University of Toronto Summer Choral Conducting Symposium Openings

University of Toronto Summer Choral Conducting Symposium Openings

Event Date: March 21, 2015-March 21, 2015
Location: Ontario, Canada
University of Toronto Choral Conducting Symposium 2015
This intensive, one-week seminar is an excellent opportunity for music teachers and community and church choir conductors to gain professional development and continuing education credits (graduate and undergraduate).

Monday, July 6th until Friday, July 10th, 2015
(8:30 – 4:30, M – TH; 9 – noon on Friday)

Dr. Mark Sirett Composer/Conductor, and Artistic Director of the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, Ontario, will lead the daily Directors’ Chorus for all participants, demonstrating rehearsal strategies appropriate to a variety of choirs. He will also present sessions on teaching the adolescent voice and working with young choirs.

Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt, Director of Choral Studies at the University of Toronto, will coach 8 – 12 advanced conductors in rehearsal with the Symposium Singers. Master class conducting applications will include CV’s listing examples of applicants’ recent work and must be submitted by May 1, 2015. (Regular registration for other participants is due June 1, 2015.) Repertoire includes works by Handel, Fauré, and Lauridsen.

Dr. Lori-Anne Dolloff, Chair of Music Education at the University of Toronto, will coach intermediate level conductors and also present “daily sing” sessions involving a variety of music from different cultures.

The seminar will focus on:
Leading adolescent choral ensembles Effective conducting technique
Choral repertoire and resources Choral pedagogy and rehearsal planning
Vocal health and pedagogy

Other Collaborators:
Elizabeth McDonald, soprano, U of T voice faculty member, teaching vocal pedagogy for conductors and offering individual coaching
Dr. Emily Martin, Bucknell University (PA) voice faculty member, teaching yoga for singers.

For more information, email: or visit for a copy of the application form.


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