THE CURSE OF THE PIANO
This session will encourage directors and choristers alike to build confidence in rehearsing without the aid of a piano by supporting and developing skills in tuning pure intervals. The presentation will reference recent research on choral pedagogy and performance. Participants will have the opportunity to sing with the aid of the Yamaha Harmony Director Keyboard and to experience singing in pure intonation. Practical methods for choral directors to counter problems caused by rehearsing with piano and to enable choristers to understand, practice and perform successfully with just intonation will be demonstrated and discussed.
Elizabeth Scott graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1995 having earned the prestigious Student of the Year Award and the Reuben F. Scarf Scholarship for academic and musical excellence.
Elizabeth was the Assistant Chorus Master to Sydney Philharmonia Choirs from 2006 to 2008 and was the Acting Music Director for the first half of 2013. She 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. She is the Associate Conductor of Sydney Chamber Choir and is also in demand as a guest choral director for ensembles including Canberra Choral Society, Coro Innominata, Macquarie University Singers and Orpheus Choral Music.
Elizabeth is a graduate of Symphony Australia’s Conductor Development Program and was awarded the Sydney Choral Symposium Foundation Choral Conducting Scholarship in 2008. She works regularly with Cantillation and has performed and recorded with Pinchgut Opera and The Song Company. Elizabeth is currently completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting.