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June 24, 2004

Western Wind Vocal Ensemble to Present Concerts and Workshops in Ensemble Singing at Smith College

Session I: June 25-June 27 (Weekend); June 28 -July 3 (5-Day); June 25-July 3 (8-day)
Session II:
July 30-August 1 (Weekend); August 2-August 7(5-day); July 30-August 7 (8-day)

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- The Western Wind and Vocal Ensemble will present two sessions of workshops in ensemble singing at Smith College this summer. Drawing participants from as far away as Japan and Australia, these workshops are opportunities for singers at all levels to sharpen their skills in vocal production, rhythm, intonation, balance, diction, ensemble sensitivity and projection of text.

"A Cappella Through The Ages" is the theme as participants sing an intriguing selection of music from a diverse repertoire -- medieval, Renaissance, baroque, early American; 19th- and 20th-century part-songs, rounds, hymns and folk songs; jazz, pop, doo-wop and improvisation. Singers also learn vocal style, performance practice and ensemble techniques that enhance the interpretation of this rich and diverse vocal music repertoire. The workshops are open to all levels -- professionals and amateurs, soloists and ensemble performers, conductors and music teachers.

A special program for children, ages 9 to 14, will also be offered, both weekends. The children's' program will be under the direction of Mollie Stone for the first session. Ms. Stone was formerly the associate conductor of the Hampshire Choral Society's Young People's Chorus. She is currently working on a masters in conducting at Westminster choir College. K.C. Conlan will direct the second session. Ms. Conlan is the elementary music specialist at The Common school in Amherst and director of the Hampshire Choral Society Young People's Chorus.

Joining the Western Wind singers on the faculty is Robert Eisenstein, viola da gamba, and director of the Five Colleges Early Music Program, harpsichordist Dongsok Shin, Lutenist Grant Herreid (session II only), and vocal jazz specialist, Yumiko Matsuoka.

Each workshop period begins with a faculty concert, each of which is open to the public. Ticket prices are $8 general admission and $5 students. Tickets are available at the door.

Session I Concerts:
June 25 at 8 p.m.
June 28 at 8 at p.m.

Session II Concerts:
July 30 at 8 p.m.
August 2 at 8 p.m.

The concerts will take place in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall. The music, drawn from the Western Wind's wide-ranging exploration of music from the 14th century, the Renaissance, early and contemporary America, and pop and jazz, The programs feature new music written for the Western Wind by Phillip Glass, Tania Leon, Bobby McFerrin, Robert Dennis, Gayla Morgan and Elliot Z. Levine (the last two are members of the Western Wind); early Baroque works by Rossi and Praetorius, arrangements of songs by Bizet and Saint-Saens, pop and jazz songs by Brian Wilson (In My Room), Lionel Bart (Where is Love), and Carole King (It's Too Late) and selections from the Western Wind's Judaica repertoire.

Also featured on the programs will be the instrumental faculty, Robert Eisenstein, viola da gamba, and Dongsok Shin, harpsichord, as well as vocal jazz specialist, Yumiko Matsuoka.

For further information, contact The Western Wind by e-mail, or phone 212-873-2848 or 800-788-2187, or write to The Western Wind, 263 West 86th Street, NY, NY 10024. Alternatively, you may contact William Zukof, 212/873-2848,

About The Western Wind
The Western Wind is dedicated to the art of vocal ensemble singing. Since 1969, it has played a significant role in presenting music from the middle ages, Renaissance, early Baroque, early American, and Jazz eras. The ensemble continues to enlarge its repertoire by commissioning innovative works from living composers across cultural and ethnic boundaries. The Western Wind accomplishes its purpose through concerts in the U.S. and abroad, workshops in ensemble singing, specially funded programs in New York City public schools, workshops for participants at all levels of ability, recordings, and publications of The Western Wind repertoire. The Western Wind singers are Kristina Boerger and Gayla Morgan, sopranos; William Zukof, countertenor; Todd Frizzell and Richard Slade, tenors; and Elliott Z. Levine, baritone. For more information, please visit


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