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Quick Start Guide to Choral Singing | Matthew Bumbach | Dean Luethi

From rehearsal procedures to reading music, new singers have a lot to learn when they join a choir. This practical and compact guide, written by experienced choral conductors Matthew Bumbach and Dean Luethi, covers all the basics, including:

  • An overview of common rehearsal equipment
  • How to read pitches, rhythms, and expressive markings
  • How to mark the score
  • Proper body alignment and breathing technique
  • Good vowel production
  • What to expect in rehearsals and concerts
  • How to audition for choirs and solos

With simple language and bite-sized chapters, this guide is perfect for novice choristers in many settings—from middle and high school choirs to community and church ensembles. Keep this resource in your singers’ choral folders to jumpstart their understanding of key concepts and the choral process.

Matthew Bumbach is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. He is a sought-after conductor, composer, adjudicator, and clinician who has lectured and conducted throughout the United States.

Dean Luethi is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor at Washington State University. He has presented research, workshops, and conducted choirs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

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