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Choral conductor Peter Schindler will return this year to lead St. Patrick’s fourth annual Festival Choral Workshop, July 11-14.
This year’s workshop will focus on W.A. Mozart’s “Missa Brevis in D minor, K65.” Violinists Heidi Tanner and Skip Thomas will be on hand to offer accompaniment for the work.
Peter Schindler is a favorite among those who have sung with the festival chorus over the past years. His wit and nonthreatening approach to vocal production allows even the least experienced singers the opportunity to grow and learn at their own pace. In addition to being an accomplished musician, Schindler also is a professional life coach who combines his music with an overall approach to living a more spirit-filled, less stressful life.
“Peter Schindler, besides being an amazing human being, has influenced and changed my life as a vocalist with every meeting and with every conversation. He is a walking book of music and insight and is filled with knowledge regarding the workings of the voice. To top it off, he brings heart to all that he does,” said Robin Hackett, Grammy-nominated songwriter, performer and vocal instructor.
The workshop is open to all who wish to improve their vocal skills and enjoy singing beautiful music with others who share their passion. Singers no doubt will go away with new vocal techniques and skills and will be enriched by Schindler’s spiritual approach to singing.
The workshop will begin on Thursday evening, July 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., with a vocal master class. The class will allow up to six soloists to perform in front of the class with Schindler offering each singer individual instruction. The class will be allowed to listen and benefit from the lessons. Soloists who wish to participate should contact Sally Neel at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 731-5801, to sign up. Please provide music in advance. The cost for this class is $10.
On Friday morning, July 12, at 10 a.m., Schindler will offer an opening lecture titled, “Music: Mind, Breath, and Spirit.” He will share his wisdom regarding the importance of the connection between the human voice and the human spirit and will lead us in ways to accomplish this goal.
Rehearsals for the performance will begin July 12: 1:30-3 p.m., women’s sectional rehearsal; 4-5:30 p.m., men’s sectional rehearsal; 6:30-8:30 p.m. group rehearsal.
On Saturday, July 13, the choir will meet at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and social time and begin rehearsing at 9. There will be a lunch break from noon to 1:30 p.m. and rehearsal will continue until 5:30, with breaks throughout the day.
On Sunday, July 14, the choir will gather at 2:30 p.m. for a rehearsal and perform at 5 for the Sunday Night Unplugged service.
The suggested donation for the entire weekend is $50 (includes music, master class, lecture and choral workshop); $40 for Friday-Sunday only (includes music, lecture, rehearsals and performance); $10 for master class only. Note that these are suggested donations. No one will be turned away for inability to pay the full amount.
For more information, or to sign up for the workshop, contact Sally Neel at email@example.com, or call her at 946-6458.