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Dr. Therees Tkach Hibbard

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Associate Professor of Choral Mus...

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University of Nebraska
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Lincoln , Nebraska 68988
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  • PhD
  • Bachelor of Music Honors degree , vocal music education
    Longwood College
  • Master of Music degree , voice and choral conducting
    Colorado State University
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Web References | Experience - SFYCA Faculty, Anton Armstrong, Helmuth Rilling, Mia Hall Savage, Matthew Svoboda, Greg Douma, Therees Hibbard, 1 Nov 2008 [cached]
Therees Tkach Hibbard
Dr.Therees Tkach Hibbard teaches the SFYCA's movement classes and is a longtime member of the Oregon Bach Festival choir. Therees is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska. She was previously senior Lecturer in Music Education in the School of Education Studies at the University of Surrey-Roheampton in England. She taught a variety of music and music education courses with a particular expertise in choral training, choral conducting, and singing and vocal development. Therees has worked as a music teacher, choral conductor, and singing instructor at all levels of music education from nursery to primary and secondary vocal music, and on through to college, university and adult professional instruction. She has conducted choirs ranging from young children to professional singers; and has served as adjudicator, workshop leader, and guest conductor for numerous choral organizations throughout Great Britain, Ireland, and North America. She conducted the Imperial College
Board of Directors | Hildegard Center for the Arts, 23 Mar 2015 [cached]
Dr. Therees Tkach Hibbard
Dr. Therees Tkach Hibbard is Associate Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Choral Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music. She holds a Bachelor of Music Honors degree in Vocal Music Education with a Minor in Dance from Longwood College (Virginia), a Master of Music degree in Voice and Choral Conducting from Colorado State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon School of Music. Dr. Hibbard has conducted choirs ranging from young children to professional singers and has served as adjudicator, workshop leader, and guest conductor for numerous choral organizations throughout Great Britain, Ireland, Europe, North America and Hong Kong. Prior to joining the UNL School of Music, she worked as a choral conductor, singing tutor and senior lecturer at several UK colleges and universities in the London area including the London College of Music, the Royal College of Music and Roehampton University. She also served as Programme Convener for the MA in Choral Music Education where she established the first BBC Singers Conducting Master Class Residency Program. Dr, Hibbard has also served as a tutor for the Choral Conductors' Training Course for the Association of British Choral Directors which she helped develop and implement throughout the UK. During her tenure in London she was also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Imperial College Choir and Chamber Choir of the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London. Her work as a movement specialist in the training of choral singers and conductors has created unique opportunities for her to work with choirs and conductors from around the world. In addition to her work as conductor, she has also performed professionally as a vocal solist and chorus member both in London and the United States and has sung for composers and conductors such as Aaron Copland, Helmuth Rilling, and Mistlav Rostropovich. She is presently director of the UNL Chamber Singers and co-artistic director of Lincoln's newly established adult professional chamber choir ABENDCHOR. Dr. Hibbard's breadth of knowledge and experience in choral endeavors are a vital addition to the Hildegard Center.
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Therees Tkach Hibbard, PhD
Headliner:Therees Tkach Hibbard, PhD
Therees is presently director of the UNL Chamber Singers, and co-artistic director of Lincoln's newly established adult professional chamber choir ABENDCHOR. Therees holds a Bachelor of Music Honors degree in vocal music education with a minor in dance from Longwood College, Virginia; a Master of Music degree in voice and choral conducting from Colorado State University; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal music education and choral conducting from the University of Oregon School of Music.
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Therees Hibbard, Associate Director of Choral Activities, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
"When we sing, we are our ..., 1 Feb 2010 [cached]
"When we sing, we are our instrument," Hibbard said.
"That makes all the difference," Hibbard said. "And that's because they are great teachers."
To begin the day, Hibbard worked with students to warm up their minds and voices to music.
"I took a long time with warmups because I have to see not only how they will respond to me but how they will respond to the things I want to do," Hibbard said. "They have been practicing this music for a very long time and the teachers have done a beautiful job - but they know their teachers' version."
During warmups, Hibbard taught the choir a new song - an African folk song - that didn't require music on paper. The exercise, essentially a behavior modification Hibbard said, proved to the director how easily she could mold and fine tune the choir over the course of a few hours.
Hibbard added that once a few students catch on to her expectations, the rest of the choir will come around.
"The nice thing about these big festivals is group effect," Hibbard said. "If most of them have it, I can move on because the rest will come."
Hibbard said that as the students begin to see how she teaches and adjust accordingly, the progress they make is visible throughout the day.
"I have the added advantage of being new, so they pay a little bit added attention," Hibbard said.
That extra attention allows Hibbard the opportunity to teach the students the ins and outs of each selection.
One song, which repeats near the end, is a perfect teaching moment for Hibbard.
"If a composer repeats himself, there is a reason," Hibbard tells the choir. "He wants it louder, clearer, more beautiful."
"Let's make it more beautiful," she added.
Hibbard said she enjoys getting people together to sing.
"I like to help people sing together at any age," Hibbard said. "It's amazing how much of what I do with my college students I'm doing here today."
The professor said singing in groups is a natural phenomenon and as a director, it is her job to realize that and to coax out the best possible performance.
"It's about getting people to sing together and love music," Hibbard said. "I think people have a natural desire to sing and a natural desire to sing together. I find that wonderful and I'm especially honored to be here."
The youth in the choir will only continue to improve, she said, and grow to become more appreciative of music.
"This is a delight to work at a place where they will grow and continue to love music more and more," Hibbard said. "I think it's one of the nicest things Nebraska does. For them to start at this level with a festival experience helps peak interest and makes us want to learn more. It's lighting a fire that's going to keep growing and just glow."
"They are just making my heart sing today," Hibbard said.
Therees Tkach Hibbard, professor of choral music for the University of Nebraska, performs a warmup routine with choral students Saturday morning for Sing Around Nebraska. A performance was given Saturday evening at the Hevelone Center at Beatrice High School.
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