Choral Pedagogy Institute

This institute is designed for choral musicians at all levels of experience who wish to learn rehearsal techniques and an array of approaches to music literacy and choral technique. This unique and multifaceted seminar brings together many of the most important and inspirational teachers in America today.

August 3 - 7, 2015 

Faculty: James Jordan, Director; Constantina Tsolainou, Associate Director; Meade Andrews, Lynnel Jenkins, Sean McCarther, and Isabella Burns

Each day is organized into a series of intense and focused classes, culminating in rehearsals at the end of the week where participants experience the principles that faculty are teaching in the daily seminars.  Each participant will receive a music packet for study and use at the institute. A highlight of the Institute will be Dr. Jordan’s presentation of a new and comprehensive approach he developed with Edwin E. Gordon that embeds musical literacy and musical skill into aspects of the the choral warm-up and rehearsal. Persons enrolling for credit will complete a written analysis/rehearsal project during the week.

$795 non-credit/$1385 with 2 graduate credits

Past Topics Have Included (2015 topics will be updated shortly):

  • Philosophy of Group Vocal Technique and Proper Warm-Up Planning
  • Building TRUST within Your Choral Ensemble.
  • Rehearsal techniques for working with Young Singers
  • COMPREHENSIVE KNOWLEDGE of how to teach Diction to choirs in English, Latin, German and French!
  • Teaching Vocal Technique to Young Singers
  • Aural Immersion Solfège for Use with All Choirs
  • Practical Rehearsal techniques for Church and Amateur Choirs
  • Building and Using Choral Resonance through Sound Vocal Pedagogy and Understanding
  • Use of Breath as a new and Exciting Rehearsal technique Vehicle
  • Using the Science of Acoustics in “standing” your Choir.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the theories of Laban and how they can be used to teaching both rhythm and phrasing
  • Teaching through Harmonic Rhythm.
  • Using Dalcroze in the Choral Rehearsal
  • Working with Accompanists and Creative Use of the Accompanist to support good singing and teach listening
  • Use of Critical Pedagogy as motivation and teaching in the Choral rehearsal
  • Score Study Procedures
  • Techniques for Working with Young Singers
  • Enhancing Stage presence and Performance Skills:  How to Help your Choirs Connect with Audiences and Congregations
  • Use of Conducting as Rehearsal Technique
  • Using the Breath to Carry what is Taught in the Rehearsal to Support Honest and Compelling Singing
  • Score Analysis Techniques

Past Required texts (2015 list will be updated shortly): 

Jordan, James. Rehearse!: A Guide and Card Pack to Improve Choral Teaching through Self-Evaluation. Chicago: GIA, 2010. ISBN: 978-157999-770-0

Jordan, James. The Choral Rehearsal, Vol. 1: Technique and Procedures. Chicago: GIA, 2007. 
ISBN: 978-1-57999-673-4

Jordan, James. The Choral Rehearsal, Vol. 2: Inward Bound. Chicago: GIA, 2008. 
ISBN: 978-1-57999-674-1

Jordan, James, Nova Thomas, and Mark Moliterno. The Musician’s Breath (book and DVD). Chicago: GIA, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-57999-834-9

Jordan, James and James Whitbourn. The Musician’s Trust.  Chicago: GIA, 2013.
ISBN: 978-1-57999-925-4


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