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Dr. Brenda Smith

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Dr Brenda Smith teaches studio voice, diction and vocal pedagogy. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to the concept of lifelong singing through proper voice care. Dr. Smith is a lyric soprano with special interests in the recital and concert repertoire. In addition, Dr Smith was translator, collaborator and assistant to Dr Wilhelm Ehmann and Dr Frauke Haasemann, the pedagogues whose work in Germany and the United States developed the concept of voice building for choirs. She is the translator of the book Voice Building for Choirs by Wilhelm Ehmann and Frauke Haasemann (Chapel Hill, NC: Hinshaw Music, Inc.; 1980).

Dr Smith works regularly as consultant, clinician, and conductor with amateur and professional choirs throughout the world. She has been associated with the choirs of St. Ignatius Loyola, the Central City Chorus, and the Dessoff Choirs in New York City, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Cathedral Choral Society of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., as well as the choirs of the Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, Fla.

Because of her interest in public and private music education, Dr Smith has been the Two-College Choir Interest Chair for the Southern Division of the American Choral Directors Association and the Florida Repertoire and Standards Chair for Youth and Student Activities. She is a frequent adjudicator and clinician for the Music Performance Assessment Festivals of the Florida Vocal Association.

Dr Smith collaborates regularly with Dr Robert Thayer Sataloff, implementing projects to promote vocal health through the choral experience. A frequent presenter at the International Symposium on the Care of the Professional Voice, sponsored by the Voice Foundation, Dr. Smith is the author with Dr. Sataloff of the textbook, Choral Pedagogy, now in its second edition, published by Plural Publishing Co.(San Diego, CA, 2006). The book is the only text exclusively devoted to the relationship between vocal pedagogy, choral conducting, and voice science.

Additionally, Dr. Smith is the author of Cantare et Sonare: A Handbook of Choral Performance Practice published by Hinshaw Music, Inc (Chapel Hill, NC: 2006). She has presented at the national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, regional meetings of the American Guild of Organists and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Dr. Smith has published articles on matters of choral and vocal pedagogy in the numerous journals and textbooks.

As Coordinator of Musical Activities at the German School of Middlebury College in Vermont for 14 years, Dr Smith founded and directed the "German for Singers" program, a curriculum combining culture and language study with vocal performance. Annually, Dr Smith presents workshops at colleges and universities throughout the United States, Germany, and Switzerland.

In June 2000, Dr. Smith was honored by the Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing as the recipient of the Van Lawrence Award in recognition of her demonstrated excellence in teaching of singing and her active interest in voice science and pedagogy. As the Van Lawrence winner, she traveled to the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden in 2001 to pursue topics in the acoustics of the voice with Dr. Johan Sundberg.

Dr. Smith earned a B.M. degree at the University of Evansville with further study at the Hochschule fur Kirchenmusik der Evangelischen Kirche-Herford and the Hochschule fur Musik und darstellende Kunst/Hamburg in Germany. She holds the M.M. degree in voice performance from Westminster Choir College, Princeton NJ and a D.M.A. degree in vocal pedagogy and performance from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Before joining the faculty of the School of Music at University of Florida, Dr Smith taught at Westminster Choir College, Dickinson College, Rowan University and Manatee Community College.

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Dr. Brenda Smith : Choral Pedagogy : 01 Book : Brenda Smith :  : 159756043x

Dr. Brenda Smith : Choral Pedagogy

Review: With new chapters, fully updated and revised, Choral Pedagogy is intended to aid the voice teacher, choral conductor, church musician, and professional or amateur singer develop strategies for lifelong singing. It concisely and clearly presents the principles of voice pedagogy from the perspective of both conducting and voice science in a very user-friendly fashion with helpful charts and simple anatomic diagrams. It offers teaching methods from history and philosophy, medical and voice science, and pedagogical concepts from active musical experts. Special attention is given to the needs of amateur singers and conductors. Topics covered include choral diction, posture and seating, rehearsal practices, and matters of vocal health. This text is a valuable resource for students of choral conducting, music education, church music or choral singing. Brenda Smith, D.M.A. teaches studio voice, diction and vocal pedagogy at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has been widely recognized for her contributions to the concept of lifelong singing through proper voice care.

Songlist: Preface, Amateur and Professional Choral Singers, The Rehearsal Process, Introduction, Vocal Health and Pedagogy, The Vocal Approach to Choral Music, Anatomy and Physiology of the Voice, Medical Care of Voice Disorders, Performing Arts Medicine and the Professional Voice User, Seating Problems of Vocalists, Historical Overview of Vocal Pedagogy, Voice Building for Choirs, The Singing Voice and the Choral Tone, Choral Singing Techniques, Choral Diction, Rehearsal Techniques, Children's Choirs

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