Choral Singing and Good Health!

February 27, 2019 at 9:39 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

TK gathered ideas about choral singing — Chamber Singers/Sing for Joy! – take note- we are so lucky!!!

“Singing Changes Your Brain” Stacy Horn

When you sing, musical vibrations move through you, altering your physical and emotional landscape. Group singing, for those who have done it, is the most exhilarating and transformative of all. It takes something incredibly intimate, a sound that begins inside you, shares it with a roomful of people and it comes back as something even more thrilling: harmony. So it’s not surprising that group singing is on the rise. TK Goodie!!!

According to Chorus America, 32.5 million adults sing in choirs, up by almost 10 million over the past six years. Many people think of church music when you bring up group singing, but there are over 270,000 choruses across the country and they include gospel groups to show choirs like the ones depicted in Glee to strictly amateur groups.

As the popularity of group singing grows, science has been hard at work trying to explain why it has such a calming, yet energizing effect on people. What researchers are beginning to discover is that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits.

The elation may come from endorphins, a hormone released by singing, which is associated with feelings of pleasure.  Or it might be from oxytocin, another hormone released during singing, which has been found to alleviate anxiety and stress. Oxytocin also enhances feelings of trust and bonding, which may explain why still more studies have found that singing lessens feelings of depression and loneliness.

A very recent study even attempts to make the case that “music evolved as a tool of social living,” and that the pleasure that comes from singing together is our evolutionary reward for coming together cooperatively, instead of hiding alone – every cave-dweller for him or herself. So voice lessons are like cave dwellers hiding alone?? I don’t think so!!!!

The benefits of singing regularly seem to be cumulative. In one study, singers were found to have lower levels of cortisol, indicating lower stress.  A very preliminary investigation suggesting that our heart rates may sync up during group singing could also explain why singing together sometimes feels like a guided group meditation.  I have certainly experienced that.

Study after study has found that singing relieves anxiety and contributes to quality of life. Dr. Julene K. Johnson, a researcher who has focused on older singers, began a study to examine group singing as an affordable method to improve the health and well being of older adults. Yea!!!

It turns out you don’t even have to be a good singer to reap the rewards. Hmmm.. According to one 2005 study, group singing “can produce satisfying and therapeutic sensations even when the sound produced by the vocal instrument is of mediocre quality.”  Singing groups vary from casual affairs where no audition is necessary to serious, committed professional or avocational choirs like the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

If you want to find a singing group to join, ChoirPlace and ChoralNet are good places to begin, but if you can’t find one at any of these sites, you can always google “choir” or “choral society” and your city or town to find more.We have 11 groups in Bloomington!   Group singing is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and certainly more fun than working out.  WOW

It is the one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guaranteed.  Even if you walked into rehearsal exhausted and depressed, by the end of the night you’ll walk out high as a kite on endorphins and good will. COOL

Accomplish the most in a Lesson or Master Class

September 19, 2009 at 5:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Volunteer State Singers:  Read this and answer the questions.  What are YOUR responsibilities?, your goals?, your reasons for choosing to sing?  Be ready to “dive in” and try new ideas.  TK October 1, 2018

 

1st gear=chest voice, 2nd=passaggio, 4th=head voice

 

What is your responsibility in a voice lesson?

Come to your lesson with a specific agenda.
Don’t be afraid of trying something new in the way of making sound. No one expects you to be perfect the first time out.

Never give your power away.
Experience is almost always the best teacher.

Trust your own instincts.
You are in charge of your own life.
If you don’t run your own life, someone or something else will.
You are unique. There will never be another talent or voice like yours to be heard or experienced by others, so with the help of your teacher, decide how to connect to your voice. Share it in performance.
Discover who you are at your very core. Express that to the world through your voice.
Risk being who you are and ask for what you want. Believe you can have it and then be ready to receive it.
It works!

Thomas King taught a “group” voice lesson.

July 20, 2018 at 2:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
College professor visits Seymour High School choral department
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Eleven pieces of paper were taped to the walls around the Seymour High School choir room.

The messages included “Random acts of kindness,” “Move, soar, sail,” “Just do it,” “No one can make you feel inferior without consent,” “How you do anything is how you do everything” “and “Positive attitude, charge ahead, enjoy yourself.”

CAP students at IU:  Remember these sayings!  especially “How you do anything is how you do everything!”

These were among the thoughts Thomas King, assistant professor of music at DePauw University in Greencastle, shared while talking about vocal technique with three different choirs.

King’s hope is that the students apply those thoughts to music and life.

“It’s so that they realize that each one of them is an individual and needs to start at this point and go somewhere with it,” he said. “And if it’s not in music, that’s OK, too. It’s just in life.”

King has an extensive background in music education and performing. He has given voice lessons since 1970, and he taught high school choirs for 11 years. He’s now in his 28th year of teaching at the collegiate level. Also on his résumé are several operas and musicals.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Tribune and online at tribtown.com.

