For Wednesday, April 20:
Find, read, take notes, and annotate two articles by John Dickson in the ACDA Choral Journal (accessible online using your ACDA membership)
1. September 1993: Musical Pride and Textual Prejudice: The Expressivity of Language in Choral Music
2. March 1999: Score Study: A "Magical Eye" for Musical Blueprints
Be ready to discuss in class.
For Friday, April 22:
Find a poem that means something to you. Bring to the class, read it expressively. Tell why this poem touches you.
For Wednesday, April 27: Write a poem about something that is going on in your life right now. Be prepared to read it to the class.
For Friday, April 29 and Monday, May 2: Find and present a piece of choral music that you have analyzed from a musical and textual standpoint.
Sample questions to ponder:
- How does the music support the text - or does it?
- How should your conducting gesture reinforce the textual message from poet and composer?