Date: April 2, 2011
Title: The Choral Challenge: Practical Paths to Solving Problems
Discipline: Choral Conducting
Teacher: Michael Kemp

Recognized for his extraordinary ability to build programs, Michael Kemp has built from ground level four church youth choirs and two high school choral programs, two community choruses and one community symphony orchestra, and reinvigorated existing choirs of all ages. He has been an internationally respected clinician for 40 years, conducting and lecturing in some 350 workshops and festivals in 43 states and five Canadian provinces. The main topics covered during this seminar and which form the core of his new book, The Choral Challenge: Practical Paths to Solving Problems, will be:

  • Vocal Concerns and How to Solve Them
  • Warm-ups that Work Wonders
  • A Conductor’s Potpourri (Placing Singers into Sections, Study Procedures, Energizing Rehearsals)
  • Motivating for Success
  • Sure-fire Recruiting Techniques

The Choral Challenge, which is available from GIA, is the recommended text for today’s seminar.  For more information, see Michael Kemp’s website,