Thursday, April 16, 2009

Highly recommended- Univ. of Michigan Summer Choral Conducting Symposium

(photo of Jerry Blackstone)

This is a great summer symposium with grad credit available. A couple friends of mine have attended this symposium in the past and loved it. If you are not familiar with the university choral world in Michigan- I have to tell you that things there are great. In fact, I go up to Michigan for their ACDA events as much or more than attending Illinois events (sort of sad, but true). Each of these four instructors is unique from the other, a big strong point.
Pearl Shangkuan does not teach at U of Michigan during the year- her home is the excellent program at Calvin College where she also works with my fiend Joel Navarro.

Oooh... and they're working on one of my favorite pieces- Rejoice in the Lamb by Britten.

University of Michigan Choral Conducting Symposium


July 6 - July 10, 2009


Jerry Blackstone, Paul Rardin, Pearl Shangkuan & Julie Skadsem

(photo of Paul Rardin)


Conducting Masterclasses

Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Score Study Sessions

Reading Sessions


This workshop is devoted to the enhancement of beautiful and communicative choral singing. To that end we will discuss conducting and rehearsal techniques appropriate for a wide range of choral ensembles. Students will conduct in class and be videotaped to aid in the evaluation of their work. Reading sessions of new repertoire will take place daily as well as practical opportunities for workshop participants.

(photo of Julie Skadsem)


Workshops may be taken for graduate credit (NCFD), Continuing Education Units (CEU), or for personal enrichment without college credit.



This workshop has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education for SB-CEU.

Total Number of SB-CEU: 2.8


Personal enrichment and CEU participants complete the application below.

Application deadline - June 15, 2009

(photo of Pearl Shangkuan)

Online Application

Or print and mail: 2009 Choral Conducting Application

Mail all materials to:

Summer Programs Office

School of Music, Theatre & Dance
2005 Baits Drive Rm. 220

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor MI 48109


Non-refundable Application Fee - $25 (not included in the workshop fee)

Workshop Fee - $450

SB-CEU Fee: $ 25 (optional)


For more information about Summer Workshops, please contact Regina Ferguson, Program Coordinator.


Phone: (734) 764-5429

Fax: (734) 647-6916


Jerry Blackstone

Paul Rardin

Pearl Shangkuan

Julie Skadsem

Choral Conducting Program


You will be responsible for providing the following materials:

Mozart: Coronation Mass (Kyrie and Gloria)

Available for downloading for study purposes:

Handel: Messiah (Movements 1, 4, 5, 6, 7)

Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-26067-4 (Edited by Alfred Mann)

Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb

Boosey & Hawkes, #48008987 (ISMN M-060-01512-0)

In addition, please bring the following supplies:

◦ VHS videocassette tape
◦ baton
◦ colored pencils


(Tentative schedule)

9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Conducting Masterclass

Topics include:
◦ score study techniques
◦ rehearsal strategies
◦ building tone
◦ effective use of warmup
◦ repertoire resources

1:30-3:30 p.m.

Conducting Masterclass and Reading Sessions

3:30-7:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday - Enjoy Ann Arbor!

7:00-8:30 p.m.

Monday - Summer Sings - community-wide sing through of major choral work with

soloists and piano; Jerry Blackstone, conductor

Tuesday-Thursday - Workshop Chorus Rehearsal led by faculty and workshop participants

with 50-60 voice choir


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