Wednesday, October 19, 2016


The Vocal Gymnasium: For Healthy and Efficient Voice Use

WHEN: Sunday, October 23, from 2 p.m. until 5p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church, Madison Ave., Madison
Registration is $35.00 in advance. Professional development hours are available for New Jersey Teachers.
You can register online at, or make checks payable to Harmonium Choral Society and mail with registration form to: Harmonium Workshops, P. O. Box 1317, Morristown, NJ 07962-1317

Harmonium Choral Society and Grace Community present a choral musicianship workshop for Vocal Health  The Vocal Gymnasium: For Healthy and Efficient Voice Use, with clinician Joan Melton, is appropriate for singers, actors, teachers and all who want to use their voices better at any age. Topics include breath management, pitch, range, resonance and clarity of articulation, the physicality of language and more.

Joan Melton HeadshotDr. Joan Melton is a leading researcher in cross-disciplinary performance techniques and co-founder of One Voice Centre for Integrative Studies. The author of three groundbreaking textbooks, Dancing with Voice: A Collaborative Journey across Disciplines (Voice Theatre Solutions 2015), One Voice: Integrating Singing and Theatre Voice Techniques, with Kenneth Tom, PhD (2nd ed. Waveland 2012), and Singing in Musical Theatre: The Training of Singers and Actors (Allworth 2007), she has worked as a performer, composer, voice coach and/or music director on productions in virtually all media. Joan has taught at leading centers of drama and music in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia and NZ, and currently heads research projects in the US and Australia. She is Emeritus Professor of Theatre, CA State University Fullerton, Associate Artist with New York Classical Theatre, and teaches on the new Musical Theatre program at the Manhattan School of Music.

Harmonium Choral Society, based in Morris County, is one of New Jersey's leading choral arts organizations. The 100-voice choral society has been widely recognized for its musical excellence and innovative programming, and has commissioned and premiered works by Amanda Harberg, Matthew Harris, Elliot Z. Levine, Harmonium's composers-in-residence Mark Miller and Martin Sedek, and others. Directed by Dr. Anne J. Matlack of Madison, Harmonium also sponsors musicianship workshops and an Outreach Chorus which performs in schools, nursing homes and other venues. They sponsor a High School Composition Contest which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, and the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association and have toured internationally, most recently to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia this past June. To subscribe to their upcoming season, visit