In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Christine Bass has been at Cherry Hill High School West in Cherry Hill, New Jersey for twenty years. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees from Westminster Choir College where she studied conducting under Robert Simpson, Elaine Brown, Andrew Megill, and Joseph Flummerfelt. She has served as guest conductor and clinician presenting workshops for NJEA, NJMEA, ACDA, and WCC. She conducted the 1996 All South Jersey and the 2002 New Jersey All State Choruses. She has served on the NJACDA board as the R&S Chair for Male Choirs. She is currently working on a vocal technique DVD, 'Vocal Transformation' to be distributed by Hal Leonard this March.
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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