THE choral division of the Serumula Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) is set to host a vocal performance seminar facilitated by renowned South African choristers Andre De Kock and Matilda Hornsveld.
Scheduled for 18 to 20 March 2016, the seminar is meant to train soloists on how to choose, interpret and present an aria (an elaborate melody sung solo).
According to SPAA choir conductor, Lehlomela Tente, local choristers would also be taught how to use their hands and faces to make meaningful gestures during a performance.
Tente told Xpress People this past week that local soloists still had a long way to go before reaching international levels, hence the convening of the seminar.
“The competitions we have participated in have shown us that we don’t have soloists that can perform at international levels,” he said.
“As part of efforts to raise our game, Serumula normally hosts workshops for its members. Initially, we had planned to make the seminar for our members only, but after realising that all local choristers need this kind of training, we opened it for everyone willing to learn from the best.”
Tente said the seminar was meant to equip the soloists with the skills needed to be competitive beyond Lesotho’s borders.
“The workshop is meant to ensure they not only become competitive, but get international exposure,” he said.
“Strengthening individuals is important for the benefit of the whole choir. If each individual can effectively execute their vocal performances, it will help the choir in that they will not rely on a single soloist and also boost their confidence.”
Tente said henceforth they would be holding two annual seminars. “Each year, we will have a seminar for soloists followed by another for training conductors,” he said.
“Participants will be awarded certificates by the various international facilitators we will invite.”
Tente added that the venue of the seminar would be determined by the number of people who confirmed their attendance.
“We have proposed two venues, Sefika Hall and Lehakoe Club, so the decision will depend on the number of people who register,” he said.