Dr. Carolina Flores, Clinician. Warm-ups are crucial for the development of choral blend and the vocal technique of each singer in the ensemble.
This workshop will present a series of warm ups that I found are easy and vocally healthy for adult choirs. We will discuss physical engagement, alignment, breath, vowels/consonants, vocal registers, and vocal agility. Most exercises can be either applied or modify to be used with youth and children’s choirs. Participants will have the opportunity to create warm-ups based on repertoire, so don’t miss this fun and interactive workshop.
Participants: Please bring 1-2 of your favorite warm-ups. There will be time for sharing! No pre-requisite to have attended Session I. Join us!
9:00 AM – Refreshments
10:00 AM – Program starts
First United Church of Christ, Milford, CT – Choir Room
34 West Main Street, Milford, CT
About our Clinician
Carolina Flores is a Professor of Music at Manchester Community College, CT, where she teaches Conducting, Diction, Piano Class, Private Piano, Music Ear-Training, Music Theory, Music History and Appreciation, and directs the MCC Chorale and the MCC Madrigal Singers. The MCC Music program is nationally accredited by NASM (National Association of Schools of Music). In addition to her position at MCC, she is the Director of Music and Choirmaster at St. Theresa R.C. Church in Trumbull, CT, and the Artistic Chorale Director of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. Dr. Flores was awarded the 2015 Excellence of Teaching Award at MCC, the national 2016 NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2018 National Hispanic Heritage MCC Employee Award (State of CT). She has served in the Connecticut chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (CT-ACDA) in several capacities, including as president (2013-2015).
A native of Spain, frequent lecturer, adjudicator, and clinician, Dr. Flores has previously been the choir director of the University Chorus at the University of Rhode Island, the Choate Rosemary Hill Chamber Singers, and the all-male chorus of Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT. She was also an Artist Teacher at the Hartt School, University of Hartford until the spring of 2015, where she taught Choral Conducting, graduate Choral Literature, and served as an independent graduate study advisor and staff accompanist in the vocal department. She has also directed the Hartt Chorale, the Hartt Camerata, and the Hartt Chamber singers on their tours in Spain (2004), Italy (2014), and Hungry and the Czeck Republic (2017). The choir for these last two tours was formed of the Hartt Tour Choir and members of the Manchester Community College choirs. She has sung professionally with ProArte singers and has been a member of the Yale Camerata, and the Yale Pro Musica chamber choir, including while the choir was in residence at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London (England).
Dr. Flores is an accomplished pianist and has obtained degrees in music education and piano pedagogy at the Superior Conservatory of Music in Zaragoza and the Royal Superior Conservatory of Music in Madrid, respectively. In addition, she earned BM and MM degrees in piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and a D.M.A. in choral conducting at The Hartt School, University of Hartford, CT.