The Choral Music Institute at Oxford University (July 8 – 17, 2014) James Jordan and James Whitbourn, Co-Directors and featuring GRAMMY-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices

The Choral Music Institute at Oxford University (July 8 – 17, 2014)

James Jordan and James Whitbourn, Co-Directors
and featuring GRAMMY-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices

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A unique partnership with St Stephen’s House, one of the halls of Oxford University, and Westminster Choir College, proudly offer a unique Choral Institute in the vibrant and beautiful city of Oxford, England. The Institute is designed to provide instruction to all levels of conductors within a fully residential Oxford college.

The Choral Institute at Oxford is a residential course with meals taken in the college’s dining room and accommodation provided in the former monastic buildings of the 19th-century Cowley Fathers, now occupied by St Stephen’s House and much loved by C.S. Lewis, a former Fellow of nearby Magdalen College.

Participants will experience first hand an educational experience that is unique to Oxford University. That experience, one of total immersion in a residential college, will expose participants to an intense and exciting educational atmosphere. In addition to studying conducting and aspects of the choral art that will build musicianship in each participant regardless of prior experience levels, participants will become immersed in a community of musicians and faculty.
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Program Costs and Details:

Arrivals and Departures: Arrive by 2 p.m. on July 8, 2014 with opening introduction at 4 p.m. Program ends after breakfast on July 17, 2014.

Conductor: $2849

Non-Conducting Participant (auditor): $1350

Fee includes: Accommodations at Oxford University, meals, and tuition for all workshops, rehearsals and performances

Excluded: All travel costs to Oxford and optional excursions
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Singers of the GRAMMY-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices will be in attendance as the choral ensemble-in-residence. Westminster Choir College’s mission of building community through music is reflected in the residential nature of this program.

-Conduct a fully-prepared choir in daily classes and receive constructive feedback from the course Directors and from the choir members themselves; selected participants will conduct the ensemble in performance
-Instruction with Professor Higginbottom, Oxford’s first Professor of Choral Music;
-Instruction on the extraordinary Eton Choirbook from Stephen Darlington, Director of Music at Oxford’s Cathedral and tutor in Music at Christ Church, the university’s grandest college;
-See the famous boys of Magdalen College (who sing from Magdalen tower on May morning) in rehearsal and observe them at work with their director Daniel Hyde;
-Observe preparations for a performance of Annelies (56th GRAMMY awards nominee, Best Choral Performance), the major choral setting of the Diary of Anne Frank, with composer James Whitbourn working alongside conductor James Jordan;
-Study newly-written conducting etudes by James Jordan as specific to expressive conducting techniques;
-Focus the expressive aspects of conducting, in addition to analysis, that lead to choral artistry at the highest levels
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In addition to James Jordan, Professor and Senior Conductor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University and James Whitbourn, Composer and Honorary Research Fellow of St Stephen’s House, Oxford, the faculty includes:

Dr. Stephen Darlington, Cathedral Organist and Tutor in Music, Christ Church Oxford, and Director of Christ Church Cathedral Choir

Dr. Edward Higginbottom, Professor of Choral Music, University of Oxford, and Director of New College Choir

John Hudson, Choral Conducting Tutor

Daniel Hyde, Organist and informator choristarum, Magdalen College Oxford, and Director of Magdalen College Choir

Dr. Ayla LePine, Department of Art History, University of Nottingham

Dr. Steve Pilkington, Associate Professor of Sacred Music, Westminster Choir College of Rider University

Dr. Robin Ward, Principal, St Stephen’s House, University of Oxford

Dr. Zoe Waxman, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies; Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

Dr. Al Holcomb, Associate Professor of Music Education, Westinster Choir College of Rider University
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As a student of the Choral Institute, you will be living and studying in England’s oldest University city, among its dreaming spires and cloistered quadrangles. You will be working with some of the world’s preeminent thinkers in choral and sacred music and will experience firsthand the treasures of a university for which choral music has been its lifeblood in an unbroken tradition lasting more than 600 years. The faculty will include Oxford University’s Professor of Choral Music Dr. Edward Higginbottom and Westminster Choir College’s Senior Conductor and prolific author Dr. James Jordan.

Westminster Choir College of Rider University is one of America’s most prestigious centers of study for choral music. St Stephen’s House is one of the 44 Colleges and Halls that make up the University of Oxford and has a burgeoning Arts program that complements its world-renowned studies in Theology and Education. The partnership between St Stephen’s House, Oxford and Westminster Choir College brings a fusion of riches and combines tradition and innovation in a fresh and extraordinary way.


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