POE)

Workshops V – C at 11 - 11:45 AM

Location: St Luke's Episcopal Church, Kalamazoo

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Presenter: Elizabeth Claar

Description: Do you dream of hosting a Pipe Organ Encounter but feel that you and your chapter lack the skills and resources necessary? Learn from veteran POE director, Dr. Elizabeth Claar, how any AGO chapter can present a POE. Dr. Claar and the Holland Area AGO held POEs in 2008 and 2012 at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Holland is a small city, and the sponsoring chapter has a small number of members and a small budget. However, both POEs were full and had waiting lists, and all of the students surveyed after the POE said they planned to continue organ study. Come find out how you—combining your enthusiasm with resources from AGO headquarters—can direct a POE and inspire beginning and intermediate organ students to play the organ with passion and skill.


Wednesday, July 3 "Fermata Time"

 

A)  Open consoles in Battle Creek:

 

B)  Explore the Kellogg House and Gardens and the Underground Railroad Memorial

 

 

Kellog Manor House and Gardens

Underground Railroad Memorial pictures/artist

 

C) Stroll the Battle Creek Linear Park

BC Linear Park webpage

 

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