In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Christine Bass is a distinguished choral director, guest conductor, and clinician, and the Choral Director for the Women's Choir at Temple University. A teacher for almost three decades, she has presented workshops on vocal technique, recruiting male singers, and differentiated instruction for NJEA, NJMEA and ACDA (American Choral Director's Association) high schools and universities. She was named New Jersey MENC Master Music Teacher and received the Governor's Award in Arts Education. She conducted All South Jersey Chorus, New Jersey All State Chorus and in 2009 Christine was honored to conduct the ACDA All National High School Honors Choir in Oklahoma City, and in 2010 South Carolina All-State Women's Chorus. She has served on the NJACDA Board as the Repertoire & Standards Chair for Male Choirs. Christine has been selected for Who's Who of American Teachers and Who's Who of American Women. She was featured in the September 2007 edition of "Choral Director" magazine. Christine currently has a vocal technique DVD, Vocal Transformation, published by Hal Leonard.
Her top choir, West Singers, performed at the 1999, 2003, and 2005 ACDA National Conventions and the 2001 MENC and 2004 ACDA Eastern Division Conventions. They have sung under the baton of Allen Gilbert, Julius Rudel, Rossen Milanov, with Philadelphia's Singing City Chorus and the Newark Boys Choir. Men of Note, her men's a cappella group, won the Best of High School A Cappella National Championships in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
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Review: From the classroom to the concert stage, experience a high school choir's vocal transformation from beginning to advanced level. Step by step, through daily practice and using proven techniques this experienced educator transforms these young singers' singing into a free, healthy, blended and mature sound. ""Vocal Transformation" is on of the most remarkable teaching tools for conductors that I have ever seen. Christine Bass absolutely understands the progression of teaching vocal technique from beginning to advanced stages, and expertly demonstrates these concepts in a manner not previously done in video. "Vocal Transformation" not only provides information on how to teach concepts of vocal production, color, vowel unification, intonation and such, but actually shows the remarkable improvement of the choirs over time as these concepts are consistently taught. It's a "must have" in your library!- Z. Randall Stroope"
Songlist: Introduction, Untrained versus Trained, Posture, Resonance, Breathing, Opening Exercises, Vocal Anatomy, Support, Vocal Folds, Care and Space, More Support, Breath Control, Vocal Exercise:-, Major Scale, Simple Three Tone Ah, Ee - ee - ah, Core, Up & Over the World, Staccato Bounces, Yoo-ee, Quiet Jaw, Zee-Ping, Lip Trill - Pull Car, Dancing Arms, Pum - pum - pum, Changing owels, Bumble Bee, Exploring Regisers, Entry Level Soprano Lessons, Middle & Advanced Men's Lesson, Return to the Scale, 9th Scale & Contests, Male Falsetto, Range Expansion, Agility & Articulation, Issues with the Scales
Review: Featuring numerous practical ideas and techniques for recruiting, engaging, and retaining those tenors and basses! What brings them in the door? What gets them engaged in great singing and what keeps them singing? Proven ideas from a director who has grown her choirs from 11 young men to 100! "Christine Bass is a remarkable vocal technician and pedagogue who really knows how to nurture the maturing male voice. She is truly a master teacher and role model for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in choral music education. Her passion for both choral excellence and for nurturing young people is a combination that is rare in the profession these days." - Rollo Dillworth
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