There is nothing quite as exhilarating as working together towards a choir performance – unless it’s working towards a musical theatre production! Becky can guide a group through the early stages of learning notes and words, through complexities of harmonies and character, and into the precision of accurate rhythms, entrances, and endings. The journey towards performance is always a rich experience as we reach towards fuller expression, better technique, and more satisfying and communicative musicality.
Becky began directing choruses in high school as student conductor for the 100-voice high school choir and one of the music directors for the annual senior class show. She has led children’s choirs, women’s choirs, and church choirs, and has been the choral director for singing weeks at folk music camps, vocal retreats, and weekend workshops. In Brattleboro, Becky is well known for her singalongs, sometimes based on Broadway tunes, and for her ability to teach a crowd almost anything by rote and by ear. In April 2011 she was the first conductor of Brattleboro’s middle school All District Choral Festival, and in May 2011, she led the congregational singing at the UCC Windham Union Association Festival of Choirs.
Becky is available for singalongs, one-day workshops, weekend singing retreats, and weeklong or weekly choruses. If you want to sing with others but aren’t sure how to organize it, she can help you think it through and create what you’re hoping for.
Becky has been musical director for many productions with elementary school students, high school students, and adults. She is experienced at coaching individual singers, teaching ensemble pieces, and working with a full chorus and/or pit band. She is a capable pianist and conductor.
The shows she has directed include:
Becky has an ever-expanding repertoire of swing tunes, folk songs, gospel tunes, Broadway hits, and pop songs from the ’50s and ’60s. At home in Brattleboro, she leads a glee club at an adult day care facility, leads twice-monthly sings at a senior residential care facility, and plays monthly dinner music (for listening and singing along) at a nursing home with her group, “The Thompson Players.” Becky can lead “senior sings” at any facility that caters to the older set, from retirement homes to senior centers to nursing homes.