Choral Elevation Program

Northside Independent School District

San Antonio, Texas

2024 Spring Semester

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For complete CHORAL ELEVATION PROGRAM information (schedule, pricing, details) please download the Program Information document. For any questions or concerns the Program Information does not cover, feel free to contact Randy Edwards directly at [email protected] or (210) 488-4849 (voice or text).

The CHORAL ELEVATION PROGRAM is an innovative series of workshops, clinics, master classes, section rehearsals, and combined choir rehearsals designed to elevate the students’ choral and vocal ensemble literacy, proficiency, confidence, and sensitivity.

Special attention will be dedicated to the following components of choral music-making:

For the students

  • Sight-reading
  • Ear training
  • Developing beautiful tone for choral singing
  • Unified vowels
  • Blend/balance
  • Note and rhythmic accuracy
  • Tuning
  • Rehearsal etiquette
  • Concentration upon the task
  • Motivation towards excellence in all things
  • General musical/choral literacy
  • Musical/choral terminology
  • Response to conducting gesture
  • Memorization skills
  • Emotional boost seeing/hearing that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves
  • Performance decorum
  • And more …

For the observing director

  • rehearsal strategies and planning
  • rehearsal pacing and energy
  • engaging students on a fuller level
  • approaches to make the best use of your rehearsal time
  • organizational modeling
  • conducting tips
  • dozens of tried and true techniques for reaching choral goals
  • And more …

Clinics, rehearsals, workshops and masterclasses are offer throughout the spring semester beginning March 2 through May 4. Sessions are offered “a la carte,” meaning that directors may choose one, some, or all of the sessions which would benefit their students.

Artist clinicians include:

Jo Scurlock Dillard

Legendary Texas high school choral director, teacher, and clinician, Artistic Director of Alegria

David Portillo

Internationally acclaimed Metropolitan Opera Tenor, recital artist, teacher, graduate of Holmes High School

Dr. Yoojin Muhn

Director of Choral Activities, UTSA and Artistic Director of Mastersingers

Dr. Daniel Zamora

Keyboard Artist in Residence, YouthCUE, widely esteemed as superior collaborative pianist and organist

Celeste Morales

Nationally and internationally acclaimed Soprano, master class teacher, performer, graduate of Taft High School

Jacob Valadez

Tenor Soloist, Choral Director, Marshall High School

Randy Edwards

Founder & Artistic Director, YouthCUE

Register Today

Once you have downloaded and studied the Program Information, you may register online using the link below. Remember, you do not have to participate in the whole program to benefit from a portion of it. You may register for a la carte program offerings which would best benefit your students.