Keep Our Choirs Singing presents

Start over. Know more. Do Better.

Friday–Saturday, August 27–28

9a–3p PDT

Mountain View Lutheran Church
(Edgewood, WA)

A two-day workshop with Geoffrey Boers to retool for Choir after the COVID19 pandemic. WA CLOCK HOURS AVAILABLE

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”  Maya Angelou - POET, DANCER, PRODUCER, PLAYWRIGHT, DIRECTOR, AUTHOR

A greater focus in teaching artistry, musicianship, and literacy.

This past year of teaching through the pandemic has been a challenge for all of us. Choral teachers had to transition from leading a choir towards a performance... to leading a choir we could not hear SINGING TOGETHER. What was left to teach could only be taught with individuals in mind.

 

This workshop will uncover the silver lining of this past year and will focus on: 

  • Teaching individual singers vs. teaching the choral ensemble. 

  • Teaching personal artistry vs. group musicality. 

  • Teaching musical literacy of all kinds vs. teaching towards a performance. 

Highlights include: group and individual reflection of past challenges and future hopes; teaching vocal technique which leads to diversity of sound; rehearsal method which promotes greater inclusivity, access, student centered learning, and equity.

 

Choral literacy and skills will be explored as a resource to help singers grow in all aspects regardless of ability. Teachers will be better equipped to assess where their students are, what they need, and next steps for growth.

  • Thank you for modeling for us exactly what we need to do with our students to support them and sustain them this coming year in such a difficult time. – participant
     

  • (It was) an atmosphere of safety, and acceptance, allowing us to explore with newfound courage. You helped us connect to one another and delight in each singer's discoveries, modeling a path forward for us with our own ensembles. – participant
     

  • We worked together for hours per day and the workshop community barely noticed that we were online.  How strange it felt to feel normal again! – participant
     

  • I feel so inspired after the tumultuous year I've had; I am surprisingly excited about planning for the fall. Thank you!! – participant
     

  • Thank you for a magical time. To be honest, at this point in my life I no longer want to spend time in conferences with people who are more interested in promoting themselves than they are about connecting with their attendees. The love with which you approached us all and the humility with which you offered your ideas drew me in immediately. – participant
     

  • Thank you for meeting each of us where we are, and for challenging us to be there for our students. – participant