ProMusica Arizona is offering weekly classes on choral singing techniques beginning 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, and instrumental playing techniques beginning 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Participants will receive professional instruction from Patti Graetz, ProMusica Arizona’s artistic director/principal conductor, and Meghan Ruel, ProMusica Arizona’s concertmaster.
Both the choral and instrumental classes will be offered online via private Facebook groups, and the sessions will be recorded so participants can go back to review them later. The choral class will also be open to in-person participation for a limited number of singers. State-mandated social distancing and other COVID-related precautions will be followed. In-person classes will be held at Crosswinds Presbyterian Church in north Phoenix. The $45 registration fee covers all class sessions online or in-person.
Online content is new to ProMusica Arizona and other arts organizations this year as they respond to research indicating peoples’ desire to stay connected to arts and culture during the pandemic.
“With restrictions on gathering for rehearsals and concerts, our members were telling us that they were missing the opportunity to sing and play their instruments,” stated Ms. Graetz. “So, in order to take advantage of this unique time in our lives, we decided to offer practical classes on Monday and Tuesday evenings. By offering classes online, we are able to open them up to anyone interested in participating. In fact, we have musicians as far away as Australia who want to join in.”
The six-week choral class on Monday evenings will be taught by Ms. Graetz and will feature instruction on vocal technique focusing on the actual mechanics of breath, body, and voice; choral technique for singing pure vowels, matching vowels of other singers, intonation, diction, and blend; music note reading and rhythm; and sight-singing and aural skills.
Ms. Ruel will teach the four-week instrumental class Tuesday evenings. The class will focus on strings, but the principal techniques will apply to all instruments. Instruction will begin with a session on scale technique followed by the second session on phrasing, dynamics, and vibrato. The third session will teach participants how to prepare orchestra excerpts focusing on rhythm, intonation, and articulation in preparation for a masterclass in the final session which will feature performances and discussion of excerpts.
To register for the choral and instrumental techniques classes, visit PMAZ.org or call 623-326-5172. Limited in-person registrations for the choral class will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Online participation will require a Facebook profile. Questions can be directed to Patti Graetz at firstname.lastname@example.org for the choral class and Meghan Ruel at email@example.com for the instrumental class.