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Professional tenor Jeff Hodur's sound advice 

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Jeff Hodur has taught vocal music at his alma mater, Coronado High, for 17 of his 19 years as a teacher. He’s a professional tenor in multiple area vocal ensembles and is section leader for the Colorado College Chamber Choir and the Taylor Choir at Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, where he also performs in a Renaissance octet. Hodur is the director of Madrigal Singers at the Navigators and Glen Eyrie Castle and is a 15-year member and section leader of the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble.

Essential Saturday night listening: My tastes are very widespread. My Saturday might include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Weezer, Blind Melon, Alice in Chains, Beck, Little Machine, Thievery Corporation, Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Disturbed, Andy McKee, Newton Faulkner and The High Kings. There are only two styles of music I get tired of quickly: new country and techno.

Essential Sunday morning listening: I like relaxing with some refreshing classical music. I frequently tune in to KCME for my classical fix. Every now and then they will air choral music and I love listening to it when they do; however, if I hear opera or music theatre I immediately tune out. I love to perform these genres, but I can’t stand listening to either.

First record I bought with my own money: In 1986 I purchased a compilation cassette tape called Rap It Up. Hip-hop was just emerging and this album featured all the early greats: The Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash (considered to be the godfather of hip-hop), Melle Mel, Scorpio, Run-DMC, Slick Rick with Doug E. Fresh and Whodini. I still own that cassette today.

“Wish I’d written that” song: John Tavener’s “Song for Athene” — an a capella choral piece that contains a very gradual crescendo leading to a harmonic climax of voices that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand at attention. The basses sustain a pedal tone throughout the entire piece and the text is a mixture of Latin and English. It simply is my favorite song ever!

“Wish I could unhear that” song: Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad.” Repetitive and boring, much like “The Wheels on the Bus” and “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

Artist more people should know about: Francis Poulenc, French composer and
pianist. I have been singing choral music for over 25 years and honestly I’ve never heard anything like him. Chords that seem to come out of nowhere. Harmonies I’ve never heard or imagined.

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