Michael Kemp

#048: Improving Choral Rehearsals (with Michael Kemp)

Michael Kemp

Michael Kemp

Some of the most common resolutions set by musicians have to do with rehearing: we resolve to rehearse more, to rehearse better, to develop better habits, and so forth. As directors and leaders of music ensembles, we have the added need to improve our rehearsal design, the skills of our ensemble members, and their rehearsal technique.

Today, we’ll hear a special workshop presentation from Michael Kemp. Offered at the 2018 NPM convention in Baltimore, Michael presented a workshop titled “Igniting Choral Rehearsals with Efficiency, Artistry, and Motivation.” In this session, participants learned how to prepare rehearsals in such a way as to inspire singers and increase the beauty of their sound. Participants also examined sample anthems with annotations that helped show how to attain dynamic improvements in their choirs, creating an intriguing experience for choir members, and a tremendous boost to skill-building. 


To find out more about Michael Kemp’s compositions and publications, visit his composer page at GIA Publications and his personal website, www.michaelkemp.org.

The music you heard in today’s episode: “The Summons” (Bell), and “I Send You Out” (Angotti).

Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode. While you are there, check out the program and register for the 2019 NPM National Convention!

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