Education Sessions

  • All sessions contain classes with specialized focus areas: A, D, G, L, Q, S/L, and V.
  • Please select one class per session based on your preferred area of focus.
  • Attendees are welcome to pick and choose classes belonging to different focus areas (it's completely up to you!).

Class Focus Key:

  • A= Arrangers
  • D= Directors
  • G= General
  • L= Leadership
  • Q= Quartet
  • S/L= Section Leader (Music Team)
  • V= Visual

Class Descriptions

  • Class schedule is subject to change.

Friday • July 26, 2019

8:45–10 a.m. • Music in the Morning (G)

Getting the Upper Hand on Breathing (G)
Instructed By:
Lori Lyford

  • Explore more about the functions of inhalation, exhalation and increase the amount of air with your instrument. Learn techniques to lengthen phrases to increase the amount of air taken in and have it sustain throughout a phrase.

10:15–11:15 a.m. • Friday • Elective 1

History of A Cappella (G)
Instructed By: Deke Sharon

  • From barbershop to Pentatonix, take a look (and listen) to styles and traditions that have shaped current contemporary a cappella sound and styles.

Debunking Barbershop Myths (G)
Instructed By: Sandy Marron

  • What is the "real science" behind vocal production? When a coach/director says, "you need to get your sound more forward," what is he/she is actually asking you to do, physiologically? A bit of a geeky class, but super cool, fun and logical!

Deciphering the Code (Vowels and Consonants) (D)
Instructed By: Lori Lyford

  • This class will explore ways to match vowel sounds and resonance, and learn about consonants and the foundation of these skills that help singers communicate with audiences.

Effective Rehearsals (D)
Instructed By: Paula Davis

  • Come and explore teaching methods to enhance your rehearsals in your areas of need! See how these methods can impact your chorus members and provide a positive experience with successful outcomes through sectionals, full chorus or any size group of singers.

Characterization – Get Some! (V)
Instructed By:
Judy Pozsgay

  • This highly active class considers the impact of characterization in a performance. Through the use of interactive exercises, the session encourages participants to explore fun and practical ways to infuse more character into a performance or song.

Quartet Coaching Under Glass (Q)
Presented By: ClassRing

  • Two Queens per group (two classes will be taught simultaneously) will coach a quartet during a full hour in front of a live audience. ClassRing members will share techniques to improve all aspects of quartet performance and will include blend, balance and tuning.

Where Do I Start? (A) 
Instructed By: Lynda Keever

  • Participants will be able to arrange a simple 16-bar song and leave with a solid understanding of the basic of barbershop theory and arranging. 

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. • Friday • Elective 2

I Have My Scoresheet – Now What? (G) 
Instructed By: Sandy Marron, Lynda Keever, Judy Pozsgay and Paula Davis

  • What does it really mean when a sound judge says, “Unify approach to tone production for a stronger unit sound?” What does she mean? What does she want? And how do I do that?

Teaching the Adult Learner (D) 
Instructed By: Lori Lyford

  • Research has found that adults learn more effectively when certain elements are present in the learning process. Come explore and apply effective techniques to teaching methods we can use in a chorus rehearsal setting.

Sing Your Part Smart – Tenor, Lead, Baritone, Bass (Section Rehearsal) (G)
Presented By: ClassRing

  • What fun! Experience a section rehearsal with a Queen for just your singing part! Our Queens will share vocal tips and techniques relevant to your part. Bring your symposium song "Celebration" for reference.

1:45 –2:45 p.m. (13:45–14:45) • Friday • Elective 3 

The Heart of Vocal Harmony (G)
Instructed By: Deke Sharon

  • Learn about the current scene by tracing the roots of pop a cappella from chant to madrigals through traditions like barbershop and doo-wop that have influenced the contemporary sound.

Singing in Tune (G)
Instructed By: Lynda Keever and 2019 Queens of Harmony, ClassRing

  • Participants will learn techniques for listening and training their ears to the barbershop style of tuning, and practicing Pythagorean tuning. Attendees will walk away with tools to sing barbershop consistently well in tune.

