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Warm-ups: Books on Warmups



Dear Listers,

Thanks so much for the suggestions. Here are the ideas I received so far. If I receive others, I will post them.

Paul Brandvik has written a extensive chapter on Choral Tone for the book, Up Front! Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor. (Edited by Guy Webb, Publishsed by
ECS) Included are several suggestions for warm-ups based on sound healthy vocal concepts. The book is widely used by choral conductors and choral conducting classes.

Kjos publishes a little book called "Preposterous Vocalises" by Josefa Heifetz.

The ultimate resource, in my opinion, is Group Vocal Techniques, written by Frauke Haasemann and James Jordan, published with vocalise cards, a book, and a video, available from Hinshaw.

I HIGHLY recommend the book "Building Beautiful Voices" by Paul Nesheim and Weston Noble. It has tremendous vocaleases. It's broken into sections, tone quality, sostenuto, consonants, legato, etc. Student copies are available. The teacher's edition has accompaniments for each exerrcise. The accompaniments are fairly easy, and add a lot. My students LOVE this series as do I!

Nancy Telfer's books from Kjos. They are very well done, with an excellent teacher's manual. Short exercises, a lot of them to choose from, she never let's you go to sleep (each apparently repeated line usually contains a surprise), and the lyrics are just dumb enough to be fun and attractive. I have used them with children, youth and adults, and they all have fun with them.

Russell Robinson/Jay Althouse book The Complete Choral Warm-Up Book, published by Alfred. It has a wide variety of warm ups.

350 vocalises from the Iowa Choral Director's Association. Contact: Bruce Norris, Sec. ICDA,
Mondamin, Ia. Several reputable choral directors contributed and there is something there for every type of choral group.

Thanks to those who wrote!! I'm off to the cyberspace bookstore!!

Diane Aitken
djaitken(a)prodigy.net