“If you articulate well, you will sing well.” The IPA provides a common method both for directors to communicate intended sounds to their choir, and for choir members to notate those sounds for later recall. This course will arm you with the necessary tools to use the IPA with your choirs. Different methods of teaching IPA symbols to choral students will be explored, and the impact this knowledge will have on both the individual singers and on the ensemble as a whole will be discussed. By teaching the IPA to your choral students, you too can consistently access the power of precise pronunciation, and elevate the quality of your choirs to the next level.

Instructor: Matthew Schlesinger

Schlesinger,_Matther_Headshot_Fa14Matthew Schlesinger holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education from Western Illinois University, and a Masters Degree from Vandercook College of Music. He is proud to be the Choral Director at Hoffman Estates High School, and is formerly the Choral Director at Plainfield High School, Central Campus. Matthew also continues to perform around the Chicago area with groups such as the Chicago Symphony Chorus (where he has served AGMA union delegate, and has had the opportunity to solo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet and to cover the role of Cassio in Verdi's Otello), the Oriana Singers, Opera Potpourri and the Grant Park Symphony Chorus. A review by John von Rhein in the Chicago Tribune states that “Matthew Schlesinger wielded the ideal Monteverdi tenor: light, clear, technically solid and musically accomplished.” Even with all of these experiences, his greatest joy in life is spending time with his wife Melissa and two daughters.


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