AU School of Music hosts Ashworth Bartle for graduate class

Mon, 2008-06-02 09:40 -- univcomm
June 2, 2008

The School of Music at Anderson University is pleased to host distinguished guest faculty member Jean Ashworth Bartle, June 9-13, 2008, teaching the graduate course, The Child Voice: Developing Literacy in the Young Singer.

Ashworth Bartle is founder and director of the Toronto Children’s Chorus. Her contribution to the art of choral music for children has evolved over three decades into one of international distinction.

Widely sought-after as lecturer, clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor of children’s choirs, Ms. Ashworth Bartle has worked extensively with choirs, conductors and teachers throughout North America, Europe, Israel, South Africa, the Far East and the Pacific Rim.

Through her consummate skill, and exemplary artistic vision and direction, the Toronto Children’s Chorus has developed into one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs. Ashworth Bartle has also published many articles and books on this subject and has released numerous CDs of the Toronto Children’s Chorus.

Fundamental to Ashworth Bartle’s achievements are her passionate pursuit of the highest artistic standard and the conviction that all children can and should learn to sing. For over thirty years, her leadership has promoted the artistry of children around the world, and her teaching has guided innumerable young choristers, choral conductors and music teachers in schools, churches and community choirs.

While on campus, Ashworth Bartle will profile an in-depth study of the vast musical and pedagogical techniques needed to develop great singing and advanced sight-reading in our young choirs.

Topics will include selecting effective repertoire, recording and commissioning, touring with your choir, effective conducting techniques, helping inexperienced singers find their singing voice, and effective warm-ups that develop the voice. There will be a children’s choir formed just for this week with opportunities for graduate students to conduct the choir.

To culminate the week, the choir will give a short, informal performance at Park Place Church of God at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13. This performance is free and open to the public.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.