Oct 20, 2017
Anne Tomlinson has served as Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Artistic
Director since 1996, overseeing the educational and artistic
development of the 400-member chorus and conducting LACC’s renowned
Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. She has positively impacted the
lives of thousands upon thousands of children and helped shape LA’s
cultural landscape in myriad ways over the past two decades. Today
she talks to Ryan about the all the right keys: the best keys for
children to sing in, and the keys for singing for a lifetime.
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can learn the basics of singing best in a choir.” - Anne Tomlinson
- About Anne:
- Anne Tomlinson is the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles
Children’s Chorus (LACC).
- Her background is in piano, not teaching, but she learned from
outstanding mentors while accompanying the LACC
- LACC is famous for bel canto teaching technique, producing a
uniquely pure and resonant sound.
- On repertoire:
- Latin, Italian, German, Hebrew, Spanish, and Japanese are all
good language choices for children, focusing on Italianate
- When selecting repertoire, focus on educating not just your
students, but also your audience. Have the children talk about the
piece, helping parents understand why we make these musical
- Pick repertoire that supports the technique of the choir.
- Balance your selections, considering, unison, parts, sweet
melodies, and more rhythmic selections.
- Can’t find a piece in a sharp key (better for young voices)?
- Your choir is bigger than just the children in it
- Want to build relationships with other community arts
organizations? Just ask for an opportunity to meet and share your
goals and vision for a partnership. Invite them to your concerts,
have children talk to them, demonstrate how their ticket sales are
likely to increase.
- Teach children how to sing for a lifetime, technique that will
allow them to sing in whatever style they choose as an adult.
Shaping a singer is a long game, and children can damage their
voices singing in styles that are not developmentally
Anne Tomlinson, Artistic Director of the Los
Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), oversees the educational and
artistic development of the Chorus and leads LACC’s renowned
Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Additionally, she is Children’s
Chorus Mistress for LA Opera. Tomlinson has worked with celebrated
conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Plácido Domingo,
James Conlon and Grant Gershon and prepared the Chorus for
performances with LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los
Angeles Master Chorale, among other leading organizations.
Tomlinson’s film work includes the 2002 Academy Award-nominated
documentary Sing!, which chronicles a year in the life of LACC, and
the sequel documentaries Sing Opera! and Sing China!. Her live
broadcast work includes the January 2005 Chamber Singers
performance on NPR’s nationally syndicated program “From the Top.”
Tomlinson is a frequent guest conductor and presenter at symposia,
workshops and festivals both nationally and internationally. She
holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin College Conservatory
of Music and Master’s degree in conducting from Northwestern
University, where she studied with Margaret Hillis. Among many
awards, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Tomlinson are the 2014
recipients of the Chorus America Margaret Hillis award for choral
excellence. Tomlinson is stepping down from Los Angeles Children’s
Chorus at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season, after 22 years of
leading the organization to unprecedented growth and artistic
excellence. Resources/links Mentioned:
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