Choral Sight Reading Workshops (ACDA/OMEA)
October 2, 3 and 4, 2012
Kick off the school year by energizing your groups! Play the sight reading game!
What are my workshop options?
Each day is a completely different workshop (it is not a three-day sequence). Students who complete the intermediate workshop will need a year or more of diligent study and practice with you in your choir room before they are ready for the advanced workshop. For the greatest benefit it is important that your students are prepared for the workshop.
What should my students
know to be ready for the workshops?
There are several variations on the hand signs.
Send me your favorite chromatic hand signs and we can discuss them at lunch. They should be simple, painless and logical (e.g. 'fi' should point to 'so').
What are the chromatic syllables?
"se" is pronounced like "re". The vowel should be a monophthong.
the chromatic scale ascending is: do di re ri mi fa fi so si la li ti do
the chromatic scale descending is: do ti te la le so se fa mi me re ra do
Chromatic C Major Scale
Those who are troubled by the enharmonic syllables must remember that solfege is a purely functional system and does not sufficiently handle all of the "music theory" issues.
A note from Workshop Director, Dr. Matt Strauser:
Welcome to the High School Choral Sight Reading Workshop! We'd like to begin promptly at 9 a.m. Directors will have a complimentary lunch with me and would be a great time to share ideas, challenges, and solutions.
We will meet in the Psalm Performing Arts Center (PC), building 28.
Your bus can drive up "Western Way" to the Psalm Center to unload. This is the best way if you need handicap access. You could also unload in one of the parking lots below the Psalm Center. If your bus stays it will probably need to take "Warrior Drive" up the hill and park in the gym parking lot.
What to bring:
- Student lunches if you are packing lunches
- A notebook or peachie folder for hand-outs
- A pencil with each participant
Let me know if you have questions:
Dr. Matt Strauser