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Favorite Summer conducting workshops

Below, please find the many suggestions which came generously POURING into my Inbox by way of respose to my inquiry about a good summer conducting workshop. Thank you, one and all, to those who contributed any information. Many include a helpful summary description. It will be difficult to choose among all these truly inspiring opportunities! I can see I could joyfully spend my entire summer going from week-to-week, a different workshop each time!


~Cherwyn Ambuter


Check out Rodney Eichenberger workshop in Canon Beach, OR. Also, the University of Washington with Geoffrey Boers is excellent. In Vancouver Canada there is a great workshop sponsored by the BC Choral Federation. Please post a compilation.

Sally Murphy
Oak Bay HS
Victoria, BC


Perhaps you might join us for Rod Eichenberger's
workshop. Please see the link below

Best wishes

Bradley Ellingboe
Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities
MSC04 2570
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131


I saw your question on Choral Net, and have enclosed the schedule of Alice Parker's workshops at her studio in Massachusetts this year. The Song Leading one might be of interest, although it is not a 'conducting workshop'. You might want to check out the Melodious Accord website ( and click on the right hand icon on the home page. This takes you to Study with Alice. The information and application forms are there. I can answer other questions about these programs that you might have.

Kay Holt


Study with Alice Parker


Spend a few days with Alice Parker in the quiet hills of western Massachusetts. Explore the wonders that happen when we really listen to one another, when we create and re-create songs, and when we discuss how to unite people through song at home, at school, at church and in our communities. Gain new insights, meet new friends, revitalize your musical spirit. Classes limited to 8 people.

May 30-June 2, 2008

Melody Studies. For singers, teachers, conductors, instrumentalists and all lovers of song. We sit around a table and sing together for three days. Many different melodies provide the basis for an ongoing discussion of this kind of human communication: why is it so intensely satisfying? We learn both listening and the unselfconscious use of our voices to enrich our musical lives. Based on Alice's book, The Anatomy of Melody, Exploring the Single Line of Song.

July 13-20, 2008

Teaching Melody through Song Leading. A full week of in-depth study of song leading, including intensive melodic analysis, repertoire, planning SINGS and hands-on practice in leading both small and large groups.

October 19-26 2008

Composers Workshop. For those wishing to share their work with a small, non-judgmental group. The focus is on setting texts and writing for voices, through daily demonstrations, assignments and discussions.


How about the Choral Music Experience (CME)? I am pretty sure you can look them up online.


Dear Cherwyn:

Eastman Summer Choral Institutes are listed here:

Ask you can see, Robert Page will join us for the second session: July 14-18. Let me know if I can provide further infromation.

Best wishes,

William Weinert

Director of Choral Activities
Eastman School of Music


Helmuth rilling - Oregon bach Fest, Simon Carrington- Norfolk (but I think it is too late), I am pretty sure Anton Armstrong is doing one- I thought I saw an add in choral journal. Char Archibeque and Don Neuen at Azusa. I will email you as i hear of others, please do the same- Iam looking for a program too, but deadlines are approaching.

Good luck,


You'll want to hurry and decide, the deadlines are approaching for registration for many workshops, and some have already passed. I believe all of these are still open and have heard really great things.

Please do post a compilation! There are plenty of us out here looking for good workshops for this summer and next summer


I don't know if this week works for you, but Andre Thomas will be at Central
Connecticut State University for the week of July 7-12.

For info, look at our website (see below), and click on Summer Music
Institute -- you will then see all of our offerings for the month of
workshops ---

Pam Perry
Dr. Pamela J. Perry
Central Connecticut State University

Professor, Choral Music Education
Director, CCSU University Singers
Director, Summer Music Institute



Check out VoiceCare Network, too. Axel Theimer is the moving force.
St. John's College, Minnesota. Their Impact Course (I think that's
what they call it) is pretty general, combining vocal freedom with
conducting techniques that foster same.

David McCormick


June 30 - July 11, 2008

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Canary Islands (Spain)

Lilla Gábor, Director

In collaboration with Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain)

Capital University (USA)

Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)

The Summer Academy offers two different programs:


Juan José Falcón Sanabria, Canary Islands, Spain

Honorary President of the International Summer Academy

Composer, Director, Aula de Música, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Dr. Janice Cusano, USA

Professor of Music Pedagogy and Choral Conducting

Seán Deibler, USA

Music Director, The Music Group of Philadelphia

Lilla Gábor, Hungary

Director, International Summer Academy of Choral Conducting and Music Pedagogy

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Spain

Music Director, The American Boychoir - Princeton, NJ, USA

Jeanette Massocchi, Wales, United Kingdom

Professor of Voice and Choral Conductor

Nauzet Mederos, Canary Islands, Spain

Professor, Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias

Dr. Marco Antonio da Silva Ramos, Brazil

Director, Comunicantus - Laboratório Coral, Universidade de São Paulo




I am looking for such a conducting workshop myself. The only ones i
can find are at Westminster and Univ. of Michigan.


