Choral Conducting Workshop & Master Class 2013 with Dr. Jan Harrington

Choral Conducting Workshop & Master Class 2013

with Dr. Jan Harrington

Dr. Jan HarringtonChancellor’s Professor of Music Emeritus
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music


Master Class Program: Monday, June 24
through Friday, June 28, 2013

Final Concert: Friday June 28 at 7 pm


Miller Chapel
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton, NJ
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Accompanist/Organist:           Matthew Middleton
Master Class Manager:           Robin Freeman

» More information about the Choral Concert, a culmination of the work of this master class

» Master Class Overview
» Prof. Jan Harrington Bio
» Master Class Fees, Deadlines & Application Procedure
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» Master Class Schedule
» Continuing Education Credit
» Housing & Meals


Master Class Overview

This 5-day professional choral conducting master class is open to choral conductors, auditors and singers by application. The master class will offer practical rehearsal strategies, choral warm-up ideas, and seminars on performance issues, score study and preparation, creating compelling performances, and readings of choral literature for choirs of all levels. Conductors and auditors will participate in daily conducting master classes sessions with Dr. Jan Harrington and each conductor will conduct the Festival chorus twice daily. The Festival chorus is also open to singers by application. The master class will culminate in a public performance led by the participant conductors.

Enrollment is limited to 8 conductors, with no limit for auditors or singers. Auditors attend all sessions, including the master classes, but will not conduct the Festival chorus. Singers accepted into the Festival Chorus attend all rehearsals and the performance as indicated in the schedule below. Auditors may request a private conducting session with the clinician for an additional fee of $50, payable to “The Princeton Festival” during the course of the master class.

Master class goals for conductors —

  • Enhance practical conducting skills during daily master classes.
  • Daily instruction on a variety of topics related to choral conducting.
  • Reading sessions from a packet of octavos selected by Dr. Harrington. Music for reading sessions is included in master class fee.
  • Conduct the Festival chorus twice daily.
  • Conduct the Festival chorus in performance at the end of the master class.
  • Video recording of your performance.
  • Have fun making great music, make new friends.

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Professor Jan Harrington, Clinician & Conductor

Jan Harrington was Chancellor’s Professor and Chair of the Choral Conducting Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he conducted and taught for 33 years until his retirement in 2007. During his entire tenure there, he conducted the Indiana University Singers, a select virtuoso choir of 32 singers, as well as various orchestral concerts, operas and oratorios on campus. For 10 years he was conductor of the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, a group devoted to the performance of avant-garde vocal music with whom he performed over 120 new pieces from the avant-garde as well as classic 20th century works, including many world premieres. He served as Chair of the Choral Department from 1998 to his retirement, taught graduate conducting, and continues to act as mentor to the graduate choral conducting students. Also an active conductor of opera and orchestral performances, his operatic performances have spanned the repertoire from Monteverdi’s Orfeo to John Adams’ Nixon in China and his orchestral and choral performances have been consistently noted for their inventive programming, communicative excitement and technical brilliance.

Dr. Harrington was a graduate of Southern Methodist University with the late Lloyd Pfautsch and received his Masters and Doctoral degrees from Indiana University where his mentors were Julius Herford and Fiora Contino. Prior to joining the faculty at Indiana, he was on the faculty of the State University of New York at Fredonia where he was conductor of the 250 member Festival Chorus which was the principal chorus for the Buffalo Philharmonic under Lukas Foss, and was Director of Choral Activities at the University of Oklahoma. He has conducted at the Aspen Music Festival, the summer festival Music at Gray Towers in Milford, PA, was on the faculty of the Dartmouth Conducting Institute held in the summers at Dartmouth College, conducted for the Stockton (CA) and Roanoke Opera companies, recorded for Spectrum Records, and was on the editorial team for the 2nd edition of Choral Conducting: A Symposium, published by Prentice-Hall. His conducting students hold choral and orchestral positions throughout the United States and in 12 foreign countries.