Pictures from past performances

January 3, 2017 at 6:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

There have been over 27,000 visits to my web site.

My various roles over the years I most CERTAINLY have had fun

Anguished Witch, Hansel & Gretel, Roxy 2009


Witch Atlanta 1978

Kismet, summer stock in 1969

KISMET, summer stock St. Louis, 1969

King Kaspar Atlanta 1978

Old Deuteronomy CATS Roxy 2009

Old Deuteronomy CATS Roxy 2009

The Conferencier in CABARET - Germany 1984

The Conferencier in CABARET – Germany 1984

1969 Handsome Prince in Snow White, Muny

Wenzel – Bartered Bride – Atlanta 1985

Fridolin – Rose von Stambul – Germany 1983

Eisenstein – Fledermaus – Atlanta 1979

Tannhäuser – Tannhäuser Spoof – Germany 1985

Tannhäuser

Magic Flute Santa Fe 1968 Slave

Conferencier in Cabaret 1984 Germany

w/ Gateway Chamber Orchestra

w/ Gateway Chamber Orchestra 2012

Witch Hansel and Gretel, Roxy 1998

Longfellow 2013

Polenblut Operetta Germany 1984

Old Arithmetic Man 2014 Ravel

Old Arithmetic Man 2014 Ravel “L’enfant et les sortilèges”

TK ACTIVITIES – over 27,000 visits to my web site

January 2, 2017 at 5:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
2019     *Judged AllTech Competition (12th year in a row), University of Kentucky, March 10, 2019, Lexington, KY
*Sang 11 performances with “Reimagining Opera for Kids,” in “The Lunchbox Project” as Malcolm, the PB&J loving fourth grader!  September 2018- April 2019
2018     *Sang Tenor Solos in Mozart Vespers, Volunteer State Community College, Nashville, TN, April 22, 2018
*Gave Master Class, Oakwood University, March 26, 2018, Huntsville, AL,
*Sang solos in Handel-Messiah, Easter portion   Bloomington Chamber Singers, March 18, 2018, Bloomington, IN
*Judged AllTech Competition (11th year in a row), University of Kentucky, March 11, 2018, Lexington, KY
*Sang Solo for Trinity Episcopal Church Pops concert, February 12, 2018, Bloomington, IN
*Trip to Berlin, Germany to strengthen German skills for “German Diction” class at DePauw, Decem. 26, 2017 – Jan. 5, 2018
 2017      *Solo Haus Konzert, featured six historical keyboard instruments accompanying me, Bloomington, IN, December 22, 2017
 *Sang solo in Handel-Messiah, Christmas portion    Bloomington Chamber Singers, December 17, 2017, Bloomington, IN
 *Led Christmas Carol Sing,    Friday Musicale, Belle Trace Retirement Home, Bloomington, IN, December 7, 2017
*Tenor section leader,  Bloomington Chamber Singers, Feast on Bach, Bloomington, IN, December 3, 2017
*Took part in several Christmas Carol “Sings,”    at Indiana University, Meadowood Retirement Home, Oliver Winery, Bloom Magazine, November 14, December 8, 12, 19, 2017
*Thomas King and Vicki King performed    Schubert Songs, Mascagni, Santiago, Grieg Ave Marias for Sigma Alpha Iota Musicale, September 24, 2017, Bloomington, IN
*Command Performance,  on a bus tour in Alaska, August 8, 2017
*Promoted    two year graduate of Vocal Arts at DePauw, Dexter Griffin, in his debut solo recital, Bloomington, IN, July 22, 2017
*Thomas and Vicki King performed    The Call Ralph Vaughan Williams, Trinity Episcopal Church, Gatlinburg, TN, June 4, 2017
*Judge for AllTech competition (tenth year in a row), University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, March 5, 2017
 *Sang Solo    at Pops Concert, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington, IN February 5, 2017
2016     TK and Vicki King performed guest faculty recital, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, November 14, 2016
Led workshop for performance anxiety, excellence in performing, choral music tips, Seymour High School, Seymour, IN November 2016
TK —  Performance Anxiety workshop, DePauw University July 21, 2016, Greencastle, IN  *PARTICIPANTS- See “Stage Fright” heading on my web site.  Go to it for review of the activities we did.  Contact me as needed.  I want YOU to be the best and most confident performer you can possibly be!

