Conducting Master Class with Dr. Jan Harrington

Master Class Overview

This 8-day professional conducting master class is open to conductors and auditors by application. The master class offers a group of select conductors the opportunity to develop their gestures, learn useful rehearsal techniques, study and perform examples of Baroque and Classical repertoire, undertake performance-practice tutorials, and lead daily rehearsals with the Festival chamber chorus and orchestra.

Conductors and auditors will participate in daily master-class sessions with Dr. Jan Harrington and each conductor will conduct the Festival chorus daily and 4 rehearsals with the chamber orchestra. The master class will culminate in a public performance on June 27th, led by the participant conductors.

Enrollment is limited to 9 conductors, with no limit for auditors. Auditors attend all sessions, including the master classes and seminars, but will not conduct the Festival chorus. Auditors may request a private conducting session with the clinician for an additional fee of $65, 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 seminars on a variety of topics related to choral conducting.
  • Conduct the Festival chamber chorus twice daily.
  • Conduct the Festival chorus and orchestra in a public performance at the end of the master class.
  • Video and audio recording of your performance.
  • Have fun making great music, make new friends.

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Baroque and Classical Works for Chorus and Instruments

     Cantata 131 Aus der Tiefen ruf ich Herr zu dir, BWV 131 J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
     Chandos Anthem IX, O praise the Lord with one consent, HWV254 G.F. Handel (1685-1759)
     Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo (Kleine Orgelmesse),  Hob. XXII:7 J. Haydn (1732-1809)

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Professor Jan Harrington, Clinician & Conductor

Dr. Jan HarringtonJan 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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