"I was expecting it to be really good, but it turned out to be truly inspirational. Neither smoke nor mirrors were in evidence at any point over the weekend".
We want you to be a better, more effective musical director. Discover how to take a holistic view of your singers and their needs - and how to know which 'issues' to prioritise in specific situations.
"Awesome, intense, chilled, inspiring, reallycoolstuff. It's a whole load of stuff you didn't realise you needed but actually can't thrive without. It lays the voice wide open and shows you many many choices. From now onwards, it's not "what sort of voice do I have?", it's " how will I use it today".
"An absolutely invaluable course for anyone working with singers and their voices"
Does this Retreat fit your needs?
Being a successful musical director means:
multi-tasking with music, timing, instrumental, vocal and performance demands (and rehearsals)
being responsible for the warming up and general vocal health of your singers
getting the best performances out of soloists and ensemble singers
knowing when quick fixes are ok (and which ones to use)
"If you're an MD or choir leader working in either the professional or the amateur domain, I unreservedly recommend this course to you"
On this Retreat:
Who are we?
Over this weekend we are going to share that knowledge with you so that you can move on in your own teaching - increasing your personal satisfaction and advancing your career.
"Thank you both so much for sharing your passion and expertise the way you did and for creating such a safe and inviting atmosphere to explore"
Why this Retreat?
I want properly authorised, evidence-based training. Why would I come on this Retreat?Many teachers are required to provide evidence of Continuing Professional Development in their field, but authorised CPD courses for musicians are rare. Since May 2016 Vocal Process has been an authorised Continuing Professional Development Centre. This Musical Director's Retreat will carry 22 CPD points ratified by the CPD Standards Office, which can be awarded on completion of the weekend. Both Gillyanne and Jeremy are externally validated coaches with decades of experience in voice training and performance coaching.
I'm experienced in classical techniques. Why would I come on this Retreat?As an MD you'll be working in many different music genres - classical, operetta, rock, gospel, tribute, contemporary pop, world, the list is endless. As a responsible teacher you need to know enough to guide your performers safely through different vocal styles and setups. Both of us are experienced in classical vocal training - we know which techniques transfer well into other music genres and which don't. We were invited to co-author the chapter on pedagogy in different sung genres for the Oxford Handbook of Singing - that makes us the expert's experts.
This Retreat price includes access to one of our most popular Webinars:
Webinar 3 - What's in a Warmup?
This Webinar will be sent to you to watch before the Retreat begins, so that we can move quickly through your options during the Retreat.
The Retreat usually begins at 4pm on a Friday afternoon and ends on the following Sunday afternoon at 4.30pm. It takes place in our home in Presteigne on the Welsh borders. Presteigne was recently voted one of the top ten small towns for quality of life in the UK by the Daily Telegraph. Our tranquil garden has a river running through it, and our quiet house gives exactly the right atmosphere for concentrated learning and relaxation. Our food comes from three exceptional local providers - Deli Tinto (voted best Deli in Wales), Alex Gooch (BBC Artisan Baker of the Year), and Rhos organic farm 5 miles away.
"As a bonus, the food was terrific and Jeremy's cakes were divine!"
One weekend Retreat that gives you the tools, the input and the 'refresh' you need to bring your MD vocal coaching skills up to date.
Email us now to find out more!