Affiliation: University of North Alabama
Presentation: Interest Session
Title: Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle: resources and ideas for pronunciation, comprehension, and memorization of sung texts
Abstract: Singers sing words—the only “instrument” that does. Text is not ADDED to our music: the text IS the music! The participant will discover resources and ideas to make texted music real, relevant, and powerful to singers and their audiences. Strategies for instruction of diction, comprehension, and memorization of the major singing languages will be covered, with representative works and resources provided.
Ian Loeppky has been Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of North Alabama since the fall of 2003; here, he directs UNA’s two elite choral ensembles and teaches choral conducting, choral techniques, graduate choral literature, and world music. His compositions have been published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and UNC Jazz Press. He is the founder of the Florence Camerata, Associate Artistic Director of the Huntsville Community Chorus Association, Artistic Director of KIConcerts annual Voices United international festival, and is a frequent contributor to the ACDA Choral Journal and Anacrusis. Under his direction, the UNA Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble sing at least every other year at local and regional concerts, festivals, and conferences.