Garrett Lindenbaum

February 8, 2018 at 9:59 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Ethan Fischerweise

February 6, 2018 at 6:42 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ethan, Here are the three verses. Notice closed and open vowels.  Notice durch  WITHOUT the R.

BCS TK recordings

January 16, 2018 at 10:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SEE PERFORMANCE ORDER #1, #2, #3, etc. below

#1 Sehet, wir gehn hinauf…  BWV #159


#3  Erfreut Euch, ihr Herzen  BWV #66,  #1  & Chorale

ø  œ  ɔ  ə  ∫ ç   x    ε:   ε   ŋ ʒ ɲ ɐ  ɒ   ɚ ɝ   ʀ ʁ ʊ

ADDED IDEA FOR “softening” the herrschet word!   TRY hεr-∫U  [rhymes with “foot”]  and less and less “t”  at the end, AND/OR,   TRY hεr-∫  – just the sh sound, with NO vowel and a very light ending T.   

Notice  repeated diphthong, single vowel and soft, airy “ch” sounds

The “eu” combination is  [ɔø] in IPA.  It rhymes with my middle name, Roy.


Use a very closed [o]   for froh and Trost, more closed than we have in English.

The “ch” combination in this piece is ALWAYS the “airy’ one, soft and only air escaping. Practice saying Human, with an exaggerated, longer airy H.  This “ch” sound in NEVER harsh or “spitty.”     euch  entweichet   geistliches  Reich 

[ky-ri-e   e -lεIs]  This is a bit different from the hand out Gerry gave us.

First of all, we DO sing the final e in kyrie, so I added the closed e for that.

Secondly, the ei combination in German Latin (actually Greek!) is different from the pure German ei combination.  Think  Hawaiian necklace, then add an [s] sound, or even the English word “lace.”


#2  Christ lag in Todesbanden    BWV #4  CORO Verse I

SOPRANOS ONLY  For your half and whole notes, we will sing a MORE rounded [ə] ending. As I suggested last Tuesday, because the [ə] is sung so long, try a rounded, bit tinier end for the following words (the underlined “e”).

Measures   4,            6,            9,       10,   12,               23,       34,       44,       54

……………Todes, Banden,   unsre,         gegeben, erstanden, Leben, sollen, loben

By m. 58 and beyond, Sopranos, you have faster notes, so use regular [ə].

Christ lag, ALL voices Coro Verse I

Notice OPEN [U], tall vowels  unsre, und, uns.  Notice closed vowels, VERY closed für, gegeben, er, leben, ihm, Halleluja.

Coro Verse IV

Notice OPEN [U] tall vowels wunder.., und, rungen, verschlungen. closed vowels Tod, Leben, den, dem.  Notice very OPEN vowel  [ɔ] Spott, short and tall.

Chorale Versus VII

[U] und, Christus     [ɔ] Koste   very OPEN O

closed – leben, wohl, Oster-, der, dem, Seel

keins [ka:enZ] voiced Z -prettier and clear into glottal “andern”


#4  Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt BWV #112     Coro Versus  I

closed and long Der, Hute, mir, Gute, er, ohn, wohl- Zum, tue, fro-, Geboten, wegen.

Hute, Gute are schwa [ə] endings, but ROUND them MORE because of length.

:Irgend :an :einem   THREE glottals in a row.

wächst  [vεçst] , speak it SLOWLY 3 times. From ç to plain s is a SUBTLE difference. TK on recording says [vεçs] and elides into das [vεçs-das]



#5  Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen BWV #43


Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen       Und der Herr mit heller Posaunen

Lob-singet Gott, lob-singet unserm Könige.           closed —   der, Po-saunen, Lob, Könige


  1. Du Lebensfürst, Herr Jesus Christ, der du bist aufgenommen.

gen Himmel, da dein Vater ist und die Gemein der Frommen,

wie soll ich deinen grossen Sieg, den du durch einen schweren Krieg erworben hast,

recht preisen und dir g’nug Ehr erweisen?

  1. Zieh uns dir nach, so laufen wir, gib uns des Glaubens Flügel!

Hilf, dass wir fliehen weit von hier auf Isra:elis Hügel!

Mein Gott! Wenn fahr ich doch dahin, wo selbst ich ewig fröhlich bin?

Wenn werd ich vor dir stehen, dein Angesicht zu sehen?

Many closed – see bold and italicized

Thomas and Vicki perform Vaughan Williams

June 6, 2017 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We perform “The Call” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, minutes 1:45 to 4:09, June 4, 2017, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Future Ideas for high school students in Seymour

January 9, 2017 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Look under IU Voice for:

One Page Voice Lesson

Warm ups

Health & Positive Attitude

Mark, Mike, Warm/Cool

You, of course, may browse the entire web site if you wish. Questions, comments?  Write me @

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


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
*Trip to Berlin,    Germany to strengthen German skills for “German Diction” class at DePauw, December 26, 2017 – January 5, 2018
 *Solo Haus Konzert,    featuring six different historical keyboard instruments accompanying Thomas King, Bloomington, IN, December 22, 2017
 *Sang solo in Handel-Messiah,    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.      CHOOSE MOVEMENT 3 “THE GOOD KNIGHT”
Of snow, ice, burning sand. (Second Performance) 
choose movement 3  “The Good Knight”

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. Also, see MOODLE for more information.

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.
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