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Choral Conducting Symposium

2/10/2021 – Important Update!
Due to university COVID-19 restrictions, the Choral Conducting Symposium will be held online for the Summer of 2021.

Redesigned for 2021, the Choral Conducting Workshop will be an abbreviated version of SMTD’s Choral Conducting Symposium. Students will participate in daily lessons with SMTD faculty, gain access to daily lessons specific to choral conducting, and gain an introduction to the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance’s Choral Conducting Program.

All sessions will be online, allowing participants to engage with SMTD faculty from the comfort from their own home! A sample schedule, as well as required repertoire, are listed below.

Session Dates: July 19–July 21, 2021
Application Deadline: July 10, 2021

Tuition Information
Program Tuition:$250*

*A non-refundable application fee of $50 will be required for all applicants

No refunds will be offered after June 1, 2021.

The 2021 Choral Conducting Workshop will have an enrollment cap of 33 students.


Eugene Rogers, Director of Choral Activities, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Julie Skadsem, Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Alysia Lee, Founder / Conductor of the Sister City Girlchoir & Maryland State Department of Education
Brandon Johnson, Director of Choral Activities, Eastern Michigan University
Gabriela Hristova, Associate Professor of Music, University of Michigan – Flint

*MONDAY, JULY 19, 2021
11:00 AM Workshop overview, introductions, and score study session with Eugene Rogers
12:30 PM Individual lessons w/ Eugene Rogers, Brandon Johnson, or Gabriela Hristova
4:00 PM Choral Reading Session and Workshop: Alysia Lee

TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021
11:00 AM Morning Reading Session: Julie Skadsem
12:00 PM Individual lessons w/ Eugene Rogers, Brandon Johnson, or Gabriela Hristova
4:00 PM Choral Lecture: Alysia Lee

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2021
11:00 AM Morning Reading Session: Eugene Rogers
12:00 PM Workshop: Julie Skadsem
1:00 PM Closing Reflection and Wrap-Up: Eugene Rogers

*Please note the above sample schedule is tentative. A final version of the schedule will be sent out to participants prior to the start of the program. All sessions are in Eastern Daylight Time.


2021 Materials

  • A baton
  • Please purchase the following scores before arrival:
    • Antonio Vivaldi Magnificat, RV 610 Carus Verlag Edition (full score needed)
    • Johannes Brahms/James McCullough Die Mainacht Galaxy Publishing (SATB voicing)
    • Philip E. Silvey A Voice, A Chime Mark Foster Publishing
    • Thomas Dorsey/arr. Arnold Sevier Precious Lord Theodore Presser Co (Currently out of print / a PDF will be provided upon registration)
    • Undine Smith Moore We Shall Walk Through the Valley GIA Publishing


Applications for the 2021 Choral Conducting Symposium are due July 10, 2021

To apply to the Choral Conducting Symposium you must complete the following two steps. Your application will not be considered complete until all of the below requirements have been received by the Office of Engagement & Outreach.

  1. Complete the Online Application
  2. Pay the non-refundable $50 application fee

No audition is required for this program. All applicants are accepted upon completion of an online application and $50 non-refundable application fee.


Contact Engagement & Outreach Staff using the information below:

Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660
Email: smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu