Vocal Ensemble

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Vocal Ens - A Sto Cemo

Dear Singers,

You'll find here two versions of A Sto Cemo sung by Moira Smiley and VOCO. The YouTube link takes you to a live performance that is a much freer interpretation of the song than what we're used to. The voicings of who sings when may also be different. It's worth watching and listening for Moira Smiley's artistry. They tack on a very upbeat closer that is not usually a part of the song, but it's pretty fun.


And below is the file you are used to listening to. If you don't see it, click first on the title of this post and then you'll see it.


Ms. D

Music Training May Reduce Anxiety & Focus Attention

Please read this short article on the possible benefits of studying a musical instrument. A new study conducted by psychiatrists at the University of Vermont College of Medicine has found that playing a musical instrument may help children and adolescents overcome anxiety, focus attention and control emotions.


Excerpt that mentions high school students:

Led by Dr James Hudziak, professor of psychiatry and director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families, the study noted that three quarters of US high school students ‘rarely or never’ take extracurricular lessons in music or the arts. ‘Such statistics, when taken in the context of our present neuroimaging results underscore the vital importance of finding new and innovative ways to make music training more widely available to youths, beginning in childhood.’

Vocal Ensemble - Course Description

Vocal Ensemble is both a performance-driven chamber choir focused on the rehearsal and performance of choral and vocal music, and a supportive environment to try new things, experiment with improvisation, and have fun creating music together. The class places emphasis on vocal development, independence in part-singing, stylistic understanding, and performance technique. Time is spent on reinforcing and developing an understanding of musical notation and conducting patterns.