MORRISTOWN, NJ - Harmonium Choral Society hosts its annual Spring Choral Musicianship Workshop Series for singers, teachers, students and interested listeners. The workshops are designed to provide an excellent opportunity for participants of all ages to enjoy an afternoon expanding their skills in music theory, reading and singing. In addition, New Jersey-certified teachers can earn professional development credits by attending one or both of the workshops.
Judith Nicosia, Associate Professor at Rutgers University, will lead the first workshop on the topic "HYSIWYG" (How You Sing is What You Get). The workshop will take place 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison. Judith will apply ideas and exercises from the solo vocal realm to choral singing. She will present methods for easier straight tone singing (using vibrato as needed), as well as other topics including resonance and breath management techniques. At Rutgers University Judith teaches voice, voice pedagogy and vocal literature classes. She is Secretary for ACDA Eastern Division and President-Elect for the New York Singing Teachers Association.
The second workshop "Introduction to Music Mind Games" will be presented by Elizabeth Cunha, a certified Music Mind Games teacher-trainer. Elizabeth will present an entertaining and exciting workshop for music lovers of all ages (PreK-Adult) filled with games to help students read music and understand music theory. The workshop will take place 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, Grace Episcopal Church, 4 Madison Avenue at Kings Road, Madison, N.J. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Music and Music Education/Violin from The Catholic University and attended The University of Maryland for her Masters in Music Education with an emphasis in Suzuki String Pedagogy. In addition to Music Mind Games and Suzuki training, Elizabeth also teaches General Music and Orchestra at the Stone Ridge Middle School in Bethesda, Maryland.
Advance registration is recommended. The workshops sell out quickly, and participants are strongly encouraged to register as soon as possible. The registration fee, which includes light refreshments, is $35 per workshop or $60 for both workshops. To register online, visit http://www.harmonium.org/paypal.shtml.
To register by mail, send a check payable to Harmonium Choral Society in an envelope addressed to Harmonium Workshops, PO Box 1317, Morristown, NJ 07962-1317. Please include name and contact information.
ABOUT HARMONIUM CHORAL SOCIETY
Harmonium, one of New Jersey's leading choral arts organizations, is known for its eclectic programming and community spirit. The 100-voice chorus, which includes a large number of music educators, sponsors commissions, premieres, and musicianship workshops, as well as an Outreach Chorus which performs in schools, nursing homes and other venues. The choral society has been recognized for its musical excellence and innovative programming. Harmonium has won the prestigious Chorus America Education and outreach Award for their Annual High School Choral Composition Contest which is currently in process. They have also won the Morris Arts Outstanding Arts Organization Award. Harmonium has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association and at the opening convocation of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) 2011 Region II Convention and toured internationally.