Jo-Michael Scheibe chairs the Thornton School of Music’s department of choral and sacred music at the University of Southern California. No stranger to the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), Scheibe served as National President (2011-2013), National President Elect (2008-2011), Western Division President (1991-1993), and National Repertoire and Standards Chairperson for Community Colleges (1980-1989). Ensembles under his leadership have sung at seven national ACDA conventions, two national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference and at the National Conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization. The USC Thornton Chamber Singers were one of twenty-five choirs selected to perform at the Tenth World Choral Symposium in Seoul, Korea in August 2014. The Chamber Singers were recently featured at the 2015 ACDA National Conference in Salt Lake City.
A champion of contemporary music, Scheibe regularly commissions and performs new works of choral literature. Music publishers Walton, Colla Voce Music, Pavane, and Santa Barbara distribute the Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series internationally.
2016 Breakout Sessions
The Purpose-Driven Warm-ups
Description: Well crafted warmups are a crucial tool in planning an effective and productive rehearsal. This presentation will explore the purposes of various warmups as they relate to rehearsal elements, including physical and mental focus, breathing, vocalization, and tuning.
Seating, Placement, and Vital Colors for Your Choir: An Approach to Seating Individual Voices
Placement of voices within an ensemble can greatly affect the overall sound. This presentation will look at schools of thought on choral sound and the approaches to handling differing timbres and vibratos within the choral ensemble.
Vowels, Vowels, Vowels: What About the Consonants?
Let's have a look at intonation and the role of consonants. Vowels are commonly the only focus in a choral rehearsal. This presentation will explore the importance of consonants and their affective role in phonation and tuning within an ensemble.
Effective Rehearsal Management: Time Management in the Choral Rehearsal
Everyone wants their rehearsal to be efficient and effective. This presentation will explore approaches to rehearsal planning to maximize the use of time and quality of that time spent with singers.
Conducting Master Class for the Church Musician
Working in a hands-on laboratory environment with a live choir and conductors, comments and insights regarding conducting gesture and vocal production will be shared. Conductors will be asked to rehearse/conduct a piece, or portion of a piece, while receiving real time feedback and suggestions.