The Voca People

April 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Aimee Carter, Chorus, FUN, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Singing, Voice Students | Leave a comment
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Fellow Kindermusik Educator Aimee Carter found this amazing video and I want to share.

The Voca People is an international vocal theater performance combining vocal sounds and an acapella singing with the art of modern beat-box. Artistic Director: Lior Kalfo Music Director: Shai Fishman Producers: Revital & Lior Kalfo.

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Today was another great World Voice Day event in Raleigh!

April 6, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Posted in Chorus, Duke Voice Care Center, FUN, Grant Llewellyn, Kindermusik, Music, Ramblings, Singing, Voice Students, World Voice Day | 1 Comment
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This was my second year to attend the World Voice Day Celebration put on by the Duke Voice Care Center staff.  It was held at the Renaissance Raleigh Hotel and was very well put together this year.

As a Kindermusik Educator, Voice Teacher, Choral Director and Performer myself, I find this type of event, invaluable as a form of continuing education. I know alot of what they talk about already, but the affirmation, and the opportunity to glean some golden nugget of information that will help a student or myself is always welcome. I was not disappointed during yesterday’s event either.

Dr. Witsell, and his staff are very knowledgeable in the workings of the voice, both medically, physically and professionally. Their topics were relevant and interesting in the panel of experts presentation “How to Make Your Voice Last a Lifetime”. The vocal health fair gave an individual the opportunity to speak to a Duke Voice Care Center expert about their own voice health, observe a laryngeal imaging demonstration, or even have an acoustical voice analysis of their own voice made. There were a variety of vendor booths from the Master Chorale, Concert Singers of Cary, and the North Carolina Symphony to Pharmaceutical Reps from NeilMed Pharmeceuticals giving away Saline Mist and Gel samples and Sinus Rinse kits.

A short performance by Lois Deloatch, Jazz vocalist and Scott Sawyer, guitarist was well received by the crowd and a testament to proper care and nurture of Vocal Health.

The panel of experts included Ms. Deloatch as well as David Hartman, John Dancy, Dick Gordon, Florence Peacock and William Stone. Grant Llewelyn was the moderator of the panel. Many questions were answered and lots of encouragement and good information was discussed.

I “high note” of the event was Grant Llewelyn’s involvement of all who attended in a singing exploration of George Frederick Handel method. The “tritone” chord of G, F and H(the german B). Using the familiar tune of “Frere Jacque” the room was divided up into three groups. Without going into a lot of detail, we explored the round in the familiar fashion, then sang it inverted and finally retrograde, all in round. The panel provided a constant chord pattern using G, G, G; F, E, F; and B, C, B in a repeated fashion. It was quite challenging and a lot of fun to discover a piece of music this way. Maestro Llewelyn, confided, he wasn’t sure how it related to the day’s topic. Suffice it to say, I was completely convinced of it’s relativity in that the whole room was in fact singing! FUN!

The Renaissance Raleigh Hotel in the North Hills complex was a wonderful host with a delicious buffet of fruit, grilled vegetables, and gourmet lunchmeats and cheeses with crackers. The chocolate strawberries were in abundance and beverages rounded the refreshments out.

Oh, and my nugget this year related to the topic of relaxation when you sing. I use a form of ‘vocal yoga’ to teach this important aspect in my studio. The need to use relaxation is a basic part of teaching voice. What came to light was the fact that “Yoga” breathing, the kind taught by yoga gurus, and masters is detrimental to good vocal health. The harsh voiced exhale is not a good way to experience healthy breathing and should be avoided.

Thank you Duke Voice Care Center for an excellent program!

Musical Theatre Camp was Awesome!

July 15, 2008 at 11:15 pm | Posted in Chorus, FUN, Kindermusik, Music, Singing, Voice Students | Leave a comment
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Musical Theatre camp 1
Musical Theatre camp 1

Last week four students performed an awesome Musical Theatre Production after a whirlwind week in the studio. Their performance WOWED guests in a dinner theatre style performance at First Baptist Church in the Fellowship Hall. Selections we staged, costumed, and performed included Be Our Guest, Belle, Do-Re-Mi, My Favorite Things, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, It’s a Hard-Knock Life, Tomorrow, Hakuna Matata, Tripping Hither-Tripping Thither, Three (Four) Little Maids, It’s Possible and Green Eggs and Ham. Although we lacked in sleep :), the week was a concentrated learning experience that really gave everyone a big peak into what it’s like to be in a real performance group. It was non-stop fun!

Here are a couple of Rehearsal pics…

Flight of the Bumblebee Choral style!

January 24, 2008 at 2:51 am | Posted in Acapella, Chorus, Clash of the Choirs, Flight of the Bumblebee, FUN, Hallelujah Chorus, humor, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, NBC, Nick Lachey, Singing, Voice Students | Leave a comment
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 This was Nick Lachey’s winning choir from “Clash of the Choirs” on NBC.

I am always interested in talented musicians doing something out of the ordinary. What do you think?

Can’t get enough of those Bottle Bands – Check this one out!

November 23, 2007 at 5:38 pm | Posted in Bottle Band, Chorus, Christmas, FUN, humor, Kindermusik, Music, Musical Instruments, Nutcracker | Leave a comment


St Lukes Bottle Band
Thank you Michele and Sara for this great link!

A bottle band special… Whoa Christmas is coming!

November 21, 2007 at 5:13 am | Posted in Bottle Band, Chorus, Christmas, Copenhagen, FUN, humor, Music, Music Making, Musical Instruments | Leave a comment


The Bottle Band of Copenhagen playing beautiful music … I bet they were Kindermusik Kids don’t you? Thanks Michelle for the heads up!

I enjoyed my 35th High School Reunion last weekend!

September 24, 2007 at 7:26 am | Posted in Blogroll, Chorus, High School, LHS, Reunions | 2 Comments

It is amazing to me how much folks change and how much they stay the same. I really enjoyed going to my 35th High School reunion last weekend. A few more bald heads, and a smaller group of attendees, but, a great choir reunion and the chance to see some individuals I really wanted to see!

youI bet you have never heard The Hallelujah Chorus like this!

August 29, 2007 at 8:52 pm | Posted in Blogroll, Chorus, Hallelujah Chorus, Kindermusik, Music, Music Making, Musical Instruments, Singing, Voice Students | 1 Comment

I have sung The Messiah many times and the Hallelujah chorus many more in addition….but never like Northwestern University’s Kazoo Choir! Thank you Merri for this heads up!

Air Drums and Chorus – excellent!

August 16, 2007 at 4:04 am | Posted in Blogroll, Chorus, Drums, Music, Music Making, Singing, Voice Students | Leave a comment

I have been researching for a choral/voice workshop I am facilitating this week and found this fascinating video I just had to share. Enjoy!

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