“Where can I find that beautiful Ēriks Ešenvalds, Veljo Tormis or Vaclovas Augstinas score?” by Dr. Heather MacLaughlin Garbes, Chair of Lifelong Choral Music With the popularity of Baltic choral music continuing to grow, many of the sighs of happiness after hearing those compositions turn to sighs of frustration about trying to find the scores … Continue reading An Overview of the UW Baltic Choral Library
By Ailisa Newhall, Commercial Music R&R Coordinator Our choir members bring a rich culture of music with them from the first day they step into our rehearsal. To encourage singers to share their own music, we need to foster a safe and supportive rehearsal environment. All music, from classical to commercial, must be held equally … Continue reading Fostering Mutual Respect with Your Choir Members
Thanks to WNYC'S podcast Snap Judgement for playing this moving audio documentary of a man's gender transition heard through his singing. It was recorded in 2010 by Tristan Whiston, the singer, and Carma Jolly of the CBC. The 26 minutes are well worth a listen. Middle C: A Singer's Audio Diary of His Transition … Continue reading Middle C – A Singer Chronicles His Gender Transition
Did you miss the February WA ACDA workshop on creating Safe Spaces for Transgender Voices? See the links below for audio recording and notes from the session. Creating Safe Spaces for Transgender Voices, Part 1 Creating Safe Spaces for Transgender Voices, Part 2 WA – ACDA Transgender Workshop Notes Notes submitted by Dr. Heather MacLaughlin … Continue reading Safe Spaces for Transgender Voices
Submitted by Heather MacLaughlin Garbes, Western Liaison My Voice: Questions and repertoire for embracing transgender singers in your ensemble This workshop will share up-to-date research and personal insights of transgender singers, give suggestions about logistics and repertoire and allow participants to ask questions and discuss topics that they are experiencing in their own ensembles. Presenters … Continue reading Workshop THIS Saturday!
by Joel Karn, R&S Chair for Women's Choruses The day I post the list of my choirs for the next school year is a day mixed with both celebration and sadness among my students. Many shed tears of joy because they've made it into the group they've longed to be in, while a few others … Continue reading Auditioning Your Choirs
Aimee Mell, Unison Editor AM: You are a specialist on the adolescent female voice and your book Finding Ophelia's Voice, Opening Ophelia's Heart: Nurturing the Adolescent Female Voice has brought this conversation to the forefront. What led to your focus on this topic? LG: Back in 1980 I was a young teacher in Miami, I … Continue reading Interview with Lynne Gackle: Finding Ophelia’s Voice (Part 1 of 2) ACDA WA Summer Institute Headliner
By Aimee Mell, Unison Editor We're so thrilled to have Dr. Lynne Gackle of Baylor University as our headliner for this year's Summer Institute. Read on to learn more details about her sessions on the adolescent female voice. AM: Could you please give us a preview of the sessions you’ll be leading at our summer … Continue reading Interview with Lynne Gackle: Summer Institute Sessions (Part 2 of 2)