Westminster Conducting Institute 2012 Day 2

What a day!  Sight reading choral music for five or six hours is a challenge, but we have some great repertoire to show for it.  Our day begins at 8:30 with a 30 minute choral warmup by Sabine Horstman, Children’s choir director and choral clinician from Germany.

“If your choir is in misery, they will do it their own way.”

After reading sessions with Charles Bruffy, Bruce Chamberlain, James Jordan, Vance George and Gary Graden,  there was time for lunch with my best man Bill Bang the funk drummer, and additional reading. Lisa and I got our conducting small group assignments.  Lisa is studying with a living legend, Weston Noble, former director of choirs and bands at Luther College in Minnesota, who has been a fixture at the Institute for many years.  Weston critiqued my Master Class conducting last year and left me speechless.  His love of the choral art, quiet energy and kindness is beyond belief.  I drew Gary Graden as my small group instructor.  Gary is an award winning American conductor currently working in Stockholm, Sweden.  He is a brilliant conductor and did a great workshop on Choral Intonation this evening.  I chatted with James Jordan about bringing the Williamson Voices to St. George’s for a premier of a new Requiem Mass.  Dates are under discussion. More tomorrow.

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