This workshop is for everyone who loves to sing. From choristers who may be ’new-ish’ to the world of choir and may be a member of a non-auditioned group to experienced choristers who may find a few ‘gems’ to take away, everyone will be part of the fabulous experience of singing with a large vocal ensemble and working on new concepts, perspectives and music together. Attendance is limited to the first 200 people.
Fred will address the fundamentals of singing, including using the whole body, managing the breath and vocal support mechanism, strategies to focus the tone, approaches to warming up the voice. Fred says, "The main theme in all my work with choirs is to enjoy singing and have fun in making music together with others. Music brings people together in the best way, beginners and pros, young and old.
In this workshop you will explore your voice, what it can do, and what you can achieve. We will do healthy and fun vocal exercises, sing some music in a variety of styles, and do some vocal experiments." All with the overarching goal of develping the instrument of which we're a part -- A CHOIR!
Non-auditioned choris from in and around Saskatoon and Regina have been invited to this workshop, but you're also welcome to come as an individual.
TO REGISTER: E-mail Denise
Fred Sjöberg is recognized worldwide as a leading conductor of youth choirs, and has conducted such prominent youth choirs as the World Youth Choir, the World Chamber Choir, and European Youth Choir.
These workshops for high school choirs present an opportunity for choristers and their teachers to learn first hand from Mr. Sjöberg as he explores the essentials of excellent choral singing. Fred says, "We will do healthy and fun vocal exercises, sing some repertoire (both easy and some a bit more difficult), and do some vocal experiments." All musical styles will be incorporated into the workshop.
Central to Mr. Sjöberg's work is the premise that everyone should enjoy singing and making music together with others. The overarching workshop goal is to further develop the instrument that we're a part of -- A CHOIR!
Note that multiple choirs will take part in each workshop. Workshop repertoire need not be prepared in advance, although if conductors have time to sing through in a rehearsal prior to the workshop it would be appreciated.
Scores will be provided upon submission of the registration form.
TO REGISTER: E-mail Denise
|WHO IS FRED SJÖBERG?
Fred Sjöberg is an educated singer and choral conductor at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and Örebro. Among others he has studied with Prof. Solwig Grippe, Prof. Eric Ericson and Prof. Helmuth Rilling. He has been the first conductor to conduct the three major international youth choirs as World Youth Choir (1991 and 2005), World Chamber Choir (1993) and European Youth Choir (1999). He has been the principal conductor for the French National Youth Choir and invited guest conductor for Japan National Youth Choir.
When the Swedish organization for young choirs “UngiKör” started he was elected as their first president. In 2000 he was appointed as the “Conductor of the Year” in Sweden by SCDA (Swedish Choral Directors Association) appointed with the Johannes Norrby Medallion 2001 for outstanding and service and development to the Swedish Choral Life.
From 1997 to 2004 he was the Music Director and conductor of the biggest sponsor project ever for the Swedish Choral life in Sweden called “Notes for Millions”.
From 2000 to 2004 he was also Music Director of the Swedish Choral Centre as well as Artistic Director for Lund International Choral Festival from 2005 to 2006. Since 2009 he is Music Director of Swedish International Choral Centre in Örebro. Fred Sjöberg has been Vice President of Europa Cantat as well as President of the Music Commission of Europa Cantat and has also been Vice President of IFCM. He is Council Member of INTERKULTUR and also on the Artistic Directorium of INTERKULTUR.
From 2015 he is General Artistic Director of INTERKULTUR.