Singer Jeff

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Singer Jeff

A "Bass-baritone" Voice

Providing Training For Community Singing Groups

Tailored Lessons For Individual Singers Available

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  • Webinar / Workshop

    Online / Onsite

Opportunity Shows Itself
In this time of reflection, while group choral music rehearsals and performances are on hold indefinitely becaue of COVID-19 quarantine, an opportunity for individual improvement has become available. If we cannot learn music as a group in choir, an Online Vocal Music Webinar for Sight-Reading is an excellent idea for those so inclined.

When Opportunity Strikes
Beginning Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 7:00 PM, The Singer's System will be hosting a 6-week Online Vocal Music Webinar, "Introduction - Sight-Singing Course." Vocal music reading concepts are sequencial and progress through weekly presentations. Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:00 PM completes the webinar series. Previously recorded sessions can be available for review.

Opportunity Description
This is an introduction to the basics of sight-singing vocal music without first hearing it performed on and instrument. Key to success is developing or using an already developed sense of tonality. Participants learn to listen musically, think musically, and sing what they hear, have thought, and read. This process, including progressive sequential music reading concepts, increases through higher skill levels. A heightened sense of tonality, use of music terms, labels, and symbols, applied knowledge of music notation reading, and skill repetition at all levels helps participants add value to their choir or church singing.

Participant Prerequisites

  • Participants pre-register on or before 3-days prior to
    start date at
  • Qualified Participants are:
    1. a choir volunteer with NO formal music training,
    2. an individual who never sang in a choir and would like to if they could read music vocally,
    3. a church member who would just like to know more about reading music or hymns vocally, and
    4. a choir singer with some training and cannot sing notation accurately before hearing it performed.

    Technology Prerequisites

  • Internet Connectivity
  • Windows or Apple Computer
  • Headset and Microphone
  • In-Computer or Connected External Video Camera
  • Play and Hear MP3 Files
  • Print to Hard Copy or View PDF Files

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  • Mission

    Why I do what I do!

Singing, whether as an individual or in a choir, has always been enjoyable for me personally. Through singing we can enrich and enhance the lives of singers as well as listeners. When I direct or sing with several small to medium size choirs, I see value for the community and a feeling I've contributed personally. To contribute this way is my challenge to others.

My Mission:
To make singing attractive, songs need to be Easy, Fun, Familiar, and Enjoyable for those willing to develop their given talant. To bring and/or enhance a singing experience to others is my mission.

The Challenge:
The reality "you can" over a belief "you can't" will yield a more positive outcome. And when you improve your ability as a singer, you enrich yourself and your choir.

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  • Singer Jeff

    What Has He Done?

Jeffrey Haswell, after graduating from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in voice and music education, obtained a lifetime teaching certificate with the State of Wisconsin and began teaching music in the Marinette Public School in Marinette, WI. In 1975 he took a choral and instrumental music teaching position in the Whitewater Public Schools in Whitewater, WI. While teaching in the local schools, he periodically held a University Summer Camp honorarium position for Swing & Jazz Choirs as well as completing two Masters degrees; one in Kodaly Music Education and second with emphasis in Choral Conducting.

Upon completion of the Masters degrees in 1981 and with a desire obtain a Doctorate in Music Conducting, he completed and passed the initial application process and entrence examination for a PhD program to Columbia University in New York. But later in 1982 felt he needed a break from further education and put PhD aspirations on hold indefinitely. He never rekindled interest to obtain the PhD, but has always enjoyed directing choirs, jazz choirs, bands and orchestras.

While studying voice as an undergraduate, he spent two summers in New York City with Bernard U Taylor, renowned opera singer and vocal instructor, editor publisher and retired Choral Department Chairperson at Juilliard School of Music.

From 1972 through 1996, Jeffrey Haswell traveled on eight concert tours to Europe as a singer, soloist and chorus director. He has concertized in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Belgium, France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, and Austria.

After moving to California he formed and lead the "Stony Ridge Ramblers", a successful eight piece dixieland jazz band, in the San Francisco Bay Area. For 14 years, he performed with this group for County Fairs, Chamber of Commerice events, private & company christmas parties, attorney association parties, senior living communities, Pleasanton Community Concert Series, and Livermore Community Concert Series.

As a Baritone, from 1982 thru 1986 he performed with the "Valley Concert Chorale" the Tri-Valley's premier community chorus serving the Pleasanton, Livermore and Castro Valleys. During that time he also performed with the San Francisco Bach Choir at Davies Symphony Hall. Then from 1996 thru 2005, he performed as a Tenor with "Voices of Musica Sacra" a semi-professional community chorus in Walnut Creek, CA. Voices of Musica Sacra is now know "Diablo Choral Artists."

Most recently, from October 2011 through September 2013, he has served as Choir Director for traditional church services at Stallion Springs Community Church. From January 2014 thru September 2015 directed choir for Shepherd of The Hills church in Bear Valley Springs.

In 2014, he formed an outreach group of singers, "Outreach Singers," with a purpose to enhance and enrich the lives of both the singers in the group and those individuals who are shut-in/immobile, in senior care facilities, and hospitals. The outreach group continues to grow and enrich people's lives.

He performs with the Tehachapi Symphony Chorus, The Summit Singers, The Deseret Choral, and sings solos, duets, and in quartets for local church services.

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