Leipzig Conducting workshop

June 21-28, 2015
Leipzig, Germany
For additional information email bach.institute@valpo.edu
Join us in Leipzig, Germany for a week of in-
depth conducting study and learn directly through
hands-on experience with a world-class period
instrument orchestra. Selected participants will
conclude the week by leading the Bach Institute
Chamber Choir and Leipzig Baroque Orchestra
(LBO) in literature by various Baroque masters,
including Handel, Telemann and Schütz. Hav-
ing celebrated its 800th Birthday in 2012, the St.
Thomas Church, home to J.S. Bach for 27 years,
offers an historic venue for participants to conduct
and perform, creating a memorable experience.
Led by Christopher Cock and the LBO, partici-
pants will sing “Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele,” BWV
180, in the context of the liturgy of the St. Thomas
Church. Performing a cantata in the church where
Bach first performed his five cycles of cantatas
and other major works, including the Passions
according to St. Matthew and St. John is a remark-
able experience.

Christopher M. Cock is the Director of Choral and Vocal

Activities at Valparaiso University. He founded and directs the Bach
Institute at Valparaiso University and has forged a unique career
path combining the roles of conductor and performer. Dr. Cock has
led four residencies of the Valparaiso University Chorale at the St.
Thomas Church in Leipzig, conducting numerous cantatas of J.S.
Bach and many choral masterworks.
His experience leading the works of J.S. Bach includes many perfor-
mances of the Christmas Oratorio, the Mass in B minor, and both
passions — on several occasions he has led passions as conductor/
evangelist, including the St. John Passion with the Leipzig Baroque
Orchestra in the Castle Church, Wittenberg Germany.  These
performances marked the beginning of a successful partnership
with the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra that has continued for the past
Dr. Cock has established important professional relationships
with the Thomanerchor and the Bach Archiv and has enjoyed
the in-depth mentorship of Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw and
Maurice Skones. He has appeared as both a soloist and conductor in
Carnegie Hall and with the Bach Choir of Berlin.  Through his lead-
ership he has established a strong relationship with the St. Thomas
Church, a relationship now formalized with an agreement of future
collaboration, the only such agreement with an American universi-
ty.  In October 2017 he will lead the Valparaiso University Chorale
as the only international choir to be invited to the 500th anniversary
celebration of the Reformation in Wittenberg Germany.
Workshop Highlights:
– Conducting tutelage under the direction of
Christopher M. Cock, director of the Bach Institute at Valpara-
iso University.
– Each conducting participant will have a minimum of two
hours of podium time, including opportunities to conduct the
Leipzig Baroque Orchestra.
– Each conducting participant will conduct two short works
in services at the St. Thomas Church, one a cappella and one
– Members of the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra will offer classes
demonstrating instrumental techniques using historic instru-
– Musicology Lectures offered by Dr. Katherina Uhde, Valpara-
iso University.
– All participants will sing cantata Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele,
BWV 180, under the direction of Dr. Cock.
For additional information email bach.institute@valpo.edu
Application Deadline: January 15 2015

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