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Rodney Eichenberger at Cannon Beach

Are any of you attending this summer?  This will be my first time and I am very excited to go, since I sang under Rod for several years in the Seattle Chorale, and then again more recently in the Northwest Choirs event.  If you have gone in the past, I would be interested in your comments, particularly if you were one of the master conductors (I have applied for that, rather apprehensively). 
Thank you!
Nan Beth Walton
Seattle, WA
Replies (5): Threaded | Chronological
on April 29, 2014 5:56am
You will LOVE this workshop!   
Join the WA ACDA Facebook page and post a request to share housing.  There are a bunch of people who go to that workshop every year.
i did the master conducting about 10 years ago.  I was terrified, but I learned so much from it.  Enjoy your time there!
Sue Green
on April 29, 2014 3:23pm
You are in for the time of your life!  I am one of many who attend year after year.  My first time was in 2001.  I've probably been to at least 10, including last year, the year before that, and am planning on attending this summer, as well.  Working with Rodney has changed my professional life in a multitude of ways, most importantly, my conducting.  I've been a master student at least twice, maybe 3 times.  He is always nurturing with his master students.  The only one who'll put pressure on you is you yourself.  The members of the choir are for the most part choral conductors, themselves, working with church choirs, community choirs, and school choirs at all levels, elementary to college level, and as such, are very supportive and understanding.  Singing in the choir is a marvelous experience.  Conducting the choir is will never conduct a more gifted and responsive group.  But, not only will you gain from Rodney's conducting tips, you'll learn things about rehearsal techniques, tone, voice placement, warm-ups...I can go on and on.  Plus, you'll sight read every day, and hopefully leave with some new literature for your group for the upcoming year.  BUT, that's not all!  We also have a boat load of fun!  All the people who attend are friendly, and fun!  You'll make some new friends.  And, this all takes place in a beautiful Pacific coastal town.  Who could ask for anything more?  Well...maybe the Gershwins, but...tough job, but somebody's got to do it!  I teach middle school choir, and have been in my position since 1990.  I've been to a multitude of professional development (on my own district doesn't pay) over the years.  I've picked up tips, and new music from most of them.  But the only one I consistently go back to year after year is Rodney's, because I always come away fresh and refreshed.  And one last thing, which you already know...Rodney's a sweetheart.
Hope that helps.  You've made a good decision.  Hopefully, I'll see you there!
Betsy Wagner, San Jose, CA
on April 30, 2014 10:23am
Hi, Beth -
I agree with Betsy - you are in for the time of your life! To put it simply, Rodney doesn't know how to be boring, and his empowering skills when it comes to helping enrollees become more effective choir directors/conductors are superb. Do'll be glad you did!
In harmony -
Dr. Kirby Shaw (grateful grad assistant to Rodney while working on my DMA in Choral Conducting back in the mid-1970s during his time at the University of Washington)
on May 12, 2014 11:24am
I will be there this year and I will be one of the Maser Conductors ( at least I've done the paperwork and haven't heard otherwise)  I have been most years over the past 10 years and have learned a ton.  It is a bit scarry to get up in front of everyone but it's a great experience.  It has greatly improved my conducting and my rehearsals.  It is also a wonderful help in picking out Lit for the year.  I'm happy to answer more specific question if you have any.  I'll see you there this summer!
Matt Pierce
Astoria, OR
on May 13, 2014 7:06am
I look forward to meeting you, Matt!
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