Breakout Sessions

Two different breakout sessions are offered during the Dorian Choral Retreat on Saturday, June 30. Descriptions of the sessions can be found below. 

Breakout Session #1, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

You may attend one of these options.

Tom Trenney, "Preaching FROM the Choir" Consider how the church choir can become an instrument through which the Word is preached, prayer is uplifted, the Gospel is proclaimed, and faith community is formed. [Also offered during Breakout Session #2].

Jill Wilson, "Music Literacy and Artistic Literacy in the Choral Rehearsal" A key aim of choral music education should be to create independent musicians, so that singers might continue to have a means to express themselves and make connections to others through music. ALL people are capable of musical literacy, which involves much more than being able to decode notation. Participants in this session will experience strategies for helping singers to be music readers and embrace broader definitions of literacy.

Karen Brunssen, "The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan"  The life of our singing instrument begins with the first cry as a new born baby, and continues as an infant, a child, an adolescent, a college student, an adult, and a senior citizen. Throughout our lives vocal function is dependent on where the body is within progressive and constant changes. Based on decades of study and research that is now available in her new book, The Evolving Singing Voice: Changes Across the Lifespan, Karen Brunssen will explain the profound developmental changes of respiration, vibration, and resonance, and their relevance for vocal production across the lifespan.

 


Breakout Session #2, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

You may attend one of these options.

Tom Trenney, "Preaching FROM the Choir"  Consider how the church choir can become an instrument through which the Word is preached, prayer is uplifted, the Gospel is proclaimed, and faith community is formed. [This is a repeat of Breakout Session #1] 

Jennaya Robison, "It All Comes Down to the Conductor: Creating Beauty and Depth of Tone Through Gestural Language."  Participants will examine how a conductor’s gestural language directly impacts how singers shape music and produce better sound. Geared toward all levels of conducting, participants will discuss body mapping and alignment of the choral gesture, along with the impact of one’s individual, unique gesture to create the greatest efficiency in rehearsal and overall musicality. Conducting techniques will be practiced as a whole group, and up to three individuals may participate as masterclass conductorsIf you wish to be one of the masterclass conductors, please contact Susan Potvin directly at [email protected].

Mark Potvin, "Fear, Risk, & Vulnerability: Why Perfect Isn’t Good Enough and Good Enough is Perfect"  Singing is a wholehearted activity, requiring a complete activation of body, mind, spirit, and voice. This type of complete surrender can cause the inexperienced singer unease. Singers must determine how to navigate uncertainty, vulnerability, risk, and fearfulness in order to be successful soloists and choristers. This session will examine the musician's predisposition for perfection and compare it to the pursuit of excellence. Participants will be invited to share formative experiences with risk/failure as young singers and dialogue about environments that facilitate resilience and growth.