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Summer Schola

posted Jul 3, 2013, 10:00 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Jul 3, 2013, 10:33 AM ]
Whether you're in a musical ensemble or sitting in the pew, why is it important to try to sing better?   

Healthier singing heightens our awareness during liturgy; and inspires full, active and conscious participation.   Spirited community singing expresses reverence and respect by fully engaging the mind, body and spirit in the act of music making and praise. 

But do you possess all the tools to make a better effort?   Do you recognize the printed musical symbols?   Do you know how to sing more musically, more beautifully, and more prayerfully? 

Come to the Summer Schola!   A schola is a small training choir run by a church or religious school.   Each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm, I’ll present a one-hour workshop in the Good Shepherd on basic music notation and sight-singing technique.   Using a different hymn each week from Breaking Bread, we’ll explore how to both read its music and sing it better.   It will be simple enough for those with no musical experience; but can also help anyone with prior training.   The desire to sing better and a willingness to learn how to follow a hymn are all that's required. 

Printed music is a “map” that guides you through a song, and the more you understand its language, the more effectively you can sing and pray it.   Though each consecutive “lesson” will build on the previous week, they’re designed to be independent of each other, and simple hand-outs will help you catch up on any you miss.   So come when you can, you don't have to worry about it interfering with your vacation plans or being absent.   And you can bring your own snacks and beverages!   Music is an ideal way to relax and relieve stress from the pressures of daily life!

Open to all parishioners, the Summer Schola begins on July 10th and continues through August on most Wednesdays. No registration or fee is required; though please let me know if you plan on attending so I have the appropriate amount of materials prepared.