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Choral-Orchestral Conducting Masterclass
Februbary 14-17, 2014
Featuring The Mannes Orchestra, chorus, and soloists



In collaboration with Mannes College The New School for Music, the program will provide conductors with intensive podium sessions, enrichment sessions, interactions with master conductors, and valuable networking forums.

  • Work with celebrated conductors and coaches and professional musicians on the unique challenges of choral-orchestral repertoire.
  • Move to the next level of professional development while refining conducting technique.
  • Build career-enhancing connections with conducting colleagues and mentors.

CURRICULUM

This Conducting Masterclass moves Fellows through a series of podium sessions starting with a string quintet and progressing through to a full orchestra with chorus and soloists.

In addition to podium sessions, enrichment sessions will be offered to Fellows, Associates, and Auditors. Sessions concentrate on specific topics relating to the life of a conductor, such as score preparation, working with instrumentalists, and more. Details on enrichment sessions will be announced as faculty and special guests are confirmed.

LEVELS OF PARTICIPATION

Chorus America works hard to keep participant fees reasonable, making our Masterclasses accessible to as many talented conductors as possible.

Conducting Fellows, $650
  • Podium Sessions: Each Conducting Fellow will have at least one hour of podium time (in three, 20-minute sessions) working with various instrumental and vocal ensembles under the tutelage of the Podium Coaches, and will observe other Conducting Fellow podium sessions.
  • Video Review Sessions: Each podium session will be followed by a video review with one of the Private Coaches.
  • Enrichment Sessions: Participants will attend informative enrichment sessions led by faculty members and special guests on essential topics for professional development.
  • Small Group Advisor Meetings: Seminar-style meetings led by the Private Coaches will be held on various professional development topics.
  • Deadline for Applications: November 8, 2013 – 16 Fellows will be selected and notification will take place by November 30, 2013.
Conducting Associates, $350
  • Private Lesson: Each pre-registered Conducting Associate will be scheduled for a one hour lesson with a private coach. The topic/focus of the lesson will be chosen by the Associate and may include a personal video review session with pre-recorded video materials supplied by the Associate.
  • Podium Session Observation: Conducting Associates will observe the Conducting Fellow podium sessions with the Podium Coaches.
  • Enrichment Sessions: Participants will attend informative enrichment sessions led by faculty members and special guests on essential topics for professional development.
  • Deadline for Registration: February 3 2014 – see Associates/Auditors Registration page for details. Spaces filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Auditors, $250 full session or $100 per day
  • Attend podium sessions as an observer and general enrichment sessions.
  • Deadline for registration: February 3, 2014 – see Associates/Auditors Registration page for details. Spaces filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

REPERTOIRE

This Conducting Masterclass focuses on practical repertoire: pieces that a choral conductor will likely encounter in his or her career. Excerpts will be selected from the following:

  • Beethoven – Mass in C
  • Brahms – Schicksalslied
  • Mendelssohn – St. Paul
  • Verdi – Requiem

Over the course of the three-day Masterclass, Conducting Fellows will work through excerpts from these choral-orchestral works. The focus will be on gaining experience with issues such as: purely orchestral sections (overtures, interludes); accompanied recitative; aria accompaniment; and choral/orchestral sequences.

For more information, please contact:
Anne Grobstich Erps, agerps@chorusamerica.org
202.331.7577 x251, fax 202.331.7599

 

 

“I had the chance to connect with conductors of my generation who were also participating and build bridges that I am sure will lead to new and exciting projects further down the road.”
- Dominick DiOrio, Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music