Young Conductors Symposium

UConn Choirs

Young Conductors Symposium

Thursday – September 19, 2019

UConn Young Conductor’s Symposium – On Thursday, September 19, 2019,  UConn Choirs will host our 4th Annual Young Conductors Symposium for high school student. 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, Prof. Jessica von Villas, 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!


TENTATIVE – Schedule

8:00am – 8:30am         Registration – von der Mehden Recital Hall


8:30am                        Welcome and Warm-ups  –  Dr. Jamie Spillane


9:00am                                    Conducting and gesture  –  Joshua East


9:30am                         Score study –  Timothy Mascarinas


10:00am                       Healthy Singing for the Choral Singer   –  Gregory Flower


10:30am                      Music Literacy and Movement in the Choral Rehearsal   –  Dr. Cara Bernard


11:30pm                      Lunch

Restaurants are located across the street from

the School of Fine Arts  (restaurant list below)


12:30pm                      UConn Chamber Singers rehearsal

Guest conducting by participating students


1:30pm                        Leadership in choral ensembles  –  Prof. Jessica Von Villas


2:00pm                        It’s More Fun to be Good – Dr. Jamie Spillane


2:30pm-3:00pm           Wrap-up  –  Dr. Jamie Spillane


Link to registration – If registering a single student or small group please click here

If you are a director bringing many students or your entire choir, please e-mail a list of those students preferably on an Excel sheet or Google sheet (including student first name, last name, voice part, school, and director’s name) to Young Conductors Symposium  –


Nearby restaurants listed from the north to south

Moe’s Southwest Grill – This is like “Chipotle”

7 Eleven

Dog Lane Café – organic, local, interesting, salads to sandwiches to burgers


Insomnia Cookies

Moo-yah Burger  (like Five Guys)

Geno’s Italian Restaurant – Coach Geno Auriemma’s restaurant

Husky Pizza

Barnes & Noble Café

Farmhouse Crépes

Tea & More Café – Asian- rice bowls etc…

Toasted – Sandwiches and more on the back road of Storrs Center

Katmandu Kitchen – Indian  $10 lunch buffet

Grill 88 – Sports Bar

Blaze – Fast Fired pizza (like Subway for pizza – gluten free pizza available)

Bruegger’s Bagles

Jamba Juice

Dunkin Donuts

Gansett Wraps – wraps, pizza, & more

Chang’s Garden – Chinese


Oriental Café – Chinese & Sushi

Pho Asian Restaurant –  Chinese

DP Dough – Calzones

Little Alladin – Mediterranean food

Bonchon – Korean

Wingstop – fried chicken and wings

Price Chopper – Grocery Store with many prepared foods (Sushi, Pizza, Subs, Chicken, and a dining area)