"I have attended virtually every program for conducting study in this country. The Choral Music Institute at Oxford is better than all of them combined! The experience of this place and this choir and this faculty has changed my life." 2013 Choral Music Institute at Oxford Conductor and College Professor
"This program has reminded me of what it is to be an artist. I have been building choral "Ikea Furniture" with my choir for the past five years. I rehearsed the music, and put it together like I had instructions and I forgot all the real things that make people sing. I've forgotten about the artistry. This Institute made me experience artistry again as a conductor." 2013 Choral Music Institute at Oxford Conductor and Church Musician
Program Dates: July 7-16, 2015
James Jordan and James Whitbourn, Co-Directors
A unique partnership with St Stephen's House, one of the halls of Oxford University, and Westminster Choir College, proudly offer a unique Choral Institute in the vibrant and beautiful city of Oxford, England. The Institute is designed to provide instruction to all levels of conductors within a fully residential Oxford college. The Choral Institute at Oxford is a residential course with meals taken in the college's dining room and accommodation provided in the former monastic buildings of the 19th-century Cowley Fathers, now occupied by St Stephen's House and much loved by C.S. Lewis, a former Fellow of nearby Magdalen College.
Participants will experience first hand an educational experience that is unique to Oxford University. That experience, one of total immersion in a residential college, will expose participants to an intense and exciting educational atmosphere. In addition to studying conducting and aspects of the choral art that will build musicianship in each participant regardless of prior experience levels, participants will become immersed in a community of musicians and faculty.
Full Conductors and Conducting Associates alike will engage in an immersive study of choral conducting and choral artistry, building musicianship and technique. All participants work closely with Program Directors James Jordan and James Whitbourn.
Full Conductors gain practical conducting experience and tuition at the podium, conducting the Choir of the Choral Institute at Oxford - whose singers are drawn from the GRAMMY-nominated ensemble Williamson Voices - within the beautiful acoustics of the chapels of St. Stephen’s House.
Conducting Associates observe these sessions and have opportunities to discuss conducting skills with the Program Directors as well as other faculty and singers.
For your study working within this unique community of highest-level musicians and faculty – drawn from both Westminster Choir College and Oxford University – you can expect to learn from world-class choral musicians and from Music Directors of the internationally-renowned choral foundations which are an integral part of the colleges of the Oxford University.
All participants will take part in group lectures and seminars led by choral and art experts and will participate in chant study and performance, essential to the understanding of choral conducting. Conductors and Conducting Associates will also have the opportunity to sing in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford under the resident conductor of the Cathedral Singers.