Oratorio Chorale - Summer Workshops 2017
Each summer the Oratorio Chorale hosts a series of workshops designed to improve and enrich the singer’s choral experience. These workshops are open to all interested musicians in our community.

WORKSHOP FACULTY

* Emily Isaacson *
Emily Isaacson is artistic director of the Oratorio Chorale and Maine Chamber Ensemble and director of choral activities at Clark University in Worcester. A graduate of Williams College, Isaacson earned master’s degrees in musicology from Edinburgh University in Scotland and from the University of Oregon, and a doctorate in musical arts (DMA) in choral conducting from the University of Illinois. She is Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director of the Portland Bach Festival.

* Mary Sullivan *
Oratorio Chorale artist in residence Mary Sullivan has appeared as a soloist with numerous New England ensembles. She is the resident soloist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Portland, with organist Herbert Taylor. Ms. Sullivan studied voice with celebrated soprano Nancy Armstrong and mezzo soprano Pamela Dellal. She maintains a private voice studio at her home in Brunswick.

* Scott Wheatley *
Scott Wheatley holds degrees from the University of Missouri / Kansas City Conservatory of Music and the University of South Florida. His experience as a singer has included performances across the U.S. with opera companies both as a soloist and as a member of professional choruses. Scott recently relocated to Portland from New York City and is on the faculty of the Portland Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern Maine. In addition to a busy singing and teaching schedule, Scott enjoys an active career as a coach/accompanist.

* Aaron Peisner *
Aaron Peisner is a versatile choral conductor, singer, and educator with experience performing and teaching in a wide range of genres. Originally from Portland, ME, Peisner holds a BA in music from Wesleyan University and an MM in choral conducting from the Yale School of Music. He is pursuing doctoral studies in choral conducting at the University of Maryland, where he conducts the Univer- sity Chorale and studies conducting with Dr. Edward Maclary and James Ross.
A resident of Washington, DC, Peisner sings professionally with the choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Register by completing the form below with your workshop choices. Within several days, we will send you e-mail confirmation of the workshops you have chosen and payment due. Write check for full amount payable to Oratorio Chorale and mail to Oratorio Chorale, P.O. Box 712, Brunswick ME 04011, or bring cash or check to your first workshop.

* Registration fees:
$25 for one course
$65 for three or more courses
$65 for Sight-Singing Bootcamp, any level

Email Julie Marsh, OC Administrative Assistant, at members@oratoriochorale.org with any questions.

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Calendar - see workshop descriptions below:
Sight-Singing Bootcamp (Beginner or Intermediate)
Join us for five sight-singing sessions of 45 minutes each. Beginner and Intermediate levels available (Intermediate might touch on Advanced topics as well). Taught by Oratorio Chorale Director Emily Isaacson at St. Paul’s Church, 27 Pleasant St, Brunswick; Wednesday evenings: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9. NOTE: There has been a time change from the brochure to better reflect sign-ups.
Anatomy of the Voice (choose from 2 dates - 1-hr session)
Discover the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that allow you to sing. Once you understand the various components of the anatomy of the voice, you will be better able to manipulate them for proper breath control, diction, and sound placement. Taught by Oratorio Chorale Artist-in-Residence Mary Sullivan at St. Paul’s Church, 27 Pleasant St, Brunswick.
Basic Vocal Technique (choose from 2 dates - 2-hr session)
For singers who do not take voice lessons. Learn how to improve your singing technique and what to practice at home. We will review anatomy of the voice, breath control techniques, and common vocal issues and how to solve them. Taught by Oratorio Chorale Artist-in-Residence Mary Sullivan at St. Paul’s Church, 27 Pleasant St, Brunswick. * Limited to 12 singers per session. *
Lyric Diction, Advanced Vocal Technique (choose from 2 dates - 2-hr session)
For singers who study voice privately. How do we make beautiful sound through- out the vocal range in English and in the other languages that commonly occur in choral music and art song. We will compare lyric diction with spoken diction and address key points of lyric diction in Latin, German, and French. We will also work on run techniques to make your moving passages easier and more enjoyable. Taught by Oratorio Chorale Artist-in-Residence Mary Sullivan at St. Paul’s Church, 27 Pleasant St, Brunswick. * Limited to 12 singers per session. *
How to Sing as Your Voice Ages (choose from 2 dates - 2-hr session)
Like all parts of the body, the voice changes as you age. Strategies that worked in your forties likely do not work in your seventies. Learn practical tricks of the trade that will allow you to utilize your individual strengths and minimize your body’s weaknesses so you can continue singing into your third century. Taught by Oratorio Chorale Artist-in-Residence Mary Sullivan at St. Paul’s Church, 27 Pleasant St, Brunswick.
Season Sneak-Peek: Handel's Messiah (choose from 2 dates - 1.5-hr session)
Learn the history and social traditions behind one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. An interactive lecture: participants will learn by singing sections of the work. Taught by Oratorio Chorale accompanist and vocal coach, Scott Wheatley.
Season Sneak-Peek: Fauré's Requiem (choose from 2 dates - 1.5-hr session)
Learn the story behind Fauré’s Requiem, loved by singers around the world, by singing sections of this incredible work. Taught by Oratorio Chorale accompanist and vocal coach, Scott Wheatley.
Monteverdi Madrigals
Explore selections from Claudio Monteverdi’s Fourth Book of Madrigals, which chronicles Monteverdi’s shift from the prima pratica of Renaissance polyphonyto the seconda pratica, in which the music primarily highlights and enhances the meaning of the text. The workshop will prepare singers to perform two of Monteverdi’s revolutionary madrigals as part of the Portland Bach Festival. June 13 and June 15 workshops at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, and June 17 Portland Bach Festival performance at Bayside Bowl in Portland. Taught by Guest Lecturer Aaron Peisner.
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