PipeChat Digest #5404 - Monday, June 13, 2005
Re: Summer Music Camp Ideas!?
  by <SWF12262@aol.com>
Re: Foot fetish?
  by "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis.jan@gmail.com>
This week's mp3's - Repost: Rolande Falcinelli
  by "Jonathan Orwig" <giwro@adelphia.net>

(back) Subject: Re: Summer Music Camp Ideas!? From: <SWF12262@aol.com> Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2005 00:15:24 EDT   Dear Peter, Good luck to you! I've been running a choir camp for grades 3 - 8 here = at St. Lambert's for more years than I like to recall -- just played a = wedding for the first boy chorister to join my children's choir way back when he = was in fourth grade! My choir camp meets Tuesdays through Fridays from noon to = two for four or five weeks in June and July. The first hour kids bring their =   lunch, and we have unstructured free time outside. Some play chess, = others prefer basketball or tag or just running about and being silly. They can = do whatever they like, as long as it is safe and legal. ;)) One year yoyos = were quite popular! The second hour we go inside to the choir room and study = basic vocal technique, tone matching, and solfege sight-singing techniques, as = well as liturgy and the church year. I've developed my own work-book to teach =   solfege -- mostly hymn based. St. Lambert's has produced some very = talented choral singers using this system, and three of my four paid cantors came = up through the children's choir and choir camp. Let me know if you would = find a copy of our choir camp workbook useful, but please be warned that there = is a great deal of explanation and instruction involved with each page, and = I've never developed a teacher's manual, since I wrote the thing and know what = I need to explain and emphasize. I also recommend warmups that concentrate on diction. I like to start with them panting like dogs to help isolate the =   diaphragm -- this helps them to understand the source of "support." Then = inhale for 4 beats, puff out for 4; in for 4 out for 8, etc. -- I can usually get = them to budget the air for 24 or 28 beats by the end of camp. Descending = scales are quite useful, singing "copper bottom kettle," "red leather lorry," = "Peter Piper picked a peck of putrid pickled peppers," and my personal favorite, =   "halibut cod." I find the last quite useful as it demonstrates the = difference between the explosive "t" and the voiced "d" at the ends of those words. = Do come up with your own -- kids love it when I mess up and our next warmup = scale is sung on "Folkers forgot what key he is in!" Another hugely popular activity is time trials to determine how many seconds each singer can = sustain a note -- friendly competition! Children are usually tremendously = receptive to musical concepts if they are presented in a fun and imaginative manner, = and most learn very quickly! Do challenge them -- they will rise to meet = your expectations! It's just about the best part of my job! Steve Steven Weyand Folkers Director of Music [since 1988] St Lambert RC Church Skokie, IL  
(back) Subject: Re: Foot fetish? From: "Jan Nijhuis" <nijhuis.jan@gmail.com> Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2005 22:42:57 -0700   On 6/12/05, Rev. Tony Newnham <organist.tony@btinternet.com> wrote: > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Glenda" <gksjd85@direcway.com> > <SNIP> > > I'm really worried about you all. Priests don't generally kill people = - > > they torture them. More fun for them. > > > > Glenda Sutton > > gksjd85@direcway.com >=20 > I hope we don't!!! >=20 > Every Blessing >=20 > Tony (Baptist Minister)   Seems to me Paul got one to toss himself out the window.   Most pastors do like to see their parishoners return for more torture week after week. ... I'm sure it's what keeps those guys going!   Well, that and the occasional sawing off of an organist's legs. --=20 Jan Nijhuis nijhuis.jan@gmail.com  
(back) Subject: This week's mp3's - Repost: Rolande Falcinelli From: "Jonathan Orwig" <giwro@adelphia.net> Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2005 23:34:41 -0700   This week I repost 2 previous posts - music of Rolande Falcinelli   Rolande Falcinelli, another student of Dupr=E9 has written close to 100 works, but few have been published. This work, entitled "Epure" (Purify)is one that has been. Falcinelli's music is in the symphonic French tradition, but full of arresting harmonies and unusual melodic surprises. After hearing this, I proceeded to purchase every score of hers that I could find!   ftp://diapason.dk/toccata/Falcinelli,%20Rolande/FalcinelliEpure.mp3 or http://tinyurl.com/8phf3   Here we have another piece from Rolande Falcinelli, this one entitled "Meandres". This piece was intended as an etude, and (if I remember correctly) was used as a trial piece at the Paris Conservatoire to help determine the prizes in the organ class. It's only 2 pages, but those 2 pages are 3-4 minutes of hard work - constant finger substitutions to maintain legato and some very tricky double pedaling   ftp://diapason.dk/toccata/Falcinelli,%20Rolande/FalcinelliMeandres.mp3 or http://tinyurl.com/e2jo9   enjoy!   -- Jonathan Orwig Evensong Music, Media and Graphics New Organ and Choral Music http://www.evensongmusic.net