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Tom Carter

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Tom Carter

My name is Tom Carter, and for the past 25 years I've been helping actors and singers create engaging experiences for themselves and their audiences. Lately, I've been doing this type of work with choirs, and the results have been extremely rewarding. When singers connect deeply and specifically to text and music, their faces and bodies are dynamically expressive, their singing is vibrant and nuanced, and -- most significantly -- their connection draws the audience into the heart and soul of the music. This is exciting stuff! In fact, Choral Coaching has become so fulfilling that I retired as Drama teacher and head of a private school's Performing Arts department so that I could work with more choirs and write a book on this subject. The second edition of Choral CHARISMA: Singing with Expression is now available. Since "playing with expression" is a very similar process (witness Gustavo Dudamel & the Los Angeles Philharmonic), I have begun to work with instrumentalists as well. It's an equally rewarding experience.

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Tom Carter : Choral Charisma : 01 Book : Tom Carter :  : 964807005722 : SBMP572

Tom Carter : Choral Charisma

Review: According to one reviewer, Choral Charisma tackles an issue that is "without question, one of the biggest problems facing choral music today -- lack of connection to the music and to the audience." Other reviewers have described the book as "really outstanding," "truly wonderful," "recommended unequivocally," and suggested that "every choir director should read it." This is the first and only book of its kind. What has historically been a somewhat mysterious and misunderstood process becomes clear, concise, and easy to follow as the author adapts state-of-the-art acting techniques to choral singing. Written for choir directors, singers, voice teachers, and even stage directors, this book presents fresh techniques to help singers be more facially, physically, and vocally expressive. Using the principles fleshed out in the book, singers will be able to affect audiences more powerfully and poignantly -- and sing "better than we've ever sung before." One director summed up the results this way: "My group just became the choir I've always wanted to direct."

Songlist: Safety First, Emotional Vulnerability, Truth, Tone, & Technique, Analyze the Text, Plot & Character, Words & Pictures, The Singer Acts, Personal Matters, That's Nonsense, When the Music Changes, Exercises

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