"Sound" is the chemistry of musical sounds intended to culminate in the potential of not just sound, but beautiful sound; not just expression, but enhanced and beautiful expression. In the case of a choral ensemble, this sound ideal is the result of many important factors. <i>Precision Conducting: Achieving Choral Blend and Balance</i> presents a thorough yet practical discussion of these factors, which include:<br><br>Determining the vocal classification and the physical placement of singers<br><br>Techniques to achieve rhythmic precision, vowel annunciation and good intonation<br><br>Performance practice in each of the major historical periods<br><br>Each major focus area also includes short, targeted lists of Guiding Principles, Common Tendencies, and Problems and Suggested Solutions, along with tips for problem solving. A reproducible IPA chart as well as Audition and Evaluation Materials are included, as is <i>The Choral Singer's Guide to Good Vocal Production,</i>a handout for your choir members. Lorenz.