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.

July 27 - August 19, 2016

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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


  • New and innovative approaches to teaching musical skill
  • New approaches to teaching musicianship
  • Teaching all elements of vocal technique
  • What every teacher/conductor needs to know about voice science
  • The Harmonic Choral Rehearsal: a groundbreaking pedagogy that efficiently teaches choral ensembles music skill
  • Techniques for teaching and maintaining intonation
  • Rehearsal techniques
  • Comprehensive approach to diction and diction pedagogy

Recommended texts:
(all texts will be available at Westminster Music and Books located on campus)

Jordan, James; Whitbourn, James; Pilkington, Steve; Burns, Isabella. Discovering Chant. Chicago: GIA, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-62277-107-3

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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