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World Choir Games Auckland 2024 - Workshops

13th World Choir Games July 10 - 20, 2024 Auckland, New Zealand The Games of WELCOME New perspectives for 2024: The city of Auckland in New Zealand will be hosting the world’s largest choir competition in July 2024. New Zealand is renowned for its manaakitanga, its warm welcome and hospitality that will be a hallmark of the 13th World Choir Games. Visitors are honored, supported and even uplifted. Aotearoa New Zealand is a singing nation, with a thriving choir culture in every town and city. The country’s musical traditions reflect the rich diversity of its multicultural population and are woven through the fabric of New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Join us at the World Choir Games 2024 and receive a warm welcome and an unforgettable cultural experience! In the spirit of manaakitanga you will be made to feel part of the New Zealand whānau – its family!

13th World Choir Games
July 10 - 20, 2024 Auckland, New Zealand

The Games of WELCOME

New perspectives for 2024: The city of Auckland in New Zealand will be hosting the world’s largest choir competition in July 2024. New Zealand is renowned for its manaakitanga, its warm welcome and hospitality that will be a hallmark of the 13th World Choir Games. Visitors are honored, supported and even uplifted.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a singing nation, with a thriving choir culture in every town and city. The country’s musical traditions reflect the rich diversity of its multicultural population and are woven through the fabric of New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland. Join us at the World Choir Games 2024 and receive a warm welcome and an unforgettable cultural experience! In the spirit of manaakitanga you will be made to feel part of the New Zealand whānau – its family!

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<strong>Workshops</strong><br />

July<br />

10-20,<br />

<strong>2024</strong>


Thursday, July 11, <strong>2024</strong><br />

WORKSHOPS<br />

10h30<br />

Q Theatre – Loft<br />

Susanna Saw (Malaysia)<br />

Musicianship Exercises in <strong>Choir</strong> Rehearsal<br />

Growing a foundation of solid musicianship skills enables any choirs to work more efficiently and results in<br />

a higher level of performance. Participants will learn how to find these key musical building blocks within<br />

their choral repertoire, as well as how to develop the ability to “think in sound” through fun, engaging and<br />

educational exercises, empowering singers to understand the foundations on which all music is built. Choral<br />

music from South-East Asia will be incorporated into the presentation.<br />

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11<br />

15h00<br />

Q Theatre – Loft<br />

Timothy Wayne-Wright (Great Britain/New Zealand)<br />

The Art of A Cappella<br />

After ten years in The King's Singers, countertenor Tim Wayne-Wright examines and explains what it truly<br />

means to be an ensemble singer. Tim will cover the main issues and hurdles that every choir faces – from<br />

vowel matching and how to achieve a seamless choral blend, to tips on maintaining an engaged audience<br />

through the power of vocal colors.<br />

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Friday, July 12, <strong>2024</strong><br />

WORKSHOPS<br />

10h30<br />

Q Theatre – Loft<br />

Michael Barrett (South Africa)<br />

"Africa Rejoice! - Sing and Dance the South African Way"<br />

Join Michael Barrett (conductor of the internationally acclaimed University of Pretoria Camerata) in "Africa<br />

Rejoice!", a vibrant workshop commemorating South Africa's 30 Years of democracy. Immerse yourself in<br />

the rich tapestry of South African music traditions as Michael guides participants in singing and dancing<br />

the South African way. This interactive experience not only celebrates the nation's cultural diversity but also<br />

explores the link between South African peace and the powerful role of singing as a vehicle to foster unity<br />

and harmony. Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with the spirit of South Africa through music and<br />

movement.<br />

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12<br />

10h30<br />

Holy Trinity Cathedral<br />

Yanbin Xia (China)<br />

Poetry in Music<br />

Yanbin Xia will share some of his works based on poems about ‘night and the starry sky’, which come<br />

either from myths and legends or reality and are all part of Chinese chorus culture. Combining scores and<br />

multimedia, he shows how he presents these sparkling starry pictures in choral music, while playing simple<br />

but interesting music clips and conducting the demonstration choir. All participants are invited to sing.<br />

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Friday, July 12, <strong>2024</strong><br />

12<br />

WORKSHOP<br />

15h00<br />

Q Theatre – Loft<br />

Anna Tabita Abeleda-Piquero (Philippines)<br />

I Love Music Theory!<br />

In this active and interactive workshop, Anna translates the essential elements of choral music into a fun<br />

language for choristers through engaging exercises and parlour games that only singing musicians can play.<br />

These energetic and involving activities can be used to begin rehearsals, enliven workshops, or simply turn<br />

up the heat at choir parties!<br />

6


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Saturday, July 13, <strong>2024</strong><br />

WORKSHOPS<br />

10h30<br />

Q Theatre – Loft<br />

Igelese Ete (New Zealand/Samoa)<br />

Pacific Voices: An Immersive Exploration of Samoan Songs<br />

An interactive workshop that will provide participants with a comprehensive and engaging experience in<br />

which to explore deeply the vocalisation, melodies, meanings, and cultural significance of Samoan songs<br />

through focused vocal learning and cultural immersion.<br />

8


13<br />

15h00<br />

Q Theatre – Loft<br />

Darius Lim (Singapore)<br />

Music Through Children’s Eyes<br />

This workshop explores the joyful world of children’s choral music, showing how to to enrich rehearsals with<br />

creative games and activities designed to captivate and engage young singers, thereby fostering a vibrant and<br />

interactive learning atmosphere.<br />

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Wednesday, July 17, <strong>2024</strong><br />

