|BCCF Choral Voices – September/October 2015
A Message From Choral Canada
Hello BCCF Members,
With the election officially called, our Choral Canada letter-writing campaign officially launches!
Choral Canada’s Advocacy Committee asks choral music enthusiasts to contact their local politicians and candidates running in the election. In doing so, we hope to encourage our politicians to support Canadian choral music. Most politicians probably don’t realize just how many of their constituents sing in a choir of some kind and rely on arts funding! Nor do they realize how much choral music contributes to communities and local economies. This letter-writing campaign hopes to highlight some of these benefits.
We’ve provided two letters – one in English, and one professionally translated in French. They are intended to offer some inspiration, a framework and some talking points to make the letter-writing process easy, yet personalized and meaningful. You will notice that we are not asking writers to choose sides in this election, nor endorsing any particular party, but rather highlighting choral music in Canada so politicians are informed about what matters to choral music advocates.
Please help by writing a letter to your local candidates. The editable templates are intended to be shared widely, so please feel invited and encouraged to share with your organizations, boards, your local conducting workshop attendees, your students, colleagues and singers and more.
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ChoralCanada(English) or #CanadaChoral (French). Inspire others by posting your letters or messages to the BCCF or the Canadian Choral Advocacy Network pages on Facebook. Thank you!
Click here to find the Choral Canada letters. Let your voice be heard!
On Twitter: Positive thoughts about our Choral Directorship Course! Congratulations to all who participated!
And along the way, we’re helping our community spread the word about musical events in the province, including BC Kodaly workshops.
BCCF WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
Interested in hosting an event? Have an idea for our next great BCCF workshop? Our most successful workshops come from identifying a need within a community. We are grateful to our board members and others who have been generating activities and volunteering! To tell us about your idea for a future choral workshop, Contact Brigid Coult at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The choral concerts posted for September and October are as follows:
Monday, September 7 – 7:00pm
Friday, September 18th – 7:30pm AND Sunday, September 20th – 7:30pm
Saturday, September 19th – 7:00pm
Saturday, September 19th – 7:30pm
Looking to promote your upcoming concert? Our Concert Calendar lists choral concerts taking place across BC, and is a benefit open to all BCCF member choirs. Upload your choir’s concerts to the Calendar at www.bcchoralfed.com/concerts.
The online Choral Calendar deadline for the next issue is September 28, 2015. Submissions after that will appear in the online Calendar, but not in this email newsletter.
Improving Vocal Technique
As thoughts turn toward fall rehearsals, we also think about vocal technique. How can we keep our voices healthy? How can we sing without unnecessary vocal fatigue? Can we learn to blend well together? There are many ways to improve your skills (including BCCF’s September workshops in Vancouver and Prince George!), but these two articles really struck a chord with our readers this month.
Vocal Hygiene – Timothy Wayne-Wright of the King’s Singers offers some essential advice on taking care of your vocal instrument. He compares the singer to an athlete needing rest, hydration, and training. This makes complete sense given the intense touring schedule of the King’s Singers!
How blowing into a straw can save your voice – Have you ever used “the straw technique” to reset a tired voice? This article includes a couple of videos that show the way, with endorsement from the Mayo Clinic and the National Centre for Voice and Speech at the University of Utah.
Happy singing this fall!
If you find an important article or video that needs to be shared with the choral community, send it to David Archer, Communications Coordinator email@example.com.
This monthly newsletter is written for you, our valued BCCF members and member choirs. We encourage you to share this email with your fellow choir members. To update your choir’s contact information for distribution, please contact us. We are glad to assist you with information, workshops, concert listings, Virtual Library and library database projects, and fundraising with the BCCF Raffle. For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.