Duane Cottrell

March 2: Choral workshop

UD's Community Music School sets vocal technique choral workshop


1:16 p.m., Feb. 7, 2013--The University of Delaware's Community Music School will present "Understanding Your Voice," a free vocal technique choral workshop, from 10.a.m-1 p.m., Saturday, March 2, in the Amy E. du Pont Music Building.

During the year, the UD Community Music School offers several free workshops as part of its commitment to community engagement and outreach.

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At the “Understanding Your Voice” workshop, participants will learn principles and vocal techniques that will help build richer tone quality and better breath support in choral singing. The session will include visual illustrations, voice-building warm ups and singing simple choral repertoire.

The workshop facilitator is Duane Cottrell, assistant professor of choral music education at UD, where he directs the Concert Choir and the University Singers, a select women’s ensemble. Cottrell also teaches conducting and choral music education courses. Previously, he was the interim director of choral activities at Portland (Ore.) State University.

Cottrell completed a bachelor of music education degree from Louisiana State University, where he studied under Kenneth Fulton. He also completed doctor of musical arts and master of music degrees at the University of North Texas, where he studied choral conducting with Jerry McCoy, voice science and pedagogy with Stephen Austin and music education with Warren Henry. 

The UD Community Music School, the outreach program of the University’s Department of Music, has provided a wide variety of music instruction options to adults and children. Current programs include early childhood and adult music classes, Suzuki Institute, chamber ensembles, jazz bands, music theory, steel drum ensembles and award-winning children’s choirs.

Registration forms for the free choral workshop can be found at the UD Community Music School website.

For more information, contact the Community Music School at 302-831-1548 or via email at communitymusicschool@udel.edu

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