When Kemp gets it right, as he so often does, his observations are simply invaluable Michael Kemp s book, The Choral Challenge, is a tremendous contribution to the profession that deserves a place in every serious choral musician s library. It is a book that bears reading and re-reading and reading yet again.
Dr. Vance D. Wolverton Northern Kentucky University From The Choral Journal, 2010 The Choral Challenge is a book of solutions. From common to not-so-common problems facing choral conductors of all experience levels (from a for agility to y for yawning), Michael Kemp brings a lifetime of experience living and working in the choral world to create a truly remarkable and practical book. Kemp starts with a myriad of quick-fix solutions to common choral challenges and then provides in-depth explanations for choir directors who need more.
He follows with sections on planning and preparation (including 62 warm-up exercises), as well as an enlightening discussion on motivating and recruiting choir members. The result is a truly comprehensive handbook representing true best practices poured into a single incredibly useful and well-organized resource.