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Mid-Winter Vocal Festival begins

Posted: December 29, 2011 - 12:04am

Juneau Lyric Opera’s 22nd annual mid-winter Vocal Festival kicked off this week, and continues through Jan. 7. This year three classes will be offered, featuring guest artists Byron McGilvray and Janis Capelle. Music ranges from classical to gospel to popular and show tunes.

Here’s a look at what’s offered.

Group Voice: an opportunity for singers to gain some basic knowledge and skills in a pressure-free setting. Learn the basics of good, healthy singing technique. Students will learn about vocal anatomy, proper breathing and balanced tone, as well as vocal registers and vocal health.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Jan. 2, 4, 6 from 5:30–6:45 p.m. at Chapel by the Lake. The cost is $30.

Festival Chorus: open to singers of all experience levels — no audition required. If you don’t know what part you sing, just ask and you will be placed. Selections will include some of the best of choral music through the ages.

Saturday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to noon, and Monday–Friday, January 2–6, 7–9:30 p.m. at Chapel by the Lake, except Thursday, Jan. 5, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The cost is $75.

Singing in a Small Ensemble: If you ever wanted to perform in a trio, quartet, quintet or sextet, here’s your chance. Participants are asked to preregister online. Ensembles can come already formed (bring two pieces of music) or will be assigned at the first meeting.

Dec. 28–30, 7–9:30 p.m., at McPhetres Hall rehearsal room; Saturday, Dec. 31, noon-2 p.m., at Chapel by the Lake; Tuesday, Jan. 3, 5:30–6:45 p.m. at Chapel by the Lake; and Thursday, Jan. 5, 5:30–6:45 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The cost is $50.

Details are available at www.juneauopera.org.

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