Jennifer Kerr Budziak’s 2019 Fall Institute Events
Thursday, October 17
Gathering Gifts: Building a Program
Breakout 1 (9:00 AM – 10:15 AM) | Gratz 4G
Sometimes directing the choir or playing the piano or organ is the easy part of the job—but it often feels as though we need a degree in arts management just to run a church music program! This workshop will address practical aspects of program administration, such as recruiting, cantor training and formation, wedding and funeral music planning, and building sustainable programs for children and teens. We will also look at some of the challenges we are often faced with, such as managing conflict within your programs, clergy/musician relationships, and a healthy process for transitioning into or out of a parish. Bring your questions, and we will look for answers together!
Friday, October 18
Teaching Sight-Singing in 7 Minutes a Day
Breakout 6 (2:45 PM – 4:00 PM) | Gratz 4E
It is the perpetual dilemma: our choirs’ difficulty with sight-reading slows down our learning and rehearsal process every year…but we have so much music to learn that we simply don’t have time to slow down and teach our choirs to read music. But what if we could include an ongoing process for teaching music-reading as part of our weekly warm-up time, and reinforce that learning during the remainder of rehearsal? In this workshop we will explore solid strategies for helping our singers overcome their anxiety around music theory and learn to read (and improve their ears and intonation in the process!), without reducing our rehearsal time.