Summer 2020 Virtual

SMIA Conference

Working with Instrumentalists & Soloists

Ms. Emily Lapisardi

Sacred Music History & Chant

This presentation provides practical guidance for successfully incorporating instrumentalists and soloists in your church’s music program.  Topics include repertoire selection, transposing and arranging for specific needs, rehearsal practices, and a discussion of the suitable roles for instruments in the liturgy.  Emily Lapisardi will address working with volunteer vocal soloists and instrumentalists and also discuss best practices for the use of professional guest musicians.  She will also outline her experiences with the West Point Catholic Chapel’s “pocket orchestra,” an ever-changing ensemble including brass, strings, woodwinds, and timpani which plays for weekend Masses throughout the academic year.

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