“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
— Pablo Picasso
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Let’s Get singing

This is our first choral workshop and we are so excited! This workshop gives you a chance to improve some of the finer details of your singing and performance skills. Each Monday we will focus on a different topic. You can pick and choose whether to come to one workshop or all four! And there is no obligation to join the choir in the fall, but you are certainly welcome to. The choice is yours! Registration begins Tuesday, June 25th and there are limited spots.

Things to Know

WHEN? Mondays, August 5 - 26

TIME? 7 - 9 PM

WHERE? Thornton Arts and Culture Center 9209 Dorothy Blvd. Thornton 80229

COST? $5 per session

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? While our choir is an adult choir, we are opening up our workshop to ages 12 and up.

WHAT TO BRING? Water, pencil, an open mind and willingness to participate

WHAT TO WEAR? Comfy clothes that you can easily move “exercise” in. We do a lot of movement in our workshops.


 

Workshop Schedule

 
 
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August 5th - Vocal technique Part I

This first session is part one of a two part session where we will focus on building and strengthening the foundations needed for great singing. Everyone needs the basics, and even if you know them, it’s always good to go back to them and make sure they’re still strong. Here we will be focusing on techniques such as breathing, support, resonance, placement, blending and more. *While it is not required to attend both sessions, it is recommended.

 
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august 12th - vocal technique part II

This session we will be a continuation of the previous week where we will continue to build and strengthen our foundation. We will continue to focus on techniques such as breathing, support, resonance, placement, blending and more. *While it is not required to attend both sessions, it is recommended.

 
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august 19th - music theory 101

During this session we will focus on basic music theory to help strengthen your music reading skills and in turn build your confidence during rehearsal time. Everything from counting your rhythms to sight reading will be covered. This day will be very kinesthetic, so please wear clothing you can easily move around/exercise in.

 
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august 26th - vocal expression

For our last session we will be focusing on the face. Singing is a whole body and mind experience, and the more we as singers can connect emotionally and express it, the more we can draw our audience in and touch their soul. Using acting techniques, this session will focus on tapping into the emotions of music and letting your face express those emotions.

 

Meet the Instructors

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Kawika Bethelette has served as the Conductor of the Thornton Community Chorus for the 2018-19 season, earning the position after guest conducting during the 2017-18 season. Mr. Berthelette has had the honor of directing the Denver Public Schools Citywide Honor Choir in 2019. He has served for the last seven years as a music educator. He has served students as a general music teacher at Kaiser Elementary, McKinnley-Thatcher Elementary, and Barrett Elementary. He has also served at Adams City Middle School as the Director of Bands. Mr. Berthelette’s career also includes guest conducting the Brighton Music Festival Orchestra, where he conducted his own original compositions: “Reflection,” and “The Fallen.” Mr. Berthelette received his Bachelor's in Music Education (K-12) from Colorado State University.

 

Britney Farr has been singing with the Thornton Community Chorus since 2015 and currently serves on the board as their communications director. She has been performing and training in both singing and acting since 1998 through many school, church and community theatres and workshops. Some of her show credits include: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (courtesan), Much Ado About Nothing (Hero), Come and See (a passion play), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon) and It’s a Wonderful Life (Mary). In college she studied English, theatre arts and technical theatre at the California State University of Northridge, graduating with a BA in English, with an emphasis in theatre arts, as well as a secondary teaching credential. Since 2008 she has been teaching and directing theatre for children ages 7-18, putting on productions such as The Little Mermaid, Murder Runs in the Family, Into the Woods Jr., and more. She taught at Castaic Middle School (California), and she is currently teaching for the Northglenn Youth Theatre Academy.

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