(including content published THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 03, 2020 | in The Brock News by Alison Innes)
Choir at Brock University will look a little different this fall by moving to a virtual rehearsal format.
“Given the known risks of singing together in groups, we will not attempt to do what we normally do until health guidelines permit us,” says Rachel Rensink-Hoff, Associate Professor of Music and Choir Director.
While not being able to safely gather and practice in person together is a challenge for those in choir, Rensink-Hoff sees it as an opportunity.
“We have a unique opportunity to get to know and learn from one another in new ways through online discussion and active engagement.”
Rensink-Hoff will focus the choir on pursuing some of the things they haven’t usually had time for, such as building individual skills in vocal technique and stage presence, analyzing music as a vehicle for storytelling, and reflecting on the historical and cultural contexts of songs. There will also be a “Shared Perspectives” series of guest interviews and workshops with conductors, composers and vocal-choral specialists from across Canada and the U.S.
Choir members will need headphones, a video recording device such as a phone, computer or tablet, as well as internet connection.
The Treble Choir (sopranos and altos) will rehearse together virtually on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., and the Mixed Voices choir (sopranos, altos, tenors and basses) will meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
“Our work will emphasize the process, rehearsing, over the product, performing,” says Rensink-Hoff. “This is a tough transition for those of us in the arts, but it is also a chance to for us to strengthen our performance skills and to reflect on the significance of live performance to individuals and communities.”
Choir auditions are open to Brock students, faculty, staff as well as members of the wider Niagara community. Both new and returning choir members may book their auditions online before the deadline on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 11:59 p.m.
For more information or for assistance arranging interviews:
* Michelle Pressé, Brock University Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, 905-688-5550 x4420 or 905-246-1963
SING@BROCK ONLINE EDITION: audition for choir 2020-21
Open by audition to all students, faculty, staff and members of the Niagara community!
For the 2020-2021 academic year, choir will be fully online until guidelines allow for other forms of gathering. As such, the course will be less about performance outcomes and more about the process of learning, connecting, exploring and innovating as key elements of ensemble participation.
Singers will engage with a diverse body of choral repertoire in sessions on vocal technique and choral skill development, explorations of movement and stage presence, analysis of music and text, workshops with guest artists, and collaborations through innovative singing projects. Rehearsal and performance skills will be developed in the context of a supportive community that promotes cross-cultural understanding and self-expression.
Previous singing experience and ability to read music is required.
For more information contact:
Rachel Rensink-Hoff, email@example.com
SEE >>> brocku.ca/sing