WEEK ONE 29 July to 5 August
WEEK TWO 5 to 12 August
Art of Choral Direction
Amy Bebbington with James Keefe
Conductors of all levels of experience are welcomed on this course, during which a student’s development through the week is tailored closely to their own individual needs. Essential elements of conducting technique will be shared throughout each day and the majority of the course will be spent in a masterclass situation. Additional opportunities, such as working with a large chorus, working with an orchestra and conducting in the course concert, will be shared amongst the members of the course. A week is a short time, but sufficient enough to examine the nature of the choral conductor’s craft, including how to build a musical relationship with a group, how our language affects our choirs and what it takes to prepare a dynamic performance. Conductors of choral societies, chamber choirs, youth choirs, organ scholars, etc., are all equally welcomed to what will be a demanding, supportive and encouraging learning environment.
Choral singers who wish to develop their sight reading skills are also encouraged to apply. You will be warmly welcomed as a member of the course and be invited to sing for the choral conducting students. A reasonable level of sight reading would be an advantage.
All sessions will be filmed by camcorder and students are asked to bring with them a standard SD memory card in order to create a record of their work. Pre-preparation of the repertoire is recommended but for those unable to do so, the music will be available for purchase in the summer school music shop.