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Building Youth Choirs - Registrations accepted at the door

Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave.
Monday, Sep 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM (ET) to Monday, Sep 24, 2018 at 9:00 PM (ET)

Rebecca Kenneally leads this workshop focused on youth choir development. How do we improve our youth choirs with the little time we see them each week? Can we avoid teaching solely by rote with limited time to teach literacy? Can vocal technique really be taught amid repertoire? This 2.5 hour workshop will take participants on a hands-on journey to discover ways to maximize our rehearsal time: write warm-ups to teach repertoire, choose repertoire to build our choirs' skills, teach vocal technique through song, and more. With a demonstration choir of singers in grades 4 and up, participants can observe the clinician at work and also try their hand at newly composed warm-ups. Perusal copies of suggested repertoire, repertoire lists, and warm-up examples will be available.

Rebecca Kenneally has been making music and building choirs with children, young adults, and adults for nearly 20 years in the Boston area, and internationally in Canada and Sweden. She has been the Chair of the Performing Arts Department and Choral Director at Endicott College in Beverly, MA since 2008, growing the choir from six to 45 members, and recently leading the Endicott Singers to victory in the television contest Sing That Thing! At Old North Church in Marblehead, Kenneally has grown the youth choirs with children in grades 1-12 from 12 members to 80 in her tenure since 1999. Under her direction, the Old North Youth Festival Chorus earned second place in The American Prize in 2011.

In 2015, she was a chosen International Conducting Fellow for the American Choral Directors Association International Conductors Exchange Program with Sweden, an honor for which she hosted Swedish conductors, and traveled to Sweden to represent the US. There she observed and worked with youth (grades 2- 12 and college) and adult choirs, conducting a concert at Oscars Cathedral in Stockholm. She led a second exchange with the entire choir groups from Endicott and Oscars Cathedral in 2017-2018.

An active member of the American Choral Directors Association, Kenneally has sent over 20 youth to ACDA National and Eastern Honor Choirs. Kenneally conducts the youth choirs (ages 12-18) at Music at Port Milford Chamber Music Festival in Ontario, Canada, where she is also a faculty soloist. She is a frequent clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator, and coach. In 2017, Kenneally conducted the first Northeast District Treble Chorus for grades 4 and 5. Also in 2017, she was a guest conductor for the Millennium Gospel Choir Christmas Concert at the Museum of Fine Arts.


$30 general
$20 non-Salem State students (must present valid student ID)

All Salem State affiliates are admitted free. Please email to reserve your spot using your salem state email account.

PDP's are available. A minimum of 10 hours (4 workshops) is required to earn PDP's.


Recital Hall (Central Campus)
71 Loring Ave.
Salem State University

Salem State Music and Dance Department 2018-2019 Workshops
Choral Connections: Building Youth Choirs with Warm-ups and Repertoire with Rebecca Kenneally (September 24); Conducting Instrumental Ensembles with Jeff Leonard (October 22); Directing Experimental Electronic Music Ensembles with Ramon Castillo(November 26); Fearless Audience with NIck Page (January 29)

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Rebecca Kenneally Workshop

Online ticket sales ended on 9/24/2018 at 3:00 PM (ET)

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71 Loring Ave. Salem Salem, MA Patch MA

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