Daisy Cabaret invitation

TK narrated DAISY CABARET, the life and times of Daisy Hinkle-Garton, Farmstead, Bloomington, IN, April 16-17, 2016 (see flyer)
TK judged Classical Singer High School division first round, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, March 12, 2016
TK judged AllTech competition, University of Kentucky, Lexington, March 6, 2016
TK judged DePauw University Concerto Competition, Greencastle, February 25, 2016
TK and Vicki King performed an “overview of opera” concert, Meadowwood Retirement Village, Bloomington, February 12, 2016
TK and Vicki King performed at the Trinity Episcopal Church pops concert, Bloomington, February 7, 2016
TK and Vicki King performed Guest Faculty Recital, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN, February 1, 2016
TK sang solos, Delmar Gardens Retirement Home, Atlanta, GA, January 17, 2016
2015      TK sang solo in Messiah, Bloomington Chamber Singers, Bloomington, IN December 13, 2015
TK judged Indiana State  NATS, DePauw University, October 2015
TK received 50 year Phi Mu Alpha pin, 2015, New Orleans, LA
TK and Vicki gave recital, July 12, 2015, Hickory, MS
TK gave Performance Anxiety workshop, DePauw University June 15, 2015, Greencastle, IN
TK  judged NATS, GREAT LAKES Region, Anderson University, March 2015, Anderson, IN
TK judged AllTech Competition, University of Kentucky, March 2015, Lexington, KY
TK judged Concert Competition, DePauw University, February 2015, Greencastle, IN

VISIT  Thomas King on YouTube & on the web sites below.                                                                                          Thomas King sings Rote Rose  Tenors – Once Again Thomas King         Visit the sites below for more of  TK’s singing. http://soundcloud.com/joshua-alan-lindsay/sets/of-snow-ice-burning-sand-1?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=facebook&utm_content=http%3A%2F%2Fsoundcloud.com%2Fjoshua-alan-lindsay%2Fsets%2Fof-snow-ice-burning-sand-1      CHOOSE MOVEMENT 3 “THE GOOD KNIGHT”
 http://tadmor.ws/Cantata/ThankYouDrsKing_8-27-2011.html
Of snow, ice, burning sand. (Second Performance) 
choose movement 3  “The Good Knight”
soundcloud.com

Libby Larsen website, go to voice, go to I Cried unto God

TK VK Faculty Recital

January 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

tkvk-recitalAttend our faculty recital  MONDAY, November 14, 2016 at 7:30 p. m. at DePauw University, Thompson Recital Hall.

We will offer: Art songs by Purcell, Schubert, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Fauré and John Duke —Broadway show tunes by Kurt Weill and Frederick Loewe —Arias by Johann Strauss, Douglas Moore, Bedrich Smetana, George Gershwin
We promise a “fun” time will be had by all. I sang many funny roles on stage over my 45 year career and will offer some selections from those roles.
tkvk-good To those add the beautiful, lyrical melodies of Fauré, the stately songs of Purcell and the deeply moving songs of Franz Schubert, Clara and Robert Schumann.
DePauw is celebrating Kurt Weill this season with “Street Scene,” in February and I will add to that celebration with “September Song,” reminding myself of the long years I have lived.
 

DePauw Syllabi SP 2016

January 28, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Vocal Lit II and French Diction for Singers are both available under DePauw.

Guest Faculty Recital DePauw University

January 18, 2016 at 6:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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Drs. Vicki and Thomas King performed at DePauw University School of Music on February 1, 2016. Thomas has been teaching there since Fall of 2015 and will continue this spring and the entire school year of 2016-2017.  The Kings have been performing together since they met in graduate school at Indiana University in 1968.
Among the repertoire for the recital are songs by Indiana composers, Ned Rorem and David Baker. Also included are three DePauw premiers, songs by Al Benner and a song by Libby Larsen, commissioned by Dr. Vicki King for her husband on the occasion of his 65th birthday.

Official Announcements of TK University Teaching 2015-2018

December 17, 2015 at 7:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I was engaged to teach voice at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University-Bloomington, for the SPRING semester of 2015 and I continued for FALL 2015, SPR 2016, SPR 2017, SPR and FALL 2018.  I was Visiting Professor of Voice, substituting for three different voice professors on sabbatical and on performance leaves. To be teaching at my own alma mater (from 1968-70) was thrilling indeed.

FALL of 2015 I taught Vocal Literature and German Diction for Singers at DePauw University School of Music and in SPR 2016, I taught Vocal Literature and French Diction.  In FALL 2016 and SPR 2017, I taught the same courses AND a few private voice students as well. FALL of 2017 and SPR 2018 I taught German Diction, then French Diction, still at DePauw University.

Tenors Again starring Vicki King, Randall Black, Jeremy Easley & Thomas King

Tenors Again starring Vicki King, Randall Black, Jeremy Easley & Thomas King

TK and Vicki King perform Barber Songs

September 7, 2015 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sure on This Shining Night

The Crucifixion

Rain has Fallen

These three Barber Songs are among our favorites, performed in Kentucky in 2013

See Libby Larsen web site

August 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

<Libbylarsen.com>  web site features Thomas and Vicki King, “I Cried unto God.”

See and hear us listed under VOICE choices. Vicki commissioned this song in 2010 for my 65th birthday.

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