Beginning Choral Conducting
June 20 - 24, 2016
The course is designed for persons with little or no conducting background. The course is structured in a way that maximizes individual attention for maximum growth and understanding during the intense week of study.
Dr. Jordan’s conducting text, Evoking Sound, was named one of six books that are a “must read” for choral conductors. Participants experience a unique team-teaching format for this course. All participants study and receive feedback from both instructors.
Dr. Jordan will provide the initial pedagogical material for the course. After the introduction of material, students will hone conducting technique, skill and understandings for the rest of the week with Marjorie Hermann and Anthony Maglione.
Also, during this course, participants are taken through the new second revised edition of the Evoking Sound textbook. This is a unique opportunity to study with the author of one of the leading conducting texts in the country. Early enrollment is encouraged to guarantee a place in the class.
This course teaches the fundamental concepts and skills of choral conducting. It is designed for the musician with some prior choral conducting exposure but little formal training. Workshop participants focus on the relationship between music, gesture and communication, coupled with basic musicianship skills and vocal issues unique to the choral ensemble. These skills are learned through conducting, singing and observing the preparation and performance of compositions from various style periods.
This course has a maximum enrollment of 30 participants.
$825 non-credit/$1415 with 2 graduate credits
Required Texts (Available in the Westminster Music and Books Bookstore)
Jordan, James. Evoking Sound: Fundamentals of Choral Conducting. Second Edition, Revised. Chicago: GIA, 2007.
Jordan, James and Corporon, Eugene. The Anatomy of Conducting Workbook. Chicago: GIA.
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