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CHOIR ALBERTA WORKSHOPS


WORKSHOP SERIES WITH FRED SJÖBERG

CONDUCTING MASTERCLASS
SUNDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2016, 10:00 a.m. | BANFF CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CREATIVITY

Held in conjunction with Music Conference Alberta, this unique conducting masterclass opportunity is intended for graduate students and conductors with at least one year of experience. Under the guidance of internationally renowned conductor Fred Sjöberg, participants will receive approximately 30 minutes on the Podium. The Alberta Youth Choir will serve as the lab choir for the masterclass; repertoire will be selected from the AYC 2016 folder.

Four participants have been selected for the masterclass. Congratulations to Joel Forth (Edmonton), Kimberley McMann (Edmonton), Regan Brooks (Lethbridge), and Krishan Power (Calgary)!

HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR WORKSHOP
MONDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2016, CALGARY

Fred Sjöberg is recognized worldwide as a leading conductor of youth choirs, and has conducted such prominent youth choirs as the World Youth Choir, the World Chamber Choir, and European Youth Choir. These 2-hour workshops for high school choirs present an opportunity for choristers and their teachers to learn first hand from Mr. Sjöberg as he explores the essentials of excellent choral singing. Fred says, "We will do healthy and fun vocal exercises, sing some repertoire (both easy and some a bit more difficult), and do some vocal experiments." All musical styles will be incorporated into the workshop. Central to Mr. Sjöberg's work is the premise that everyone should enjoy singing and making music together with others. The overarching workshop goal is to further develop the instrument that we're a part of -- CHOIR!

WORKSHOP 1 — MON, OCT 24, 9:00-11:00 a.m., William Aberhart High School
WORKSHOP 2 — MON, OCT 24, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Central Memorial High School

Note that multiple choirs will take part in each repertoire. Workshop repertoire need not be prepared in advance, although if conductors have time to sing through them in a rehearsal prior to the workshop it would be appreciated. Scores will be provided upon submission of the registration form.

REGISTER A CHOIR

Space is limited, so be sure to register soon!

Thanks to the generous support of CADME, Calgary high school choral workshops are presented free of charge!

NON-AUDITIONED COMMUNITY CHOIR WORKSHOP: SINGING 101
TUESDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2016, 7:30-9:00 p.m., McDOUGALL UNITED CHURCH, EDMONTON

This workshop is for everyone who loves to sing, is new-ish to the world of choir, and is currently a member of a non-auditioned group. Fred will address the fundamentals of singing, including using the whole body, managing the breath and vocal support mechanism, strategies to focus the tone, approaches to warming up the voice. Fred says, "The main theme in all my work with choirs is to enjoy singing and have fun in making music together with others. Music brings people together in the best way, beginners and pros, young and old. In this workshop you will explore your voice, what it can do, and what you can achieve. We will do healthy and fun vocal exercises, sing some music in a variety of styles, and do some vocal experiments." All with the overarching goal of develping the instrument of which we're a part -- CHOIR!

Non-auditioned choris from in and around Edmonton have been invited to this workshop, but you're also welcome to come as an individual.

REGISTER FOR THE SINGING 101 WORKSHOP

WHO IS FRED SJÖBERG?

Fred Sjöberg, born 1953, is an educated singer and choral conductor at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and Örebro. Among others he has studied with Prof. Solwig Grippe, Prof. Eric Ericson and Prof. Helmuth Rilling. He has been the first conductor to conduct the three major international youth choirs as World Youth Choir (1991 and 2005), World Chamber Choir (1993) and European Youth Choir (1999). He has been the principal conductor for the French National Youth Choir and invited guest conductor for Japan National Youth Choir.

When the Swedish organization for young choirs “UngiKör” started he was elected as their first president. In 2000 he was appointed as the “Conductor of the Year” in Sweden by SCDA (Swedish Choral Directors Association) appointed with the Johannes Norrby Medallion 2001 for outstanding and service and development to the Swedish Choral Life.

From 1997 to 2004 he was the Music Director and conductor of the biggest sponsor project ever for the Swedish Choral life in Sweden called “Notes for Millions”.

From 2000 to 2004 he was also Music Director of the Swedish Choral Centre as well as Artistic Director for Lund International Choral Festival from 2005 to 2006. Since 2009 he is Music Director of Swedish International Choral Centre in Örebro. Fred Sjöberg has been Vice President of Europa Cantat as well as President of the Music Commission of Europa Cantat and has also been Vice President of IFCM. He is Council Member of INTERKULTUR and also on the Artistic Directorium of INTERKULTUR.

From 2015 he is General Artistic Director of INTERKULTUR.