Hi. There is a two days workshop at Juilliard School of Music, in Manhattan. It's always a good
excuse to go to NY. I took it the first two years. Recommended. Ups, almost forgot, there is another one, in University of
North Texas. It's longer, about a week. I haven't receive information for
the one this year, but make a search there.

Pastor Julio González-Paniagua
San Juan, Puerto Rico


I would suggest strongly the CME workshop with Janet
Galvan at Ithaca College. If you work with young
singers, I would think this would be one of the best
in the country. Great podium time, and lots of rep and
score study. If not, then check out the Norfolk summer
music institute..Simon should be at that one as well,
and it's only in Connecticut!

Good luck,
Lauren Quigley
Choral Conducting, Yale University, '09



I have another one for you. The Choral Music Experience course at Elon University in North Carolina will feature Cheryl Dupont as director and Paul Caldwell, who composes with Sean Ivory, as composer-in-residence. Dates are July 7-11. There will be a young artist choir in residence, and the participants will sing on SATB pieces for Master Class. Classes include conducting, rehearsal preparation, score atudy, voice education, rehearsal observation, meet-the composer sessions and Master Class, which is optional.

For more information contact Cheryl Dupont at cheryl_dupont(a)


Cheryl Dupont


Thanks, Cherwyn. I look forward to your compilation, but didn't have
a chance to write sooner. I attend Rene Clausen's Choral Conducting
School at Concordia College in Morehead and have for several years --
I wouldn't miss it! I've learned more in those one-week sessions than
I have in ALL of my conducting courses! And it's fun -- I'm in 7th

Good luck!

Ruth McKendree Treen,
choral conductor

Mid Cape Chorus
Pilgrim Pops Chorus
Chatham Interfaith Choir
Chatham Music Club Singers
Unitarian Universalist Meeting House

P.O. Box 711
6 Ethelma Drive
Chatham MA 02633

fax: 508-945-0342

When the Power of Love
Overcomes the Love of Power
the World Will Know Peace


Check out the Oregon Bach Festival.

~Carolyn Dwyer


Try the Long Island Choral Festival and Institute.

~Frances Roberts



Here are three choral conducting workshops I'd appreciate your adding to your list! Thank you.

Emporia State University, Emporia KS
Summer Workshops for Choral Directors in schools, churches and colleges


June 24 Choral Vitamin B-12 Shots for Revitalizing Yourself and Your Program
(Dr. Tim Seelig, Southern Methodist University)
June 26 Music Literacy, Rehearsal Environment, and Assessment in the Choral Rehearsal
(Dr. Al Holcomb, University of Central Florida)
June 27 Choral Rehearsals: the Big Picture, the Details, and Conducting Skill & Effectiveness
(Dr. David Brunner, University of Central Florida)

8:30-4:30 each day. $70 per day for each workshop. To earn university credit, tuition fees apply (in addition to workshop cost)
Contact: Dr. Terry Barham, Director of Choral Activities, tbarham(a) 620-341-5436
For workshop descriptions and faculty blurbs, go to and click on summer music education workshops.

Terry J. Barham, Ph. D.
Director of Choral Activities
Emporia State University
Emporia, KS 66801
620-341-5436 (ph)
620-341-5601 (fax)


Dear Choral Friends:

The Banff Centre has extended the application deadline for the Banff Choral Workshop this summer, for there are still some spaces to fill. We've also dropped the requirement of an audition recording in the interest of expediting these last-minute applications.

So if you have a student or choir members who was deterred by the problem of producing a recording before the deadline, please encourage him/her to try again under these revised guidelines.

I think this is going to be a very enjoyable week singing and performing Carmina Burana with the Vancouver Chamber Choir (see the brochure, below) so please notify as many of your singers as possible. Tell them they can contact me personally (washburn(a) if they have any trouble with registering or have any other questions.

Many thanks,

John Washburn

Vancouver Chamber Choir

on April 27, 2008 10:00pm
Might I suggest the Summer Choral Conducting Institute with Dr. Daniel Bara at East Carolina University. Dan Bara is a young, up and coming, conductor who has done marvelous things with his college choir. Expect a warm hospitality, relaxed environment, and some excellent music making. Bara is not only a great conductor, he is also a wonderful teacher of the craft from every angle possible. I would also expect that you will find this institute cheaper than some of the other options available. I have been twice and it has changed many things about how I now approach an ensemble.

Best of luck,

Eddie Adams

Graduate Choral Conducting Student
on May 5, 2008 10:00pm
Has anyone heard of anything in California?
on May 5, 2008 10:00pm
I have heard great things about the Choral Academy at Brigham Young University in Provo Utah.

Aug 5-8th. Both Beginner Intermediate line of classes as well as Advanced/Professional.