NOV 7 DEADLINE! National Conductors’ Symposium – VANCOUVER CHAMBER CHOIR

“The most profound musical experience I have had yet in my career.”
“Working with an ensemble of this calibre was a phenomenal experience and six days of intensive work allowed for major growth in many areas.”
“The time spent with colleagues, friends and mentors was incredibly valuable to me as a young conductor. The round table discussions were particularly useful and thought-provoking.”
“I would say that each of us had breakthroughs during the week – and observing those breakthroughs is almost as valuable as experiencing them.”
Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir will present the 35th annual National Conductors’ Symposium January 19-24, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. The symposium offers selected conductors an opportunity to take part in masterclasses with Canada’s premier choral ensemble.
The application form is available here.
Five applicants will be chosen to participate as Conductors, receiving significant time with the Vancouver Chamber Choir in rehearsal and performance in the final concert CANADIAN QUINTESSENCE on January 24. As many as 10 additional applicants will be selected as Observers and be involved in all aspects of the Symposium, including one opportunity to conduct.
Master Conductor Jon Washburn oversees the conducting and evaluation sessions, providing insight on choral techniques, conducting gesture and score interpretation. Each conducting session is video recorded so that participants can review the recordings between sessions.   A series of optional luncheon discussions are offered to increase understanding of fundraising, marketing, working with a board and administrative structure.
The 2015 repertoire is all-Canadian and will include:
Healey Willan                            I beheld her, beautiful as a dove
Jon Washburn                           Silver
Harry Somers                            Feller from Fortune
Lionel Daunais                          Le pont Mirabeau
Derek Healey                            The Banks of Loch Erin
R. Murray Schafer                     Miniwanka (The Moments of Water)
Matthew Emery                         Unto Young Eternity
John Beckwith                           Farewell to Nova Scotia
Imant Raminsh                          Ave verum corpus
Louis Applebaum                      The Morning Dew
Leon Dubinsky/Lydia Adams       We Rise Again
Andrew Zinck                            Agnus Dei
Stephen Chatman                      Voices of Earth
Rob Teehan                              There will come soft rains
Don Macdonald                         Winter Sun
Scott Macmillan                         The Beagle and the Beluga and the Eagle’s Fine Times
Jon Washburn founded the Vancouver Chamber Choir in 1971. Under his guidance, the ensemble has become an amazing success story, ranking with the handful of North America’s best professional choruses. In addition to touring and a busy season of concerts, broadcasts and recording, the Choir presents five award-winning educational programs.
For more information, please email or call 604-738-6822.

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