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AOIC Conference 2014: Limerick Sings

The Association of Irish Choirs was delighted to hold its first national choral conference in association with the Limerick Sings festival and generously supported by Limerick City of Culture 2014. The event comprised of workshops, panel discussions and performances from choral experts and performers from Ireland and abroad. 

FRIDAY, 30TH MAY, 2014

Venue: University Concert Hall, Foundation Building, University of Limerick

3.30pm - 4.30pm   Exhibition and Trade Stands

4.00pm –4.30pm Welcome and Registration

4.30pm –4.45pm Opening of the Conference 

4.45pm-5.45pm Opening Conference Address, Keynote address, Professor June Boyce-Tillman MBE

'The Choir as Singing Group - Embracing Diversity'

5.45pm -6.30pm Session A: Management, PR and Marketing of your choir

The Association of Irish Choirs led an information session for choirs on the importance of good governance and ways you can enhance this for your choir. Marketing and PR is becoming increasingly important for choirs given a competitive concert environment. Some tips and advice were given on this also.

Session B: American Choral Music - Tina Thielen-Gaffey

An interactive survey and discussion of a broad spectrum of American choral music and its composers, including music of Moses Hogan, Morten Lauridsen, Samual Barber and others.  Sing along, listen to and discuss a variety of American styles and eras.  Singers from the University of MN Duluth were in attendance to help read through and perform some of the literature.

Session C: Exhibition and Trade Stands


Performance 1:  8pm Chamber Choir Ireland, St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick

7.15pm  Pre-Concert Talk with Paul Hillier 



9.00am - 9.30am Registration

9.00am - 9.30am   Exhibition and Trade Stands

9.30am - 10am Vocal Warm-up tips and exercises

10.00am - 11.00am Vocal Production: Choral Singing

Choral singing can be strenuous on the vocal chords. In preparation for concerts or competitions vocal fatigue can set in! The professional choral singing members of Chamber Choir Ireland are all too familiar with this and will give helpful hints and pointers for maintaining the voice.

Session A: Upper Voices (Sopranos/Tenors), Led by Chamber Choir Ireland

Session B: Lower Voices (Altos/Basses), Led by Chamber Choir Ireland

10.55am - 11.15am      Exhibition and Trade Stands

11.15am – 12.00pm BIG SING 

All conference participants will partake in a BIG SING featuring the work of Irish choral composers from the Anthology: Choirland. You don’t need to come prepared – you can observe or join the conference group in song. Led by Chamber Choir Ireland.

12.00pm – 12.50pm Irish Choral Music and Composers 

Presented with the Contemporary Music Centre

The Contemporary Music Centre (www.cmc.ie) hosted a panel discussion on Irish choral composition. Rhona Clarke (www.rhonaclarke.com) will lead an exploration of some key Irish composers' work and give participants an overview of Irish choral composition over the past century.

12.50pm – 1.30pm Workshops of music by Irish choral composers. Anne Barry led a workshop on Irish choral works from the Contemporary Music Centre's soon to be published upper-voice choral catalogue, with a demonstration choir.

1.30pm – 2.30pm LUNCH

1.30pm – 2.30pm  Exhibition and Trade Stands

2.30pm – 3.45pm Session A: Vocal Health and Production for the Ageing Voice

Ghislaine Morgan (http://bit.ly/1gwaEnn), International vocal expert and singer, will lead a workshop in vocal technique and training. It is particularly relevant to choral singers to help with their blend and vocal health while making most of the constraints placed on the voice by time. Healthy singing leads to a longer singing life! All of us are ageing and so it is relevant to all!

Session B: Vocal Jazz: Jazz singing for the choral singer

Tina Thielen-Gaffey (http://bit.ly/OpODzM) of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, along with her award winning, Vocal Jazz Ensemble from the University of Minnesota, Duluth explored jazz singing for the choral singer. This interactive and performance based workshop will demonstrate vocal jazz singing in a participative environment.

3.45pm – 4.00pm  Exhibition and Trade Stands

4.00pm – 5.00pm Session A: Shlomo: Beat-boxing and the agility of the human voice

Shlomo (www.shlo.co.uk) , will lead the conference in vocal beat-boxing and the use of the voice to create a sound world without the use of instrumentation. 

5.00-6.00pm Session A: Choral 'Mash Ups'

Greg Beardsell, Artistic Director of the Irish Youth Choir, presented a workshop on the value and learning possibilities of choral ‘mash ups’. It is a tool to engage young singers and build aural and singing confidence.

Performance 2 8pm Celebratory Concert for Choirs, St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick (http://goo.gl/ha1Fro)  Limerick Sings Concert featuring Lassus Scholars , Clermont Chorale ,University of Minnesota Ensembles and Unity Gospel Choir

Performance 3 10pm Shlomo and the Lip Factory(http://www.shlo.co.uk/category/lip-factory/), Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick




Ticket price of performances is not included in the conference package

Friday, 30th May
Chamber Choir Ireland
Conductor: Paul Hillier
St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick. 8pm

Saturday, 31st May
Celebratory Concert
St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick. 8pm
Join us for a concert to celebrate choral music featuring choirs from both the conference and festival.

Saturday, 31st May
Shlomo and the Lip Factory
Dolans Warehouse, Limerick. 10pm

Sunday, 1st June
Pop up concerts across the city

View the list of performers

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