Posting Date: February 21, 2011

Kennesaw State to conduct workshop for local high school choirs
Workshop will prepare students for district festival

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KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State University will host its second annual High School Choral Invitational Festival on March 4 in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free festival will feature a one-day workshop for local high school choirs in the area in order to prepare them for a large district festival that will be given by the Georgia Music Educators Association.

Leslie Blackwell, KSU associate professor of music and music education, will oversee the event. According to Blackwell, the GMEA district festival will evaluate the participating choirs and the purpose of the workshop at KSU is to prepare them for that evaluation. During the daylong workshop, the students will be taught techniques to help them listen better and improve in areas such as diction, articulation, dynamics and style. “We work with them and give them ideas to improve on what they have done in the classroom,” says Blackwell.

The participating choirs—Cartersville High School, Woodstock High School and Kennesaw Mountain High School—will perform their repertoire in front of each other. “That way the choirs will get to see the learning process and get to learn just as much as if they were on stage,” explains Blackwell. In addition to the workshop, the choirs will be treated to lunch at The KSU Commons and a performance by the KSU Chamber Singers.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.


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