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Success with Daily Ear Training and Singing in Orchestra

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  • Do you want to help your students play in tune? Explore innovative ways to incorporate daily ear training and singing into the orchestra tuning sequence and warm-up. A productive warm-up equals a successful rehearsal.
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  • Christopher R. Mustell is a native of Saint Joseph, Michigan, and member of the fine arts faculty, serving as the Head Orchestra Director and Department Chair at Cypress Ridge High School in northwest Houston, Texas. Cypress Ridge is a part of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. In this position, he directs and oversees all aspects of the orchestra program. The 2018-19 school year marks his tenth year building the program from approximately 50 students in one orchestra in 2009 to its current membership of over 180 students in four performing ensembles. During Mr. Mustell's tenure, his orchestras have consistently earned superior ratings (sweepstakes awards) at Texas' University Interscholastic Leagues (UIL) Contests. During the 2015-2016 school year: the Cypress Ridge High School Symphony Orchestra was invited and performed at the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic, an International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Illinois. Before his Texas appointment, Mr. Mustell held a similar position in Naples, Florida. In the United States, Mr. Mustell has had the privilege to conduct in Carnegie Hall in New York, New York and at the Moores Opera House in Houston, Texas. Overseas, while he was a sophomore at St. Joseph High School, Mr. Mustell conducted the St. Joseph Orchestra on their 1994 tour of Europe. Mr. Mustell earned both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education in Instrumental Conducting and String Pedagogy degrees from the Florida State University College of Music. Mr. Mustell is a freelance percussionist and is a section member of the Cypress Philharmonic. He also performs regularly with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Civic Symphony, the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra, and the Energy Corridor Orchestra of Houston, Texas.