Meet Dr. William O. Baker

William O. Baker has earned a reputation as an entrepreneurial conductor and creator of choral organizations.  He founded the DeKalb Choral Guild in 1978 at the age of 19.  By the age of 21 he had conducted Brahms’ German Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G, and Handel’s Messiah with professional orchestras, launching a career … Continue reading Meet Dr. William O. Baker

BUILDING ENSEMBLE SOUND WITH CHANT

BUILDING ENSEMBLE THROUGH CHANT & CHORALE In the over forty years I have been leading choral ensembles in community, professional and church realms, I have seen many trends and fashions come and go, and I have seen more than a few come back and then go away again.  It is not an exaggeration to say … Continue reading BUILDING ENSEMBLE SOUND WITH CHANT

The Difference Between Timely and Timeless Music

THE TIMELY AND THE TIMELESS The voice of the high school junior was a bit hesitant as he offered his question during a Q&A that followed a talk I had given to a his choir at the end of a workshop: “Why is it that you [choral leaders] call some music “worthwhile” and other music … Continue reading The Difference Between Timely and Timeless Music

Part 2 The human voice: an instrument in residence

Breath trivia:

The diaphragm descends anywhere from 1.5 cm at rest to 6-10 cm during exercise.

There is no air going into the abdominals! The role of the abs is to relax and allow the thoracic cavity to be more spacious.

Breathing allows you to take in the oxygen and expel carbon-dioxide waste. But when you exhale, you also breathe out a lot of water. Humans exhale up to 0.59 fluid ounces of water per hour and about four times that amount during exercise.

The Human Brain and the Influence of Music

Are you looking for a great book to add to your holiday reading list? By Developing Voices Author Jamea J. Sale, MME Are you looking for a great book to add to your holiday reading list? I suggest Musicophilia (2007) by Oliver Sacks. Musicophilia explores the wonders of the brain, neuroscience and music. In any other … Continue reading The Human Brain and the Influence of Music