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Master Class Fees, Deadlines & Application Procedure

We are still accepting applications. 







Within 5 days
of acceptance

50% until 3/30;
10% until 4/15;
no refund thereafter



Within 5 days
of acceptance

60% until 4/30;
no refund thereafter



Within 5 days
of acceptance

100% until 4/30;
no refund thereafter



Payable with
online application      


Application Deadlines

We will begin reviewing applications on March 1st. Participants will be selected on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled, so we advise you apply early for your best chances! You will be notified of our decision via email.

Application Procedure

In order to complete our online application form, you must submit the following supporting materials along with payment of the $30 non-refundable application fee by credit card:

  1. ALL APPLICANTS: A current resume with at least two references — please upload in doc, docx, pdf, rtf or txt format.
  2. ALL APPLICANTS: An audio recording of the applicant singing (a cappella on a neutral vowel) the following exercises, after getting a starting pitch — please upload in aif, mp3 or wav format.
    • A harmonic minor scale, one octave ascending and descending
    • D major arpeggio, one octave ascending and descending, first legato and then staccato.
    • An augmented triad ascending then descending, in three successive ascending chromatic keys without reference to a pitch after you begin the first triad.
  3. CONDUCTOR APPLICANTS ONLY: A short video (5 minutes or less) of the applicant conducting a rehearsal or performance — please provide url of YouTube, Vimeo or other site where you’ve posted this video.

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Selections from Byrd Mass for 5 Voices
            Agnus Dei                                                                                                                       
Monteverdi Madrigals –
            Lasciatemi morire   (Book 6)                                                                                                               
            Ecco Mormorar L’onde  (Book 2)                                                                                      
            Io mi son giovinetta (Book 4)                                                                                               
            Sfogava con le Stelle (Book 4)
Joseph Haydn – from The Creation 
                        #11 – Recitative: And God said, “Let there be Light”                                               
                        #12 – Recitative:  In splendor bright are rising now
                        #13 – Chorus: The heavens are telling                                                           
Giuseppe Verdi – Pater Noster      
Francis Poulenc – Salve Regina            
Benjamin Britten – Festival Te Deum 
Aaron Jay Kernis – Teach Me Thy Way, O Lord             
James Whitbourne– Give Us the Wings of Faith                        
Charles Ives – Psalm 90                                                                                                             

                                                       Seminar Topics
            Bones and Brains:  Self-diagnostic approaches to improve your conducting
            Phrasal Energy: Applying  Solemnes chironomic  practice to your technical vocabulary
            Controlling Silence to create drama:  Conducting accompanied recitative
            Revealing Meaning through structural analysis
            Revealing rehearsal strategies through structural analysis
            Structure and Meaning: Understanding modal usage in the Late Renaissance  


Master Class Schedule

Conductors and auditors attend all sessions.
*Singers attend the rehearsals, the dress rehearsal, and the concert, as marked with *.


MON 6/24

TUE 6/25

WED 6/26

THU 6/27

FRI 6/28

8:30 Registration
Orientation &







Optional conducting
session for
Auditors (additional
fee required)

Master Class

Master Class

Master Class

Master Class

Q&A Session

Master Class




Dress Rehearsal
(Miller Chapel)




Dress Rehearsal
(Miller Chapel)

(Miller Chapel),
call TBD

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Professional Development Continuing Education Credits

If requested, the Princeton Festival will provide a master class participant with a completed Professional Development Documentation form as required by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. Please note that it is the responsibility of school districts, schools or individuals to determine the suitability of the Princeton Festival Choral Conducting Master Class as appropriate continuing education for the participant.

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Housing & Meals

Out of town participants can arrange for housing at the Princeton Theological Seminary through The Festival. The Seminary provides dormitory style single rooms for $45 per night, payable in advance through The Festival. The dining hall is opened Monday through Friday for breakfast and lunch only. The cost of a breakfast meal ticket is $6.30 per person and lunch is $9.35 and may be purchased when you dine.

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2012 Participants

Choral Conductors Workshop partcipants


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