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Choir Workshop

October 16th, 2012

I learned more in one day of formal training than I did in four years’ self-taught singing experience.

Maybe that’s an exaggeration. Maybe not.

When I was in Stillwater we had Bro. and Mrs. Ray Gibbs do a choir workshop for our church choir. It was a one-day setting where we learned warm-ups, drills, breathing techniques and song interpretation, and we were learning from masters in their field. Bro. Gibbs had lead roles in the Metropolitan Opera, and was unique to his field in the style of music he sang. (see raygibbs.com)

His person aside, what he was able to do with the choir was wonderful! The choir was not a bad choir before that, but after some work we were transformed. We learned that singing takes work!

Once my wife and I moved here we joined the Temecula Valley Master Chorale and were immediately immersed in the “music world” of the Inland Valley. John Byun, our director, is another master in his field and is always improving. We practiced every Tuesday evening for about three hours and had quarterly concerts in the area. We learned that singing takes work!

One Tuesday in John’s absence, rather than cancel practice he had Bro. Eric Rea fill his place. Later, my wife and I were able to spend some time with the Reas and learned that they are on volunteer staff at a local Bible church in Menifee, and are both trained in choral conducting and performance (graduates of Bob Jones University).

I’m thrilled to announce that Bro. Rea has scheduled a choir workshop with our choir (tentatively Nov. 17)! The days that he filled in for John in the TVMC rehearsals were times that I couldn’t soak up enough of his training. I guarantee—based on my previous exposure to his teaching—that you’ll learn more in this one day than you’ve learned from me all year! (not a hard challenge!) J His training will definitely be a blessing to you, and I hope you do everything possible to make it to this workshop. It will not only benefit you but the whole church as the choir learns to more excellently worship the Lord. More details to follow.

Let me know if you have any questions!

-Bro. Ryan

ORDERLY CHOIR PRACTICE – Remember that chapter in the Great Exemption? “Is Orderly Choir Practice an Oxy-Moron?” Please honor others who cannot hear as well and do not talk in between songs. Thank you.

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