Western's Don Wright Faculty of Music is pleased to offer a 5-day intensive course, designed for choral music educators of all levels of experience. School, community and church choir directors along with those currently engaged in the formal study of choral conducting will benefit from the guidance and support of conductors Lydia Adams, Gloria Gassi, and Jennifer Moir, as well as Lightner Method founder, Babette Lightner, as they move through the course content.
Through a balanced offering of interactive activities, group discussion and individual coaching, conductors will:
Unit 1: A musician’s guide to the body:
An experiential and cognitive understanding of the body and it’s design that supports our ability to move with clarity, ease, freedom and power
Unit 2: A musician’s guide to whole body dynamic range and expression
Movement explorations and exercises designed to expand our expressive range, build comfort in movement qualities that are different from our affinity and open creative doors.
Unit 3: A Practical Application Lab
Hands on podium time to explore applications of Unit 1&2 with the class choir
Unit 4: Conductor’s Roundtable: Special Topics
Time for sharing information and resources pertinent to today’s choral conductor through group discussion. Topics will be chosen to best support the needs of the students enrolled in the course. Possibilities to include: repertoire think tank, the business of choirs, etc.
$595 for full session (5 days), or $125 to attend one day (+ HST)
This course is also available for graduate credit. If you are interested in this option please contact the Graduate Assistant Audrey Yardley-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 a.m. Musician's Guide to the Body: Wholeness in Motion
10:00 a.m. Voice Education
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Conducting Gesture and Sound Lab
12:30 p.m. Lunch break
1:30 p.m. Rehearsal of Repertoire
2:30 p.m. Discussion
3:00 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Special Topics
4:15 p.m. Well Being
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Don Wright Faculty of Music, Western University (Music Building and/or Talbot College - exact rooms TBC)
Chair, Music Education Department
A list of local accomodations will be provided for out-of-town participants