Choral "Best Friends" - General Music and Children's Choirs
O'Hara Elementary School
Fox Chapel Area School District
115 Cabin Lane
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
October 20, 2018, 9:00am - 1:00pm
For centuries, humans have gathered to experience the joy of singing in a community setting. Come share in this tradition as we highlight the melding of the voice, the ear and the eye, as well as the body (the physical act of singing), the mind (the intellectual act of singing) and the soul (the spiritual act of singing). This session will share community and folk repertoire that is friendly to some of our youngest choristers and will continue through upper elementary level. Fundamentals of healthy vocal production, beginning part singing, aural skill development, tone production and vowel placement will be infused throughout. Members of the O'Hara Elementary (non-auditioned) before school chorus will serve as a demonstration group for part of the session.
Shawn Funk has been working with young voices for more than 30 years and is currently an elementary music specialist and children’s choral director in the Fox Chapel Area School District in Pittsburgh. He has held adjunct professorships in music education at Clarion University, Point Park University and Duquesne University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Clarion University and a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Duquesne University. He has also been the Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Chorus since 2015.
In music education and performance, he holds postgraduate credits from the University of Memphis, Northwestern University, Penn State University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Colorado. He holds level III Orff Certification from the University of Memphis and has pursued advanced choral conducting study with Christine Jordanoff at Duquesne University and Robert Harris at Northwestern University. In addition, he has been a featured presenter at numerous national conferences of the American Orff Schulwerk Association, state, division, and national NAfME conferences, as well as state, division and national ACDA conferences. He has served as the repertoire and standards chair for Children’s Choirs for the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), as well as serving as guest conductor for numerous Choral Festivals throughout the eastern seaboard.