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Choral Conducting Symposium

Key Information

July 10-14, 2017

Application Deadline: June 1, 2017


Jerry Blackstone, Director of Choirs, University of Michigan

Julie Skadsem, Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Michigan

Eugene Rogers, Associate Director of Choirs and Associate Professor of Conducting


This workshop is devoted to the enhancement of beautiful and communicative choral singing. Sessions on rehearsal techniques, Dalcroze, male and female voice techniques, African music, compelling performances, voice placement, score study, and movement will take place during the Symposium. Students will conduct in class and be videotaped to aid in the evaluation of their work. Reading sessions of new repertoire will take place daily as well as practical opportunities for workshop participants.


Conducting Masterclasses

Score Study Sessions

Reading Sessions


Monday-Friday 9:30 AM - 6:30 PM

2017 Schedule

2017 Materials

a Baton

Haydn: Paukenmesse (mini full score: Carus 40.607/07; order from Musical Resources, 800.377.0234); prepare to conduct either the “Kyrie” or the “Gloria” for Monday; further assignments from the Paukenmesse and the following pieces will be made throughout the week

Scores to provided in packet at Symposium:
Brahms: O schöne nacht (G. Schirmer 11800)
Mendelssohn: Verleih uns Frieden (Oxford OCCO 41)
Lauridsen: Sure on this shining night (peermusic)
Elder: Elegy (GIA G-8369)
Arr. McKelvy: Deck the halls (Mark Foster 35005212)

Application Procedure

Application deadline: June 1, 2017

All applicants must submit an online application and complete the $30 non-refundable application fee.



No audition is required


Professional Development/Academic Credit

The Choral Conducting Symposium may be taken as part of the Master of Music in Music Education degree program, for Summer graduate credit (NCFD) or for professional development without college credit.  (Course Code: CONDUCT 507.412)

Apply to the Master of Music in Music Education Summer degree program

Questions regarding how to receive academic credit? Contact the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Admissions Office at 734-764-0593 or email at


Tuition / Fees


  • Non-refundable Application Fee - $30
  • Workshop fee: $600
  • A non-refundable deposit is due by June 1, 2017. Tuition is due in full by June 23, 2017.
  • No refunds for cancellations after June 1, 2017

Admission Notification

All applicants are accepted upon completion of an online application and $30 non-refundable application fee.


For more information about this workshop or any of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Summer Workshops, please contact the office of Youth & Adult Programs:


Phone: (734) 936-2660     




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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower