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Umeå Akademiska Kör
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Umeå Akademiska Kör has been made up by the participants of the independant university courses: Choir- and Ensemble-singing 1-10 cp, 11-20 cp, Ensemble-singing: Medieval and Renaissance, 10cp) and Ensemble-singing: Folkmusic, 10cp (1 cp, one credit point corresponds to one week full time studies.)
The instructor has been Örjan Larsson at Department of Aesthetics, Faculty of Teacher Education, Umeå Universitet.

Next course in Ensemble-singing 30 cp - Cancelled
The goal of the course is to develope the talant to sing in ensembles and enhance knowledge in composition, arranging and ensemble-improvisation. The course covers knowledge of repetoars from different genres, voice training, music theory, music creation, ensemble methodology, basic singing technique and scenic interpretation. Application code: UMU-66698. Course length: 2007 week 36 to 2008 week 23. Location: Umeå. Language: Swedish. Scheme: 50 percent mixed day-evening-weekend times. Application: no later than April 15, 2007. Late application possible if low number of students.

Course leader and musical instructor. Örjan Larsson
Music teacher and voice teacher at the University of Umeå with a MFA in Music Education at the School of Music in Gothenburg and with Rut Jakobsson as teacher in singing. He has participated as chorist in the Gösta Ohlin Vocal Ensemble, the Gothenburg Chamber Choir and the Swedish Radio Choir, among others, and in several of the productions of the Norrland Opera. He created and conducted the vocal ensemble Umelodica, which i.e. set up the opera Polly. He is a tenor chorist in Erik Westbergs Vocal Ensemble and the international Barent Choir

Concerts
Part of the examination constitutes of concerts. At the end of each term, various ensembles sing for elderly. Further, the entire choir gives additional concerts with free entrance. At these occasions songs are performed in ensembles, full choir as well as double and/or tripple choirs.

Exercise support
Rehersal of the song-repetoire can be made effectively with various repertoire-data-files (MIDI, PDF, NWC och MP3).
Here are free programs to open the data-files, and some hints how the programs could be used

Theory
Composer bibliograhy (links). Thoughts about music. Thoughts about folk music with Swedish music examples (MP3-files). A personal collection of Swedish folkmusic (NWC-, MIDI- and PDF-files). Early Music Map which covers composer bibliography, discography, sheet links (MIDI and PDF-files) and performing examples (MP3-files). Sing la Renaissance - an example of amateur ensemble singing at home (MP3-files). Early Music Examples and Folk-Music Examples discussed during the courses in Medieval and Renaissance Ensemble Singing and Folk Music Ensemble Singing, respectively (password protected MP3-files).

Links
A selection of links to music-data-bases and choir home-pages containing MIDI-, PDF-, NWC- and MP3-files with choral music.

Earlier course in Choir- and Ensemble-singing 1-10 cp
This course open the possibility to develop the talant to sing in various ensemble sizes with repetoires from various styles and epoches. The course covers choir- and ensemble-singing, voice- and intonation practise, knowledge of various repertoires, practise in a-vista-song and music theory. The major part of the examination is the ensemble- and choir-concerts. Ste studies takes place during evening time and during some weekends and preceeds with a tempo corresponding to a quarter of time study. Selection to the the course is done to fulfil balance between the voices (alto, soprano, tenor and bass).

Earlier course in Choir- and Ensemble-singing 11-20 cp
The goal of the course is to maintain and develop the singing ability of each student, enhance knowledge of repertoire from various styles and epoches, and develope to sing and conduct smaller or bigger ensembles at a high artistic level. The course cover choir- and ensemble-singing exercises, ensemble conduction and interpretation, seminars and concerts. The course partly is mixed with the course in Choir- and Ensemble-singing 1-10 cp. The course require examination from Choir- and Ensemble-singing 1-10 cp. Selection to the course is done to fulfil balance between the voices (alto, soprano, tenor and bass).

Earlier course in Ensemble-singing, Medieval and Renaissance, 10cp
The goal of the course is to develope the talant to sing with focus on repetoar from Middle Ages and Renaissance, and to develope to the talant to sing and conduct smaller or bigger ensembles at a high artistic level. The course covers choir- and ensemble-singing exercises, voice exercises, music theory, methodology of ensemble excercises, conducting practise, survey of music history, listning to musik, knowledge of repetoars, musical interpretation and concerts.
The student selection to the course is done to fulfil balance between the voices (alto, soprano, tenor and bass).

Earlier course in Ensemble-singing, Folkmusic, 10cp
The goal of the course is to develope the talant to sing with focus on Folk-Music inspired repetoare from all of the world, and to develope to the talant to sing and conduct smaller or bigger ensembles at a high artistic level. The course covers choir- and ensemble-singing exercises, voice exercises, music theory, methodology of ensemble excercises, conducting practise, listning to musik, knowledge of repetoars, musical interpretation, choir arrangement for school use, seminars and concerts. The student selection to the course is done to fulfil balance between the voices (alto, soprano, tenor and bass).

Other open music activities at Umeå Universitet - but without formal education and examination.

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