Creating a Performance Package (V)
Instructed By: Judy Pozsgay

  • Taking a practical approach in discovering various components when putting together an effective and entertaining performance package. Elements include: venue, scheduling, song selection, theme and script development, staging/choreography and emcees.

New Member Care and Retention (L)
Instructed By: Paula Davis

  • The audition is over, now how do we keep her engaged? Explore what attracts and detracts new members from staying and how to care for and keep newest members happy! Learn successful strategies to care for and keep our newest members as they become "experienced."

Filling Your Vocal Toolbox (S/L)
Instructed By: Lori Lyford

  • Recognizing challenges and corrections for problematic vocal production and breaking down potential issues. Take home suggested exercises and techniques to help correct these problems.

Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Directing (D)
Instructed By: Sandy Marron

  • Tips, tricks and tools for any number of leadership challenges. Anyone in a musical leadership role will benefit.      

3–4 p.m. (15:00–16:00) • Friday • Elective 4 

History of A Cappella (G)
Instructed By: Deke Sharon

  • From barbershop to Pentatonix, take a look (and listen) to styles and traditions that have shaped current contemporary a cappella sound and styles.

Characterization – Get Some! (V)
Instructed By: Judy Pozsgay

  • This highly active class considers the impact of characterization on a performance. Through the use of interactive exercises, this session encourages participants to explore fun and practical ways to infuse more character into a performance or song.

Music Theory: The Building Blocks of Our Beloved Art Form (G)
Instructed By: Lynda Keever

  • Attendees will be exposed to the fundamentals of music theory as it applies to barbershop harmony. We’ll discuss chords, voicings, the circle of 5ths, and other darlings of the barbershop chart. Attendees should leave the class no longer intimidated by “MUSIC THEORY."

Building Trust (L)
Instructed By: Paula Davis

  • Explore many aspects of trust: Why we need it, how to build it and how it affects our Sweet Adeline life and beyond!          

Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Directing (D)
Instructed By: Sandy Marron

  • Tips, tricks and tools for any number of leadership challenges. Anyone in a musical leadership role will benefit.      

Filling Your Vocal Toolbox (S/L)
Instructed By: Lori Lyford

  • Recognizing challenges and corrections for problematic vocal production and breaking down potential issues. Take home suggested exercises and techniques to help correct.

Smart Quartet Rehearsals (Q)
Presented By: 2019 Queens of Harmony, ClassRing

  • Gain great tips for creating effective quartet rehearsal time, what you can do between rehearsals (personal responsibility), warming up, song learning strategies and much, much more!

4:30–5:30 p.m. (16:30–17:30) • Friday • Elective 5

Staging and Movement (G)
Instructed By: Deke Sharon

  • Learn principles on positioning singers on stage to maximize tuning, rhythmic unity and connecting with audiences, as well as, core principles for choreography as seen in "Pitch Perfect" and "The Sing Off."

Stop Getting in Your Way and Have the Time of Your Life on Stage! (G)
Instructed By: Lynda Keever

  • Explore ways to silence stage nerves, turn the technical loose and turn every performance into music magic!

Deciphering the Code (Vowels and Consonants) (D)
Instructed By: Lori Lyford

  • This class will explore ways to match vowel sounds and resonance, and learn about consonants and the foundation of these skills that help singers communicate with audiences.

Customizing Lyrics and Music (D)
Instructed By: Sandy Marron

  • Examine customizing like adding breaths, changing rhythms, lyrics, chord voicings and more! Directors: Feel free to bring music for review.

Emcee Techniques (V)
Instructed By: Judy Pozsgay

  • How to be an effective and engaging emcee. We’ll also address pacing/timing, microphone techniques, interaction between multiple emcees and much more!

Quartet Coaching Under Glass (Q)
Presented By: ClassRing

  • Two Queens per group (two classes will be taught simultaneously) will coach a quartet during a full hour in front of a live audience. ClassRing members will share techniques to improve all aspects of quartet performance and will include blend, balance and tuning.

