I stand in the stifling heat in the vast school hall in front of my A Cappella choir rehearsals. I’m waving my arms in a space that feels like Dante’s Inferno. I feel exhausted with the heat, yet I do what I can. It’s horrid and humid. I read the room and the collective heaviness in the air.
Let’s chat about summer choir rehearsals. Each year, they follow the same predictable pattern. It’s a season of fun in the sun, getaways, and, well, sneaky summer colds that come out of nowhere. In my choir world, it can feel like everyone’s hopped onto the holiday express – leaving the rest of us singers behind at the rehearsal hall.
Recently, we introduced a piece of music to my gorgeous A Cappella Choir. Our particular arrangement of a well-known composition from the mid-1960s shares the melody equally between the four vocal harmonies of the singers.The usual harmony singers have embraced it quickly and are loving their moment in the spotlight. However, the same can’t be said for those typically used to singing the melody as they do in the majority of our repertoire.
Want to learn and sing music faster, be more accurate and embrace technology on your Smart Phone to make it easier? Gone are the days of learning at your rehearsals, and hoping you remember it! So to help fellow choir singers and vocalists, I’ve written this blog about my best, favourite, must-have apps I use myself on my phone, iPad and computer.
Are you dreaming of perfecting your voice and confidently owning the stage but struggling to find the time due to work, life, and family commitments? You’re not alone! As a vocal coach, choir leader, singer and contributor to singing blogs, I’ve had the pleasure of helping many singers unlock their true potential…