Jul 26, 2017
I won’t lie. It’s worth listening to this entire podcast just
because five and a half minutes into it Dr. Yarrington does an
impression of an orchestra warming up, and it gave me life. Besides
that, there is valuable information here about vocal warm ups,
accountability, choosing appropriate literature, student
conductors, and why adults are more frustrating than children.
Listen: Highlight to
Tweet: “I want my kids to sing well, and be happy
they sang well. Other than that, what is there?” - John Yarrington
- You don’t have time not to warm up each week
- Warm ups should be timed (5 minutes is plenty), more about
listening than producing, and intentionally productive.
- Program for your students, not for yourself or other
- Put your singers first. That means hard work, hard rules, and
no participation trophies.
After 18 years as the head of the Choral
Department at Houston Baptist University, Dr. John Yarrington has
retired. During these years, a significant change in the
choral culture was accomplished with outstanding concerts of
varying repertoire, major works with orchestra, outstanding guests
including Alice Parker, Morton Lauridsen, Dan Forrest, James
Jordan, and Anton Armstrong. Five trips to the Classic Music
Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria were accomplished and the HBU
Schola Cantorum was the featured choir singing a concert in the
Bergkirche, Haydn's church. Dr. Yarrington is a published composer
and author - his latest book is Have We Had This Conversation,
published by Sacred Music Press. He has completed a new book
entitled "In Pursuit of Musical Excellence, yet to be published.
Dr. Yarrington was, for 34 years, a full time church musician and
continues today as the Chancel Choir Director of the First
Presbyterian Church of Houston. At Pulaski Heights UMC in
Little Rock, Arkansas, he started the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
Chorus and was, for a season, interim conductor of the orchestra.
He also was Artistic Director of the Arkansas Chamber Singers
for several seasons - a professional choral group.
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