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Coordinating Vocal Colors in Women’s Choruses by Philip Silvey
“When singers in women’s choruses combine their individual vocal colors, they create vibrant sonorities. As members of an equal voice ensemble, they must learn to coordinate these distinct colors to form an integrated whole, one that captures the expressive intent of a range of musical compositions… This article is intended primarily for the ensemble needs of high school and collegiate women’s choruses, with potential application to adult women’s choruses.”
Literacy in the Choral Classroom: A Pedagogical Analysis Celebrating Contemporary Choral Compositions by Donna Menhart
“This pedagogical analysis of three choral works composed from 2013 to 2015 presents folk songs and musicianship solf-fa exercises using moveable-do major and la-based minor as the stepping stones to create connections between students’ past musical experiences, their present musical understanding, and their confident musical futures.”
A Guide to Improving Student-Led Section Rehearsals by Felicia Mulé, James Robison, and Ryan Kelly
“Many high school and college choirs hold section rehearsals that are directed by student leaders… Student leaders can employ a number of strategies to help them lead better and understand the needs of their sections. Likewise, teachers can take steps to guide their leaders with greater direction and oversight. This article’s goal is to offer both students and teachers strategies for improving their choirs’ sectionals so that they are more productive, musical, and unifying experiences for singers.”