WORKSHOPS<br />

10h30<br />

Q Theatre – Loft<br />

Cristian Grases (Venezuela/USA)<br />

Performing Latin American Choral Music<br />

One of the fascinating aspects of Latin American music in general is its diversity both among and within<br />

countries or regions. Each country has musical expressions that represent various cultures, ethnic groups,<br />

cultural backgrounds, regional flavors, instrumentation, and even particular cadences and accents in the<br />

language. Throughout time, choral music in Latin America has been an excellent outlet for national identity<br />

as well as a fruitful space for cultural cross-pollination. Here we will explore the nine most important<br />

considerations in performing Latin American choral music appropriately.<br />

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17<br />

10h30<br />

Holy Trinity Cathedral<br />

Xingzimin Pan (China)<br />

From China to the <strong>World</strong><br />

Xingzimin Pan's composition "Dandelion" is not only the most frequently performed choral composition in<br />

China, but has also conquered the globe. Many choirs around the world have performed the work as their first<br />

foray into Chinese music with lyrics in Mandarin. This workshop focuses not only on Xingzimin Pan‘s music,<br />

but also that of other contemporary composers. Enter the choral world of China and learn more about its<br />

compositional techniques, artistic concepts and harmonic language. The Shenzhen Futian Star Bright <strong>Choir</strong><br />

will introduce you to the music and perhaps your choir will soon be singing one of these fine works.<br />

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Wednesday, July 17, <strong>2024</strong><br />

WORKSHOPS<br />

15h00<br />

St. Matthew-in the-City<br />

Tapeta Wehi (New Zealand)<br />

The ‘Te Wehi Haka’ Experience<br />

Learn about the celebrated Māori cultural and performing arts phenomenon that is kapa haka from one of its<br />

best-known practitioners in Aotearoa. In this fascinating and immersive workshop, Tapeta explains some of<br />

the elements that make up kapa haka and sets them in their traditional and contemporary context. By the end<br />

of the session, it is likely that participants will have learnt a waiata (song) and several phrases in te reo Māori.<br />

12


17<br />

19h30<br />

Dorothy Winstone Theatre<br />

Deke Sharon (USA)<br />

Pitch Perfect Singalong!<br />

Full disclosure: Deke, a member of our international panel of jurors, also happens to have been musical<br />

director for the three blockbusting ‚Pitch Perfect‘ films! He’s chosen a song from the first movie – the Bellas’<br />

Finale Mashup (‚Price Tag‘, ‚Don’t You Forget About Me‘, ‚Tonight‘)” – but they’re not singing it, YOU are!<br />

Become one of the Barden Bellas and, with Deke’s expert guidance, you’ll soon be singing all the parts and<br />

crushing it with fellow ‚Pitch Perfect‘ fans... entirely a cappella (with some vocal percussion). Prepare to hear<br />

several behind-the-scenes stories as well. All ages and singing levels welcome. Aca-mazing!<br />

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Thursday, July 18, <strong>2024</strong><br />

WORKSHOPS<br />

10h30<br />

Q Theatre – Loft<br />

Mathew Wright (Great Britain)<br />

Perform with Artistry!<br />

Great choirs sing with flawless and seemingly effortless technical skills. Fine intonation, rhythmic accuracy<br />

and phrasing, resonance, balance, dynamic sensitivity and tone quality underpin great performances. But<br />

audiences want to be moved by what they hear; they love to see performers emotionally invested and perform<br />

with a genuine and authentic connection. They may forgive a wrong note, but never a lack of energy, passion<br />

and commitment. In this workshop we explore how to elevate performances and make them compelling for<br />

audiences and competition juries alike!<br />

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18<br />

15h00<br />

Q Theatre – Loft<br />

Zimfira Poloz (Canada/Kazakhstan)<br />

Bring Your Voice!<br />

This is an interactive workshop on choral methods for teaching young choirs with a focus on voice pedagogy,<br />

sound concepts, developing musicianship skills, and incorporating movements. Let's share our ideas for<br />

teaching young singers. Bring Your Voice and Your Singers!<br />

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Friday, July 19, <strong>2024</strong><br />

WORKSHOPS<br />

10h30<br />

Q Theatre – Loft<br />

Anthony Trecek-King (USA)<br />

A Long Road to Freedom: Singing Spirituals<br />

This workshop will delve into the rich tapestry of history, context, and performance practice of the African<br />

American Spiritual. From the roots of slavery through to the 21 st century, Anthony will help uncover the<br />

deeper meanings woven into each song and unlock the secrets hidden within their various styles, from their<br />

origins before the Civil War to their transformation over subsequent years.<br />

16


19<br />

15h00<br />

Q Theatre – Loft<br />

Deke Sharon (USA)<br />

Singing Instruments and Vocal Percussion<br />

Ten years ago, a cappella singing was mostly ‘bum’ and ‘doo’. Now, one or many singers can sound like<br />

drums, guitars, horns and a myriad other instruments… and Deke will show you how! What’s more, one<br />

of the key elements of contemporary ‘acappella’ – vocal percussion – has become an essential element in<br />

presenting a dynamic, current sound with nothing but voices. Learn the fundamentals of this skill, weaving<br />

together bass drum, snare and high hat to provide a compelling groove, while exploring additional sounds like<br />

cymbals, shakers, and wood blocks.<br />

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