Effective Teamwork (L)
Instructed By: Paula Davis

  • Team building and effective team work is a necessary element of any successful venture. Come explore pathways that lead to successful and positive experiences while working as a team. Discover traps that detract from effective teamwork while sharing challenges and exploring strategies to create a more effective team that leads to a more successful future for your team, chorus or region.

8–9:30 p.m. (20:00–21:30) • Friday • Elective 6 

Symposium Chorus 1 (G)
Directed By: Special Guest
Coached By: Deke Sharon

Symposium Chorus 2 (G)
Directed By: Special Guest
Coached By: Lori Lyford

Building Trust (L)
Instructed By: Paula Davis

  • Explore many aspects of trust: Why we need it, how to build it and how it affects our Sweet Adeline life and beyond!          

The Performing Director (D)
Instructed By: Judy Pozsgay

  • Examine the role of the director and see how body language – visual from front and back – and incorporate the director into a visual plan.

Saturday • July 27, 2019

8:45–9:30 a.m. • Music in the Morning (G)

Because Sleep is Overrated (G)
Presented By: Sandy Marron, Judy Pozsgay and ClassRing

9:45–10:45 a.m. • Saturday • Elective 1

Sing It and Mean It! (G)
Instructed By: Lori Lyford

  • Explore techniques for digging deeply into song lyrics and discover more possibilities for authentic communication and expressiveness.

Singing Games (D, S/L)
Instructed By: Deke Sharon

  • Learn how to harness the physics of sound to build your toolkit, make your groups vocal textures sound more instrumental, increase success with tuning, blend, rhythmic accuracy, and turn a wooden choral melody into a smooth pop phrase and more!

Sing Your Part Smart – Tenor, Lead, Baritone, Bass (Section Rehearsal) (G)
Presented By: ClassRing

  • What fun! Experience a section rehearsal with a Queen for just your singing part! Our Queens will share vocal tips and techniques relevant to your part. Bring your symposium song "Celebration" for reference.

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. • Saturday • Elective 2 

Get Out of the Box! (V)
Instructed By: Judy Pozsgay

  • Explore acting and improvisation. Free up, have fun and step outside your “comfort zones.”

Musicality and Artistry Through Physicality (G)
Instructed By: Paula Davis

  • In performance, often we find that we sacrifice our best vocal skills in the excitement and demands of wanting to reach our audience. Come discover the impact of how our body alignment affects every aspect of our performance – sound, visual and authentic, expressive delivery – and how we can continually reinforce our best musical performance. Hear the difference body alignment makes – you'll be amazed!

Backbeat and Rhythm (G)
Instructed By: Lynda Keever

  • Experience the difference between backbeats and downbeats to promote crisp, rhythmic executions.

Teaching the Adult Learner (D)
Instructed By: Lori Lyford

  • Research shows adults learn more effectively when certain elements are present in the learning process. Come explore and apply these techniques to the kind of teaching methods we can use in a chorus rehearsal setting.

Vocal Warmups the International Way (G)
Instructed By: Alyson Chaney

  • Unity and vowel matching like you've never experienced before! Explore how these fun vocalizes, chants and rounds from all over the world can inject new elements into your vocal warmups. A highly interactive class with plenty of singing.

Contemporary A Cappella Arranging in 10 Steps (A)
Instructed By: Deke Sharon

  • Learn how to create great contemporary a cappella arrangements using a tried and true 10-step formula.

1:45–2:45 p.m. (13:45–14:45) • Saturday • Elective 3

Master Class (G)
Instructed By: Deke Sharon

  • By looking at the four elements of sound (pitch, duration, loudness and timbre) discover how you can improve your group's blend.

Habits of Highly Successful Barbershop Singers (G)
Instructed By: Lori Lyford

  • What does being a barbershopper bring to you as an individual? How do we personally grow, shine and accept challenges? It’s what we do!

Customizing Lyrics and Music (D)
Instructed By: Sandy Marron

  • Examine customizing techniques like adding breaths, changing rhythms, lyrics, chord voicings and more! Directors: Feel free to bring music for review.

