"Teaching Singers to Perform African Choral Repertoire: Familiar Techniques Towards Amazing Results"
The session will help participants to develop new skills in teaching unfamiliar African choral repertoire. Particular emphasis will be focused on dealing with effective pronunciation, planning effective rehearsals, incorporating simple percussion accompaniment, choreography, performance and cultural practices, audience interaction, and other performance practices usually inherent in performing new cross-cultural music. The session will offer participants a unique opportunity to learn from one of the world’s most sought authorities on African choral music, Dr. Fred Onovwerosuoke(www.fredomusic.com). Participants will become proficient in the skills needed to approach an exciting mode of artistic and cultural expression within the ever evolving American musical landscape. Familiar methodologies, such as anglicized equivalents of IPA conventions, rudimentary choreography, drama, percussion techniques, etc., will be used to elucidate new ideas. In over two decades teaching, performing and conducting workshops on African choral music around the globe, one evident outcome is the fact that African music always tend to attract appreciation from a variety of audiences, regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. The session will be an exciting opportunity to expand one’s artistic horizon, approach newer musical styles with confidence, and will offer a friendly platform for intercultural dialogue, inter-community understanding, and cross-cultural appreciation in America.