Singing in the Instrumental Rehearsal
Session: Singing in the instrumental rehearsal – why and how. As Richard Gill told us many times – singing is the basis of all music making. Singing supports a wider musical understanding by requiring young musicians to internalise, listen and think before making a sound. Singing builds listening and aural skills, improves sight reading and develops an understanding of phrasing and musical intention. It makes us better musicians. But how do I incorporate singing into the instrumental rehearsal and how do I get my students to sing? This presentation answers these questions, demonstrates and shares practical ideas about how to get students singing and how to build their listening and aural skills.
Elizabeth Scott graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with the Student of the Year Award and the Reuben F. Scarf Scholarship for academic and musical excellence. She then undertook post-graduate studies in choral conducting, vocal performance and aural training in Hungary and Germany before returning to Australia in 2004. Elizabeth is a graduate of Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development Program and was awarded the Sydney Choral Symposium Foundation Choral Conducting Scholarship in 2008.
Elizabeth has been the Musical Director of Vox, Sydney Philharmonia’s youth choir since 2008 and has built this ensemble into one of Australia’s leading youth choirs. Elizabeth regularly works as a chorus master for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and has prepared choirs for conductors including Simone Young, David Robertson, and Charles Dutoit.
Elizabeth is very active in music education at The Arts Unit, a specialist branch of the NSW Department of Education, working as an orchestral and choral conductor at camps, festivals, weekly ensembles and Schools Spectacular.
Elizabeth is the conductor of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Choir where she recently completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts. She works regularly with Cantillation and has performed and recorded with Pinchgut Opera and The Song Company.