Leipzig Conducting Workshop
- Conducting tutelage under the direction ofChristopher M. Cock, director of the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University.
- Each conducting participant will have a minimum of two hours of podium time, including opportunities to conduct the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra.
- Each conducting participant will conduct two short works in services at the St. Thomas Church, one a cappella and one choral/orchestral.
- Members of the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra will offer classes demonstrating instrumental techniques using historic instruments.
- Musicology Lectures offered by Dr. Katherina Uhde, Valparaiso University.
- All participants will sing cantata Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180, under the direction of Dr. Cock.
Join us in Leipzig, Germany for a week of in-depth conducting study and learn directly through hands-on experience with a world-class period instrument orchestra. Selected participants will conclude the week by leading the Bach Institute Chamber Choir and Leipzig Baroque Orchestra (LBO) in literature by various Baroque masters, including Handel, Telemann and Schütz. Having celebrated its 800th Birthday in 2012, the St. Thomas Church, home to J.S. Bach for 27 years, offers an historic venue for participants to conduct and perform, creating a memorable experience. Led by Christopher Cock and the LBO, participants will sing “Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele,” BWV 180, in the context of the liturgy of the St. Thomas Church. Performing a cantata in the church where Bach first performed his five cycles of cantatas and other major works, including the Passions according to St. Matthew and St. John is a remarkable experience. Private vocal coaching may also be available at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschule for an additional expense.
More information can be found at http://www.valpo.edu/bach/