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The Importance of Score Study

Greetings, all.
I asked a former student of mine to do a short video for my Choral Conducting class on the importance of score study.  She really delivered on the request and came up with this video.  I wasn't expecting to be inspired, but I was.  I hope that you will enjoy this as much as I did:

Sharon Mays is a graduate student working on the MMus in Choral Studies at Selwyn College, Cambridge University, where she sings with Selwyn College Chapel Choir and the Cambridge University Chamber Choir. In Cambridge, she conducts the Wilmington Consort and is a Volunteer Teacher with King’s Junior Voices. She earned a BM in Sacred Music at Samford University (Birmingham, AL), where she sang in the A Cappella Choir with Philip Copeland, directed the women’s chorus of Delta Omicron, and was president of the university’s chapter of ACDA. In Birmingham, Sharon worked at Cathedral Church of the Advent (Episcopal) with Frederick Teardo.

on February 25, 2016 3:20am
Thanks for sharing this.  It is wonderful advice for all of us.
on February 25, 2016 12:06pm
Phillip, you must be a fine teacher to have produced such a prize as Sharon Mays
One could look forward to hearing her prepared and conducted product.
You must be busy at Stamford.
Ed Palmer
on February 25, 2016 12:24pm
Oh, I wish that I could take the credit for Sharon.  However, she brought too much talent to Samford for me to take credit for her intellect and capacity for excellence.
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on February 26, 2016 4:40am
This is all very wise. If a conductor is this well-prepared, I am happy to go along with interpretations I may disagree with personally because she or he is projecting a cohesive vision.
And you can get through a piece without you or your choir being aware of the structural stuff, but knowing it and projecting it can take a performance to the next level.
on February 26, 2016 5:40pm
Who is the author of the article "The Magical Eye" mentioned in this video?  Thanks!
Hugh McDevitt
on March 2, 2016 3:44pm
“Score Study: A Magical Eye for Musical Blueprints,” by John Dickson. March 1999, page 9. 
on February 27, 2016 10:20am
Great video.  What is the citation she references?  "The Magical Eye?"
on March 2, 2016 3:44pm
“Score Study: A Magical Eye for Musical Blueprints,” by John Dickson. March 1999, page 9.