In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Yarrington has written many articles for major journals relating to church music and especially the changing voice. His published compositions are with Augsburg-Fortress, Choristers Guild, and MorningStar. Books include Training the Youth Choir, Somebody's Got My Robe, and Somebody's Got My Hymnal. A new book, in progress, is entitled: Have We Had This Conversation?
Dr. Yarrington is the faculty representative to the athletic council and an avid basketball fan. He serves on the Admissions Committee as well.
In addition to his work at HBU, Yarrington directs the Chancel Choir of the First Presbyterian Choir. Previous positions in church music have included McFarlin memorial Methodist in Norman, Oklahoma; The First United Methodist Church of Dallas, Texas and Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church of Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Review: Yarrington provides practical advice on how to get started, offers techniques that work to establish a good sound, suggests music suitable for youth, deals with the challenge of changing voices, and more.
Review: Most choral conductors will confess to having uttered the rhetorical, "Have we had this conversation?" more than a few times. But there is a hopeful promise in knowing that we can have new, more effective conversations with our school, church or community choirs that will be aided greatly by the solution-oriented techniques in this practical book by the noted choral conductor, John Yarrington. A must-read for conductors searching for new rehearsal strategies, motivational techniques and personal inspiration, this text includes specific procedures for addressing text considerations, improving conducting gestures, and developing ensemble skills, tonal beauty and musicality. Dr. Yarrington also provides a systematic approach to the preparation and performance of many different works, and music excerpts with recommended score markings accompany specific information about how to study, present, perfect, and perform each piece with appropriate tone, style and expressiveness.
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