Chamber Choir and Choral Conducting Workshop

Chamber Choir and
Choral Conducting Workshop

August 13 – 20, 2017

Applications for 2017, will be available in November, 2016.

Directed by world-renowned choral conductor Simon Carrington, the Workshop is divided into coachings, master classes, rehearsals and seminars for advanced singers and choral conductors. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the 21st century and includes both choral and instrumental music. Conductors have the opportunity to direct instrumental as well as choral ensembles. They also sing as members of the choir.

The week culminates in a concert held in the acoustically superb Music Shed, featuring the Fellows of the Workshop. All Workshop sessions as well as the final concert are audio and video recorded. The final concert is live streamed on our website.

“My two summers at Norfolk were wonderful breaths of fresh air and truly stand-out experiences among the other summer workshops I’ve done. What made Norfolk so unique and valuable to me was the focus on the music itself. Of course we also learned important lessons about rehearsal technique, voice pedagogy, and gesture along the way – but the real gem of this program is the repertoire and the way Simon Carrington teaches the conductors and singers to bring that repertoire to life in the most exhilarating, truthful, and professional way possible. The choir is by far the best I have worked with in any summer conducting program, and the other faculty members and instrumentalists are brilliant collaborators – especially Ilya Poletaev, whose impromptu mini-lectures are worth their weight in gold! I have done no other conducting workshop that taught me as much about singing texts in multiple languages; working with a professional choir, soloist, accompanist, chamber musicians, and full orchestra; bringing complex new compositions to life; and performance practice topics specific to the repertoire. My first year, we learned about French Baroque ornamentation, Schumann’s piano writing, Sermisy and French Renaissance music, and harpsichord performance practice, to name just a few such topics. Norfolk is truly an exceptional place to learn and make music, and Simon is a total joy to work with. I carry the lessons and the inspiration of this place with me every day. Could not recommend more highly!”

—  Emily Sung,
Assistant Chorus Master, Opera Philadelphia
Conducting Faculty, Temple University

“Thank you for your constantly open heart and spirit, and for allowing us the freedom to explore how our conducting can best serve the music. It is often easy to reduce conducting to rules of gestures — that a conductor should look like this or that, that you must not do this or that — but you have shown us the fascinating learning that takes place when the chief aim by both teacher and student is to embody and reflect the music, and be most deeply connected with it intellectually and emotionally.

Watching you make music is pure joy and inspiration. What a privilege! I look forward to when I might have the honour of sharing musical moments with you again. Sending you much love from all of us!”

—  Jenny Ching Yee Wong,
Assistant Conductor, Los Angeles Master Chorale

“The most pedagogically sound and well-designed, advanced conducting summer study program to be found in the United States. The choral component of providing and working with advanced, professional choral musicians and professional orchestra players from many different countries provided each conductor with professional conducting experience not found easily outside of doctoral degree programs. As a post-doc conductor and vocalist, working with Simon’s gentle and yet firm, pedagogy and this group of outstanding musicians, along with the additional feedback of faculty, fellow conductors and singers with similar background and skill provided an experience that simply doesn’t exist in any other program to my current knowledge. Although difficult to audition for this program as a conductor and singer, the outcome is worth its weight in gold for any conductor wishing to improve and hone their skills in a supportive and highly skilled environment.”

— Dr. Lauren Fowler-Calisto


Simon Carrington Director and conductor
Ilya Poletaev Assistant Director and harpsichord

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