Episcopal Life Online Daybook -- Today is Friday, April 27 in Easter. * Today in Scripture: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/82457_ENG_HTM.htm * Today in Prayer: Anglican Cycle of Prayer: http://www.anglicancommunion.org/acp/index.cfm * Today in History: On this day in 1859, George Washington Doane, Episcopal priest and hymnist, died.
Multimedia: Janine Tinsley-Roe on Native American ministries
[Episcopal News Service] Native American missioner Janine Tinsley-Roe speaks about the Episcopal Church's commitment to recognize and welcome Native Peoples into congregational life through education, advocacy, and leadership development. Tinsley-Roe also talks about special events taking place throughout 2007 marking landmark moments in U.S. history when settlers from England first discovered the New World 400 years ago.
A video stream of Tinsley-Roe's interview is available at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/81231_ENG_HTM.htm.
Further information about the Episcopal Church's Native American ministries is available at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/native_american.htm.
Catalyst: "Prescriptions for Choral Excellence" from Oxford University Press, by Shirlee Emmons and Constance Chase, 334 pages, hardcover, c. 2006, $30
[Source: Oxford University Press] In shaping choral tone, directors often wish to improve the sound of their choir, but are challenged to pinpoint underlying problems or to guide singers toward solutions. Now, in Prescriptions for Choral Excellence, skilled vocal pedagogue Shirlee Emmons and leading choral director Constance Chase equip choral directors with the practical tools they need to help singers achieve peak choral performance.
Drawing on years of experience, Emmons and Chase help choral directors and singers effectively diagnose and resolve problems. They cover topics ranging from breath management and diction to range and intonation, and much more. Beyond describing vocal difficulties, the book provides concrete instructions on how to apply the concepts in day-to-day rehearsal and performance. The numerous practical exercises and planning aides allow directors to maximize both time and talent to elicit the highest potential from their singers. While grounded in the most up-to-date research in voice science, the discussion of vocal anatomy and function is accessible to readers with no previous knowledge of voice science. Going beyond other vocal and choral guidebooks, the authors also apply the most current theories in leadership principles and group dynamics to choral settings, helping directors translate their natural musicality and charisma into inspiring and motivational leadership.
A comprehensive and unique blend of practical expertise, voice science, and leadership psychology, Prescriptions for Choral Excellence is an invaluable guide for all choral directors seeking to create memorable and remarkable performances.
To order: Episcopal Books and Resources, online at http://www.episcopalbookstore.org or call 800-903-5544.
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