Quartet Coaching Under Glass (Q)
Presented By: ClassRing

  • Two Queens per group (two classes will be taught simultaneously) will coach a quartet during a full hour in front of a live audience. ClassRing members will share techniques to improve all aspects of quartet performance and will include blend, balance and tuning.

Personal Performance Instruction (PPI) (G)
Instructed By: Judy Pozsgay

  • Explore and understand the purpose and benefits of PPI’s through live demonstrations and interactive class setting. The real-time feedback to the performer increases self-awareness in how they’re using their instrument and can assist the performer in developing new, healthier singing habits as well as the empowerment to take on greater responsibility as a performer.

Where Do I Start? (A)
Instructed By: Lynda Keever

  • Participants will be able to arrange a simple 16-bar song and leave with a solid understanding of the basic of barbershop theory and arranging.

3–4 p.m. (15:00–16:00) • Saturday • Elective 4

Master Class (G)
Instructed By: Deke Sharon

  • Vocal music performances are much more than just singing. Topics to be discussed: Aspects of performing, increasing both yours and the audiences' enjoyment of a performance, greeting your audience, moving between songs and pacing of a show.

Sing It and Mean It! (G)
Instructed By: Lori Lyford

  • Explore techniques for digging deeply into song lyrics and discover more possibilities for authentic communication and expressiveness.

The Competition Journey (G)
Presented By: ClassRing

  • Travel through the competition experience that encourages, inspires and provides insight into competition preparation to include: Coaching, rehearsal frequency, personal responsibility and managing contest day itself.

4:15–6:30 p.m. (16:15–18:30) • Saturday • Elective 5

4:15–5 p.m. (16:15–17:00) • Symposium Chorus 1 (G)
Directed By: Special Guest
Coached By: Deke Sharon

4:30–5:30 p.m. (16:30–17:30) • Dinner for Symposium Chorus 2

5:45–6:30 p.m. (17:45–18:30) • Symposium Chorus 2 (G) 
Directed By: Special Guest
Coached By: Lori Lyford

5:30–6:30 p.m. (17:30–18:30) • Dinner for Symposium Chorus 1

7–10:30 p.m. (19:00–22:30) • Saturday • Rising Star Quartet Contest


Sunday • July 28, 2019

9–10 a.m. • Music in the Morning (G)

Presented By: Deke Sharon and ClassRing

10:15–11:15 a.m. • Sunday • Elective 1

Master Class (G)
Instructed By: Deke Sharon

  • Engage in techniques that Include tuning, blend and performance presentation.

Habits of Highly Successful Barbershop Singers (G)
Instructed By: Lori Lyford

  • What does being a barbershopper bring to you as an individual? How do we personally grow, shine and be challenged? It’s what we do!

Choosing Suitable Contest Music (D, V, Q)
Instructed By: Lynda Keever

  • Through the lens of the Judging Category Description Book (JCDB), participants will gain solid knowledge of what makes a good competition song, how to identify what they do well, and how to make the connection between whether a particular contest vehicle will flatter them or expose elements not yet tended.

Debunking Barbershop Myths (G)
Instructed By: Sandy Marron

  • What is the "real science" behind vocal production? When a coach/director says, "You need to get your sound more forward," what is he/she is actually asking you to do, physiologically? A bit of a geeky class, but super cool, fun and logical!

Get Out of the Box! (V)
Instructed By: Judy Pozsgay

  • Explore acting and improvisation. Free up, have fun and step outside your “comfort zones.”

Vocal Warmups the International Way (G)
Instructed By: Alyson Chaney

  • Unity and vowel matching like you've never experienced before! Explore how these fun vocalizes, chants and rounds from all over the world can inject new elements into your vocal warmups. A highly interactive class with plenty of singing.

Musicality and Artistry Through Physicality (G)
Instructed By: Paula Davis

  • In performance, often we find that we sacrifice our best vocal skills in the excitement and demands of wanting to reach our audience. Come discover the impact of how our body alignment affects every aspect of our performance – sound, visual and authentic, expressive delivery – and how we can continually reinforce our best musical performance. Hear the difference body alignment makes – you'll be amazed!

Questions?

Sweet Adelines International
Education Department
Education@sweetadelines.com