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Young Conductors Symposium

UConn Choirs

Young Conductors Symposium

Thursday, September 14, 2017

On Thursday, September 14, 2017,  UConn Choirs will host our 3nd Annual Young Conductors Symposium for high school student choral leaders. The day is intended for any and all choral singers and student leaders. Some schools send one student, others bring their entire choir and all are welcome! Participating students will spend the day at UConn learning about all aspects of choral leadership from UConn Choral Faculty including Dr. Jamie Spillane, Dr. Mary Ellen Junda, and Dr. Cara Bernard UConn’s vocal music education specialist as well as our talented choral graduate students. Selected participants will have the opportunity to direct the UConn Chamber Singers during the afternoon rehearsal/demonstration. Please follow the link below for more information and to secure your spot!

UConn Choral Faculty:
Dr. Jamie Spillane – Director of Choral Studies
Dr. Mary Ellen Junda – Women’s Choir, Earthtones – World Music Ensemble
Dr. Cara Bernard – Choral/Vocal Music Education

Tentative Schedule

8:00am – 8:30am Registration – von der Mehden Recital Hall
8:30am Welcome and Warm-ups – Dr. Jamie Spillane
9:00am Leadership in Music Ensembles – Prof. Jessica VonVillas
9:30am Conducting and Gesture – Brian Stevens
10:00am Score Study – Trevor Fanning
10:30am Healthy Singing for the Choral Singer – Caroline O’Dwyer
11:00am Literacy and Movement in the Choral Rehearsal – Dr. Cara Bernard
12:00pm Lunch
(Restaurants are located across the street from the School of Fine Arts)
1:00pm UConn Chamber Singers Rehearsal
(Guest conducting by students)
2:00pm-3:00pm Wrap-up – Dr. Mary Ellen Junda and Dr. Jamie Spillane


Registration is open!