St. Patrick’s to host annual choral workshop


    Special to The PREVIEW

    St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church will offer its fourth annual Festival Choral Workshop July 11–14 with Peter Schindler returning as guest director.

    The music selected for this year’s workshop is Mozart’s “Missa Brevis in D minor.”  The music will be accompanied by Sally Neel, along with Heidi Tanner and Skip Thomas on violin, and will be performed at the Sunday Night Unplugged service on Sunday,  July 14, at 5 p.m.

    St. Patrick’s Festival Choral Workshop is a concept that was designed and implemented in 2010 to give area singers the opportunity to spend significant time studying and developing vocal technique and sing and perform beautiful music with others who wish to expand their musical repertoire. The workshop has proven to be a huge benefit to those who attend and the camaraderie has been such that many have participated all three years.

    Guest workshop director Peter Schindler resides in Dallas, Texas, and has spent the past 40 years performing, teaching and studying the human voice.  He has long had a fascination with the physical aspects of singing, how the human voice produces beautiful sounds, and has expanded his studies to include the connection between the human voice and the human spirit.

    “The performer’s task is to understand the composer’s intent, bring it into being and transmit it to the audience with honesty. In short, to be the channel of the idea’s truth,” said Schindler.  “Singers often struggle to control their sound and more importantly, to control their audience’s reaction. This effort to control causes breaks, uncertainty, and a lack of confidence in the flow of ideas. In coaching performers I have observed a virtually universal event. As the voice becomes free there is a flow of emotion. Usually either laughter or tears, accompanied by a feeling of exuberant release. The sense is that the communication has been given clearly and freely. For a singer this results in a beautiful expressive sound.”

    The workshop will begin Thursday, July 11, 6:30–8:30 p.m., with a vocal master class.  The class will allow up to six soloists to perform in front of the class with Schindler offering each singer individual instruction.  Class members will be allowed to listen and benefit from the lessons.  Soloists who wish to participate should contact Sally Neel at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 731-5801, to sign up.  The cost for this class is $10.

    On Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m.,  Schindler will offer an opening lecture titled, “Music: Mind, Breath and Spirit.” He will share his wisdom regarding the importance of the connection between the human voice and the human spirit and will lead participants in ways to accomplish this goal.

    Rehearsals for the performance will begin July 12,  1–3:30 p.m. women’s sectional rehearsal; 4-5:30 p.m. men’s sectional rehearsal; 6:30–8:30 p.m. group rehearsal.

    On Saturday, July 13, the choir will meet at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and social time and begin rehearsing at 9. There will be a lunch break from noon to 1:30 p.m. and rehearsal will continue until 5:30.

    On Sunday, July 14, the choir will gather at 2:30 p.m. for a rehearsal and will perform at 5 at the Sunday Night Unplugged service.

    The cost for the entire weekend is $50 (includes music, master class, lecture and choral workshop); $40 for Friday–Sunday only (includes music, lecture, rehearsals, and performance); $10 for master class only.

    For more information, or to sign up for the workshop, contact Sally Neel at or call 946-6458.