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2014 Summer Choral Conferences (North America)?

Hi, folks.
 
I'm looking for a choral pick-me-up conference this summer.
 
I'm looking for something with great choral experience (singing under excellent conductors) and workshops on choral topics. A focus or orientation towards choral music in Christian worship would be an added bonus, but not essential.
 
I've gone to the St. Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts in the past, and loved it.
 
Something in the East, South or Mid-West would be most accessible to me, though I'd consider going to the West or Southwest for something really enticing.
 
Any suggestions?
 
J.-C. Coolen
Greater Toronto Area
on April 21, 2014 7:55pm
I would suggest the Presbyterian Association of Musicians conference in Montreat, NC. I've been there and felt very fulfilled by the worship and the musical experience. This year the adult choir director is Christopher Aspaas from St. Olaf, it's sure to be good. Here's the website for more information: http://www.presbymusic.org/montreat.html
 
on April 21, 2014 10:12pm
Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, always has excellent, inspiring summer programs. You might particularly enjoy the Conducting Institute: http://www.rider.edu/academics/colleges-schools/westminster-college-arts/westminster-continuing-education/summer-seminar-5
on April 22, 2014 5:06am
Good morning,
 
U of T just happens to have an annual summer conference, this year from July 14 - 18th, with Tim Sharp as the guest cliinician.   As you probably know, he has extensive background in church music and has selected some sacred works for our masterclass as well as a variety of rep for the directors' chorus.   Information is on the Faculty of Music website under "summer programs."
 
Do you also know about the annual Summer Institute for Church Music in Whitby?  Chris Dawes runs it and it is a wonderful event held in early July.
 
Both of those are close to home for you.  A bit further afield, 
 
Eastman always has an excellent summer workshop in July, headed by William Weinert, and Baylor University's annual "Alleluia Conference" is completely focused on worship.  And yes, Westminster Choir College has excellent summer programs.
 
Hilary Apfelstadt
on April 22, 2014 6:18am
You might want to look at Perspectives 2014 in Santa Fe New Mexico.  You will find world class presenters!  This year the conference will feature
on April 22, 2014 9:12am
Check out Music in the Mountains in East Stroudsburg, PA (80 miles west of New York City in the Pocono Mountains), August 5 - 7. Sponsored by Shawnee Press and Pine Lake Music, this year's theme is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Shawnee Press! Clinicians: Joseph Martin, Heather Sorenson, David Lantz III, Don Besig and Nancy Price, Tony DeRosa, and Patti Drennan. Music will be presented that can be used throughout the church year. Arrive early on Monday and attend a workshop led by Dr. Tim Seelig. Guest performers are Liberty Voices. http://www.musicmountains.com/site/conference/custom.asp?recid=49
 
on June 25, 2014 2:16pm
Thanks so much, everyone, for these really intriguing suggestions!
 
(I've been away from the list for a couple months, due to work...)
 
I'll check out these possibilities further (though it may have to be next year for some of them...).
 
Thanks again!
on June 26, 2014 7:30am
Join us at Virginia Wesleyan College, July 28-August 2, for our annual Sacred Music Summer Conference.  Guest faculty include Bob Chilcott (choral artistry - and also conducting a massed choir in a concert of sacred classics & his own works), Heather Potter (Pres, Choristers Guild - children's music & children in worship), Martin Tel (the psalter), Larry Shackley (keyboards & choirs),  Michael Burkhardt (organ, children's Fine Arts program in church), Lester Ruth (enriching worship regardless of style), Lois Reese (drumming), Joe Stobaugh (Pres, Fellowship of United Methodists in Music & Worship Arts - stationed worship, multi-worship environments), Billye Brown Youmans (the voice), Linda Maguire (music & the brain), Cathy Mokelbust (handbells), Scott Foxwell (Orff), and more!  (incluidng afternoon cookies & lemonade!)
 
Evening events include worship led by Martin Tel, a hymn festival co-sponsored by the American Organists Guild-Tidewater Chapter, a community 'sing' with Patricia Saunders Nixon, festival worship with a massed handbell choir led by Cathy Moklebust with Michael Burkhardt, organist, and the conference closing 'Finale: Sing to the Lord with Cheerful Voice" with the 90-voice Wesleyan Festival Chorus conducted by Bob Chilcott with the Festival Brass and Kevin Kwan, organist.
 
Presented by the college's Center for Sacred Music.  Details and pdf brochure  at www.vwc.edu/csmsummer.
 
 
 
on June 27, 2014 10:09am
Check out the 29th Summer Dialogue of ACDA-MN. Held in conjunction with the MMEA All-State Choir summer camps, the 4 day conference offers many interest and music reading sessions. Guest clinicians will include Rene Clausen, Ruth Dwyer, Greg Gilpin, Jonathan Palant and more. The three All-State Choir directors, Brad Holmes, Jonathan Reed and Mary Kay Geston, will each present an interest session for conference registrants. Directors' Chorus this summer led by JoAnn Miller of NDSU. Social events, awards banquet, exhibits fair ... the entire conference held this summer on the campus of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.
 
More info and registration on our website:  acda-mn.org
on June 28, 2014 8:42am
One of the most comprehensive, learning-rich, humor-filled, and awe-inspiring summer workshops/courses in the world is offerred by the VoiceCare Network at Saint John's University (about 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota). A common response of past participants over the years (about 35 years, now) is something like, "I knew I would learn a lot about voice and voice health at this workshop, but truly, this has been a life-changing experience." I'm not making that up for any PR stuff. That kind of thing has been expressed regularly at the end of the course and in emails and other communications. Choral conductors and music educators and singing teachers from all over the world have attended, including Canada, of course. Among many other presentations for international organizations, the current Executive Director, Dr. Axel Theimer, and the founder, (me, now retired from VoiceCare and totally unbiased), have presented at national conferences of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities and at Festival 500 in Newfoundland, etc.
Wish you well, J.-C.
Leon
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