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Singing high, sustained notes with ease: 7 tips

Breathe. Count. Sing. Look at the conductor. Smile. Now, here come the high notes! Even the best multi-taskers among us often feel the challenge of remembering several different things when singing — and it’s even more stressful when reaching and sustaining high notes. The good news is, singing high, sustained notes needn’t be intimidating and […]
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Ave Maria

The Ave Maria, or Hail Mary, is a traditional prayer used in Western and Eastern Christianity, asking for the intercession of the Virgin Mary. It’s one of the best-known Latin texts, has been set to music countless times, and occupies an important place both in music and religion. You’ve probably heard Schubert’s setting, or the […]
Latin pronunciation guide

Latin pronunciation guide

For a ‘dead’ language, Latin certainly has a lot of variety in its pronunciation. As a member of a choir, you may have been told to pronounce Latin words differently by different conductors, or depending on the composer of the piece. How do you navigate this, remember what to sing, and figure out how to […]
Vocal exercises you can do without disturbing your neighbours

Vocal exercises you can do without disturbing your neighbours

Wouldn’t we all love to have a soundproof studio where we could sing as loudly and freely as we wanted, without anyone to disturb? But it’s not an option for most of us — and too often, we find sometimes unwilling audiences in our neighbours, flatmates, partners, kids and even pets (if you’ve ever had […]
Three Simple Ideas for Better Singing

Three Simple Ideas for Better Singing

We had a great vocal workshop on Sunday, led by our Music Director Masako Johnson. Vocal workshops are fantastic opportunities to step away from the pressures of rehearsal and take the time to focus on creating a beautiful sound. And for an amateur choir like us, it’s a treasure-trove of valuable vocal techniques and information.
The Johannes Brahms you might not have known about

The Johannes Brahms you might not have known about

I first became acquainted with Brahms, as many of us do, as a child. Whether it was a musical mobile, 8-track tape of children’s songs, or music box, I don’t remember — but his Guten Abend, gute Nacht was the first lullaby I’d ever heard, and became synonymous with that word. I didn’t know then, […]
Spotlight on IFC’s Christiane Hein

Spotlight on IFC’s Christiane Hein

Get to know Christiane Hein, and why she had Brandon Walsh on her wall as a teenager.
Spotlight on IFC’s Bob Scheer

Spotlight on IFC’s Bob Scheer

Bob’s back with us this season, and here’s your chance to find out what his ‘wicked’est dreams are!