Composer Cues – Umbrella by Andy Beck

Umbrella by Andy Beck

Hear composers describe their creative process, offer teaching suggestions, and provide messages to performers in our Composer Cues series. Use these videos as repertoire inspiration for future programs or assign them to students as a listening assignment.


Umbrella

Words and music by Andy Beck

Andy Beck presents his 2-part choral octavo. Celebrate that essential rainy day accessory with this humorous ode to the umbrella! You might want to take cover from the steady downpour of clever rhymes designed to tickle the funny bone of performers and listeners alike. Working with younger singers? We’ve got you covered with plenty of unison, echo, contrary motion, and counterline phrases to ensure success. Plus, we’ve just got to mention the hummed “umm’s” that increase in length as the song unfurls. Fun! Consider a gentle sway with colorful umbrellas in hand to add a visual element to the lilting waltz tempo.

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Andy Beck is the Director of Choral Publications at Alfred Music. A prolific composer and arranger, he has over 450 popular choral works, vocal resources, and children’s musicals currently in print, including the highly regarded method books Sing at First Sight, Foundations in Choral Sight Singing and Vocalize! 45 Vocal Warm-Ups That Teach Technique. A quick search on YouTube will confirm that Andy's music is performed by singers worldwide.
Mr. Beck is in demand as a guest conductor, choreographer, adjudicator, and clinician for music educators and students throughout the United States and beyond. In recent years, he has been a commissioned composer and/or guest conductor for honor choirs of all ages, including all-state groups throughout the Southeast.
A fine tenor, Andy enjoys performing in and directing musical theatre, singing with the North Carolina Master Chorale Chamber Choir, and has been an Alfred Music studio singer since 1992.
With a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Ithaca College and a Masters degree in Music Education from Northwest Missouri State University, Mr. Beck is fully committed to arts education, music literacy, and choral artistry. This passion is evident, not only in his own writing, but also in the high-quality publications available through the catalog he cultivates for Alfred Music.

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