Lux is committed to aiding in the education of the next generation of young choral singers. In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, we know teachers are searching for online resources to help continue giving their students the phenomenal choral education experience they deserve. We wanted to help by providing a few resources, ourselves. We've started off with a couple of videos about texture, introducing monophony, homophony, and polyphony. Introducing Lux's Educational Miniseries!
Lux's Education Initiative
Part of Lux's mission, aside from breaking the formality and financial barriers surrounding classical choral music, is to create opportunities for and inspire the next generation of young choral artists. As a group which began with a small group of high school students, we believe deeply in the ability of young musicians around the country and the world to organize, lead, and perform at a high level. As such, we work with high school students both inside and outside of school to inspire them to create their own opportunities, and to assist them along the way.
Aside from our pedigree as a professional ensemble and the ability to bring these skills into the classroom, Lux brings a fresh look to choral outreach for students. With a young core of professional singers who got our start as high schoolers, we know and remember well what it's like being a choral singer in high school, not to mention what it's like to start your own ensemble while in school, and hone your craft as a young singer and/or conductor. We use this to our advantage, as we want students to feel like they know us as people rather than only professionals, because when students are comfortable with the people around them, that's when they learn the most. As performers and educators, we use our professional experiences to inform our teaching, and our relative youth to relate it back to students to do more than just educate, but to inspire them to join the choral world head-on!
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In this installment of our Educational Miniseries, learn about monophony, homophony, and polyphony. Use Lux's commercial recordings to identify all these, as well as imitative polyphony, among high-quality repertoire spanning hundreds of years! This section culminates in the final video, in which director Robby Napoli explains how he uses texture to inform his interpretations of older music, which often lacks the interpretive markings we often see from composers today.
Composer Interviews: Songs From Home
Watch exclusive full-length composer interviews featured in our 2020 virtual program, Songs From Home. Director Robby Napoli chats with some of today's most exciting composers, discussing their careers, what they're doing in quarantine, and the stories behind the pieces featured in our program. We start with the young and accomplished Adrian B. Sims, moving to ground-breaking composers Dale Trumbore & David Hurd, and ending with the internationally-acclaimed Paul Mealor.
Masterclass Miniseries: Good Night Dear Heart
Taken from the resources for the Lux Virtual Choir, which featured singers from Chesapeake, Clarksburg, and Walter Johnson High Schools (Maryland, USA). This series features a video message from one Lux singer from each voice part describing and showing our high school singers what goes through their mind as they prepare and perform Dan Forrest's 'Good Night, Dear Heart'.