This two-day event will provide conductors with an opportunity to work on a variety of a cappella choral works, with a particular focus on rehearsal technique and how to build the learning environment within your choir. The ensemble will include professional singers from the Voces Academy Chamber Choir and members of the emerging new ensemble, Evoke.
Fri 27 May
15.00-16.30 Preparations for conductors
16.30-19.30 Masterclass Session 1
Sat 28 May
10.00-13.00 Masterclass Session 2
14.00-17.00 Masterclass Session 3
The Voces Academy philosophy focuses on musical leadership just as much as on conducting techniques. Through mutual exploration of the conductor’s personal approach and inspirational abilities, an individualised map of how to develop great conducting emerges.
Peter’s teaching techniques emphasize that effective choral direction can communicate inspiration, express articulation and phrasing, and take a position on musical requirements in such a way that the ensemble members feel both free and in great demand. The methodology focuses on elements of leadership in rehearsal situations, conducting technique and on the conductor’s physical communication with the ensemble, where all movement can be musical expression.
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare songs
Morten Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium
Samuel Barber: The Coolin
Tomas Luis de Victoria: O vos omnes and Ave maris stella
Gasparini: Adoramus Te
Aharon Harlap: Shiru L’Adonai
Vagn Holmboe – from Liber Canticorum, opus 158b ‘Laudate Dominum’
Principles for Admission
Voces Academy masterclasses are designed for conductors with some years of experience, post-graduate level or similar. Up to eight conductors will be accepted on the course.
Full rate – £245
Student rate – £195
Two scholarships will be reserved for promising talents.
Applications by May 10, 2016
Applications to be submitted to Victoria Ely, Conductor // Producer, Voces Academy:
Please include the following information:
- name, address, phone number, email address
- short biography including experience as a choral conductor
- links to a video recording of yourself in a recent performance or rehearsal
- scanned copy of your student identification if applicable
Feel free to ask questions about the content of the masterclass.
*Schedule may be subject to change