Juneberry at Upper Valley Music Center

Artistic Director: Patricia Norton

In addition to a community chorus, the Juneberry@UVMC choral program offers Choral Skills classes open to members of any Upper Valley choral group or other singers, and a Vocal Exploration class for anyone curious about discovering their singing voice. More information, including costs and scheduling, can be found at either www.uvmusic.org or www.juneberrymusic.com. Email: info@uvmusic.org.

Vocal Exploration — Do you want to sing? Not sure if you can? Were you ever told to stand in the back and “just mouth the words”?  Know how to sing but need a refresher? Singing from a variety of traditions, students learn to match pitch, follow written music, and use healthy vocal  technique.  A bit of music history and theory gets thrown in as a bonus. Students will develop the skills they need to join the community chorus. Students may choose either a mini-course of 8 weeks, or the full term of 16 weeks at a lower per-week price. Offered Friday afternoons, 4:30-6:00, in Thetford or Saturday mornings, 10:00-11:30, in Lebanon.

Fall term — Vocal Range & Extension
Working toward singing with the whole body rather than just the throat, we will explore vocal range and sound quality, with an emphasis on experimentation and discovery. We’ll fine-tune vowel sounds, and clarify consonants. Singing together, we’ll create harmonic resonances and play a little with vocal improvisation to help people build confidence in their own voices and ears. Offered Sunday afternoons, 2:00-3:00, in Lebanon, or Monday mornings, 9:00-10:00, in Thetford.

Spring term — Choral Sight Reading and Music Theory
A chance to build up the knowledge base behind your singing, this skills class will help you sight-read with more confidence, both with rhythms and pitches. Singing from both the Jenson Sight Singing Course and other choral material, we’ll look at pulse, beat, meter, syncopation, major, minor, blues, and other scales and intervals. These skills will be immediately applicable in any choral group. Offered Sunday afternoons, 2:00-3:00, in Lebanon, or Monday mornings, 9:00-10:00, in Thetford.