The Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute at Georgia State University June 4 – 8, 2012

The Atlanta Summer
Conducting Institute
at Georgia State University
June 4 – 8, 2012

Photo credit: Laura Emiko Soltis

The Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute (ASCI) ?is a week-long series of seminars and masterclasses geared toward music educators, current and future students, church musicians, community choir directors and any other conductors looking to grow as artists and to reignite and intensify their passion for choral music. This five-day event will include daily conducting masterclasses and seminars in which participants will:

  • Build and refine beautiful and effective conducting gesture
  • Develop creative and efficient rehearsal techniques
  • Learn high-quality choral repertoire
  • Experience daily podium time with the ASCI choir (Note: all conductors and auditors are also encouraged to sing with the choir)
  • Participate in group voice classes led by tenor Rick Clement
  • Develop and practice methods for score study
  • Define and discuss the elements and methods of cultivating a healthy and beautiful singing tone
  • Build career-enhancing connections with peers, conductors, and singers
  • Enjoy a reading session and wonderful musical resources provided by Beethoven and Company geared toward church and high school choral programs.

Conducting Institute Levels of
Participation and Fees:

Conducting Fellow: $450.00 (plus the cost of scores) ASCI Conducting Fellows will be admitted based on c.v. and timeliness of application. Conducting Fellows will conduct in the daily masterclasses with the ASCI choir in addition to participating in the morning seminars.

Institute Auditor: $250.00 (plus the cost of scores)
Institute auditors will take part in all morning seminars in addition to singing in the ASCI choir.

Photo credit: Laura Emiko Soltis

Application Process:

Applications are due on or before Friday, April 27, 2012. Applicants should submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent
  • $200 deposit (non-refundable)

Send application materials and deposit to:

ASCI at Georgia State University
Community Music Programs
Attn: Mariel Reynolds
P.O. Box 4097 Atlanta, GA 30302-4097


Please contact Dr. Deanna Joseph,

Institute Faculty:

Deanna Joseph

Director of Choral Activities / Assistant Professor

Deanna Joseph is director of choral activities at the Georgia State University School of Music, where she conducts the University Singers, teaches conducting and choral literature and supervises the master’s program in choral conducting. Previously, Dr. Joseph served on the choral and conducting faculties at Smith College (2004-2007), the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2007-2008) and Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2008-2010).

In addition to her academic positions, Deanna Joseph was the founder and artistic director of the semi-professional chorus, Hodie, and was the conductor of the South Hadley Chorale, which she led in performances of works such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah and the Beethoven Mass in C. For three years, Dr. Joseph held a conducting position on the Artist Faculty of the New York State Summer School for the Arts – School of Choral Studies. Dr. Joseph is an active soprano soloist performing regularly with the Rochester, NY ensemble, Voices, and formerly with the Arcadia Players and the vocal sextet Cantabile in Massachusetts.

Deanna Joseph received the DMA in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, where she has served as an instructor of undergraduate conducting and assistant conductor of the Eastman Chorale and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus. While at Eastman, Dr. Joseph was a recipient of the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize and the TA Award. Her research interests include 19th-century choral-orchestral performance practice, and she has presented on this topic at ACDA and other professional conferences. Dr. Joseph was a conducting fellow at the Oregon Bach Festival in the summers of 2005 and 2006, where she studied with Helmuth Rilling. She has worked with Joseph Flummerfelt and Simon Carrington and has studied voice with baritone Jan Opalach.

Richard Clement

Assistant Professor, Voice / Tenor

Richard Clement, tenor, is a Grammy-winning tenor acclaimed for his tonal beauty and superb musicality in repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary. Highlights from recent seasons include performances with the Israel Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, the Czech Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Clement has collaborated with such conductors as Bobby McFerrin, Christopher Hogwood, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Robert Shaw, Michael Tilson Thomas and Hugh Wolff. His considerable operatic credits include engagements with Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Boston Baroque, Atlanta Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, as well as the New York Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony. An Atlanta native and former member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Mr. Clement studied voice at Georgia State University and at the Cincinnati Conservatory.


Josquin: Ave Maria
Victoria: O magnum mysterium
Palestrina: Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass
Tallis: A new commandment

Telemann: Laudate Jehovam
Bach: Cantata 61

Mozart: Solemn Vespers, K. 339
Haydn: St. Nicholas Mass

Brahms: Lass dich nur nicht dauren
Brahms: Two Part-sings: Sehnsucht and Nachtens
Brahms: Zigeunerlieder 1-4

Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
Faure: Requiem

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