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Finally! Professional Development for Choral Conductors

Posted at 3:17 PM on November 26, 2013 by Tesfa Wondemagegnehu
Filed under: Choral Music

Minnesota choral artists The Singers have launched a new education initiative during their 10th anniversary season.

The Conductor's Lab Choir will give Twin Cities-area high school choral directors the opportunity to work with Artistic Director and Founder Dr. Matthew Culloton, in a variety of ways aimed at making the educator -- and their choral program -- stronger overall. This program offers 3 conductors the opportunity to apply new pedagogies and choral techniques to their classrooms. That multiplies out to hundreds of public school students who willl share the outcomes with their schools, districts and families.

What's so crazy about this program is that there are currently no professional development programs of this nature in Minnesota for choral conductors. I got a chance to hear the opening concert of their season and it was simply incredible. Check out this YouTube video from that performance:

Morten Lauridsen - Sure On This Shining Night