Now in its 14th year, the acclaimed Westminster Conducting Institute is one of the leading programs for the training of conductor's in the world. In one extended week of intensive study, participants are able to experience in one location eight of the world's most renowned conductors who share their artistry and experience with participants. Coupled with its new sister program, The Choral Music Institute at Oxford, conductors at all levels of expertise can sharpen their pedagogical and conducting skills under the tutelage of the world's greatest teachers. Led by James Jordan, this remarkable and diverse faculty bring their vast expertise that have led the choral profession both in America and Europe for the past four decades.
Techniques taught in the Institute are applicable to all ages and performance level choirs. The Institute also introduces conductors to new choral literature brought to the Institute by each of the conducting faculty.
Each faculty member selects 2-3 works to present to the Institute. A major work is examined and studied by all participants. All literature will be available through the Westminster Music and Books for order for study before the Institute. Piano/Vocal Scores of the Durufle Requiem will be available from the Westminster Performance Collection.
The Choral Accompanying Staff of the Institute
Led by author/accompanist and Dalcroze specialist Marilyn Shenenberger, each small conducting class taught by the Institute faculty has an accompanist that has collaborated with one or more of Westminster's renowned choirs. This year's staff includes Jonathan Palmer Lakeland, Jason Vodicka, William Sawyer, Marilyn Shenenberger, and Corey Everly.
Each day begins with a group vocal technique warm-up and lecture by Sabine Horstman. Professor Horstman was a student of the legendary Frauke Haasemann. Students attending the Institute gain valuable pedagogical insights and materials for use with their choirs in these sessions. Professor Horstamn has been with the Westminster Conducting Institute for ALL of its 13 year history. Participants during the week will learn in detail the techniques and philosophy in her acclaimed book and DVD, Choral Vocal Technique (GIA)
Daily conducting classes in small groups with the Institute faculty. (Note: Participants may request to study with a specific member of the faculty-Placement dependent upon the approval of the Institute Director on the first evening of the course. Participant requests honored whenever possible
Masterclass Lecture on Breath by Laura Brooks Rice
Harmonic Rhythm Etudes Drill and Practice with Marilyn Shenenberger
Masterclasses in Practical rehearsing by Simon Carrington focusing on Liszt: Ave Maria
Classes in Suzuki Movement by Sean McCarther
Study of Plainchant and its uses as a Music Literacy Teaching Tool for Choirs at All Levels by James Jordan
An Understanding of how a knowledge of plainchant informs all choral performance, no matter the work. Issues of phrasing , breath, and ensemble singing will be discussed in detail
Daily movement Laban-based sessions relating to choral literature being studied
Ear-Training Sessions for Conductors that aid with Score study with Stefan Young for conductors at all levels
Evening lectures on score analysis, other topics by the Institute faculty
New Choral Literature from Sweden presented by Gary Graden
Lecture on Diction and rehearsal techniques by Charles Bruffy
Reading of important and obscure major works of Schubert and Mendelssohn by Vance George
Please note: This course includes evening hours! A complete schedule will be sent to participants. Participants should organize their travel plans accordingly.
Daily class schedule (Monday - Friday) is 8:30am - 8:30pm
First day of Institute: Sunday class is 3:30pm - 9pm
Saturday class is 8:30am - 1pm
In addition to the above, each participant is assigned (based upon experience) to a daily conducting class with the Institute faculty. Students are asked to conduct a portion of work on the first evening of the Institute in order to be placed in the appropriate section. This year, the selection is sine paenitentia by Cortlandt Matthews and can be downloaded here. Students also conduct in master class situations where they are critiqued by choral faculty other than their class teacher. Participants must bring a scandisk of sufficient size to record both their conducting classes and the final masterclasses. Participants can take the Institute for credit or noncredit. Conductors who register for credit are entitled to a longer critiqued masterclass. Non-credit participants conduct for masterclasses for a shorter amount of time for written comments only. For non-credit persons, masterclass conducting is optional. Credit participants must conduct in the Institute masterclasses and complete a written project during the Institute.
Tuition: $795 non-credit/$1680 with 3 graduate credits
Major work from the 2014 Program - Maurice Durufle - Requiem (2015 list will be updated shortly)
Mealor: Love's as Warm as Tears
Victoria: Sanctus from Requiem of 1605
Lavoy: As I walked the Silent Earth
Liszt: Ave Maria (New Performance Edition by Simon Carrington)
Brahms: May Night
Gjielo: O Magnum Mysterium
McGlynn: Pie Jesu
Mark Hayes: In this Moment
Dede Duson: Man's Spirit
Misinknis: O Sacrum Convivium
Handel: Let Their celestial Concerts All Unite
Saint Saens: Ave Verum Corpus
Runestad: I Will Lift Mine Eyes
Mendelssohn: For He Shall Give His Angels Charge Over Thee
Waldenby: Corona Vitae (GIA)
Brahms: Geistliches Lied (GIA G-6480)
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