Is music an important part of your life? Do you love to sing? Do you value the beauty of music? If so, then come be a part of the first ever La Jolla Community Center Choir under the direction of noted arranger, pianist and conductor Gail McKinney, former TV artist and music teacher/artistic director at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Enjoy the fun of singing classical, pop, jazz, spirituals, holiday and world music. Experience the thrill of sharing music with others through performance. In addition, learn about vocal technique, vocal production, sight singing and ear training. Join us for an introductory session on Monday, 4:00 – 5:30pm, September 24th. Let’s show the community what you’ve got….. through using the talents that you have!!! Mondays, 4:00 – 5:30pm, October 1 – December 10, 2012 (Future dates to be determined.) Prior vocal/choral experience helpful. Don’t miss out! The next session is Monday, 10/1 at 4pm. If you have ever wanted to sing in a choir, this is the chance, with a real professional to lead us. Sign up now! Weekly classes are only $10 for members, $15/Non-Members. You will learn how to sing better, learn harmonies, arrangements and performance. See Testimonials Participant #1: “Mrs. McKinney is a treasure! She is so experienced; a professional. She teachers choir teachers! We are so lucky to have her train us in technique and will be writing arrangements for the choir the LJCC is forming. Be a part of it! We need at least 15 singers to make it work the best. The first session was really fun and encouraging.” Participant #2: The level of experience of the first group varied from novice to professional, both men and women! Everyone was very supportive of each other. Gail McKinney knows how to work with all levels of singers. Singing in a group will make us all better. This is going to be a fun experience and we will be performing for the LJCC in a few months!” About Gail McKinney GAIL MOSER MCKINNEY, B.A., M.A., began her musical career at age three when she began studying the accordion. At a young age she began playing professionally as a regularly featured artist, known as “The Sunshine Girl,” on national radio and television, and continued her T.V. career through her teens. As a young girl, Gail performed with such noted personalities as Buddy Hackett, Hugh O’Brian, James Arness, Lawrence Welk, famed female band director, Ina Ray Hutton, and appeared as a regular on the Dude Martin Show and Doye O’ Dell’s Western Varieties. She also toured Brazil and much of Europe presenting concerts, performing on television and working with youth choirs. Gail has performed at the White House as well. Formerly an elementary classroom teacher for seven years, Gail has taught high school and college choral music for over thirty years. Most notably, she was the Music Department Chairperson at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts where she taught all levels of choir, voice, theory and piano for twenty-eight years. In addition she was the Magnet Resource Teacher and Artistic Director of the school before retiring in June, 2007. Gail’s groups were highly acclaimed for their exceptional work in both traditional choral literature as well as vocal jazz. Her “Choral Ensemble” consistently received top honors, Superior/Gold awards, Judge’s Awards and Sweepstakes Honors at both classical “and” jazz festivals, throughout the state and nationally. Her groups performed at the California Music Educators Association, the International Association of Jazz Educators, the American Choral Directors Association conferences and various other state and local conventions. In addition, they have sung for the Padres and have performed in concerts with Paul Anka and Reba McEntire. Her groups have taken annual tours to middle and northern California, Las Vegas, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Hawaii, Atlanta, New Orleans, Orlando, Toronto, Vancouver B.C., New York and Philadelphia. In addition, Gail was the Vocal Director and Pit Orchestra Pianist for over 40 Broadway Musicals produced at SCPA, including such shows as West Side Story, The Wiz, Purlie, and was the Conductor as well for Les Miserable and 42nd Street. Gail’s past students include Tony Award Winners Christian Hoff of “Jersey Boys” and Sara Ramirez of “Spamalot,” currently starring as Dr. Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy Gail is an accomplished pianist, organist and noted arranger and has frequently arranged for her jazz groups which were recognized as some of the finest in the country. Although now retired, Gail continues to keep active in the choral music realm and works frequently as a clinician, adjudicator, arranger, guest conductor and university supervisor for music student teachers and interns. Gail has received the CMEA/SBS Jazz Educator Award and Choral Educator Award, the MacKenzie-Haney Award for Outstanding Choral Teaching, the CMEA/SBS Fortissimo Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choral Music and the CMEA Retired Teacher of the Year Award.
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