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Berks Youth Chorus, Reading Music Teachers Association to offer free singing workshops

Jan 18, 2017 • by Berks Youth Chorus
Berks Youth Chorus

Reading, PA – Berks Youth Chorus (BYC) and Reading Music Teachers Association (RMTA) are pleased to announce Healthy Singing with Christianne Knauer Roll. This informative and entertaining afternoon will be led by BYC graduate, Dr. Christianne Knauer Roll, on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 12 to 6 p.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church, Wyomissing, PA.

Events include two solo vocal workshops; a presentation of Dr. Roll’s article, “The Evolution of the Female Broadway Belt Voice: Implications for Teachers and Singers;” and a program with Dr. Roll singing her favorite “Musical Theatre Love Songs” accompanied by her mother, Lucinda Knauer. All events are free and open to the public. Guests may attend any or all events.

The first solo vocal workshop will be offered for 7th and 8th grade participants, from 12 – 1:30 p.m.; the second will be offered for 9th – 12th grade participants, from 1:45 – 3:45 p.m. Dr. Roll will provide 15 – 20-minute, individual coaching on vocal production, style and presentation to young singers. Repertoire will include musical theatre, music from the great American songbook, and popular music.Singers interested in participating in the workshops should call the BYC office (610-898-7664) or contact Dail Richie ([email protected]) for more information.

Dr. Roll will present “The Evolution of the Female Broadway Belt Voice: Implications for Teachers and Singers” from 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. She previously presented this article, based on her doctoral dissertation, at The Voice Foundation’s 44th Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania, on May 31, 2015. The Voice Foundation is the world’s oldest and leading organization dedicated to voice research, medicine, science, and education. Q & A time will be offered.

The afternoon events will conclude at 5:30 p.m. with “Musical Theatre Love Songs.”

Founded in 1992, Berks Youth Chorus is currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season.  With its headquarters and many rehearsals located in Reading’s geographically accessible GoggleWorks, and through community engagement projects such as Summer Sing, BYC is dedicated to making life-changing musical opportunities available to all children.

RMTA is the professional organization for the independent music teacher. The purpose of this association is to further the art of music; promote the professional growth and development of its members by providing programs that encourage and support teaching, performance, composition, and research; provide ongoing performance and education opportunities for students of its membership; promote and support music and music education in the community; promote public awareness of the value of music education for all individuals.

The BYC concert season is supported by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, and Reading Musical Foundation.

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