Singing in the Heart of America: A Choral Workshop
Revel in a week of music with fellow Road Scholars and a professional conductor as you rehearse, improve your vocal technique and put on two concerts.
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Program No. 20749RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Spend a music-filled week with a gifted choral educator and conductor. This choral workshop will have you singing and enjoying music from America and around the world. Special presentations will provide insights about various composers and their contributions to choral music. From numerous selections presented throughout the week, we will choose our finest works to be performed in a concert for the public. Broaden your musical knowledge, join other choral singers from across the country and take your enjoyment of singing to a new level.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Rehearsals will be at the hotel so walking to an off-site location will not be needed in 2017. Standing and sitting during rehearsals and standing at concert performances up to an hour at each one.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Rehearse at the hotel up to 6 hours per day (with breaks) as the music director helps you to polish your vocal technique and performance.
  • Perform an afternoon concert at an active retirement community and an evening concert at a church, and participate in the “Musical Talent Revue.”
  • Attend an evening program at Lincoln’s Tomb, experiencing the Flag Lowering Ceremony by the 114th Volunteer Infantry and visit the monument.

General Notes

Ability to read music helpful but not required. Concert attire: khaki pants and solid color tops. Please join us in Central Illinois as we celebrate "Three B's on the Prairie," exploring the music of the Three B's; Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. We'll sing some of Bach's beautiful choral works, including "Break Forth, Oh Beauteous Heavenly Light." Although best known for his piano and orchestral works, Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" from his 9th Symphony is an enjoyable work for singers. We won't be singing with a symphony, but we will do a 4-part version of "Ode to Joy," which should be exciting for us all. We'll also broaden our German skills by singing a couple of Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzes" and "Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes." Our program will include both sacred and secular works. Due to the nature of this program, assisted-listening devices are not provided.
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Thomas Trimborn
For Thomas Trimborn, art, history and music have inspired him throughout his career. An expert on Abraham Lincoln, Thomas is the author of “Encounters with Lincoln: Images and Words,” as well numerous articles on Lincoln and music. He has been a band director on high school and college levels, and has written articles on John Philip Sousa, the music of the Civil War and more. In 2006, Thomas was an Inductee to the Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.
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