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 Choral Workshops 

Workshops for Conductors and Music Educators

 

Consonare's mission is to build community through choral music in Connecticut and we would like to offer opportunities to also help support choral conductors/directors who are leading music ensembles across the state to inspire the next generation of musicians through technique exploration and skill development.  

 

We are offering engaging, enlightening, and hands-on choral workshops that are accessible to empower all conductors and music educators to grow in their craft. Created initially for those who a multi-day conference or workshop isn't feasible (due to work, family life, etc.), but all are welcome and encouraged to participate!

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Inclusive Choral Formations Workshop

An empowering hands-on approach to explore how acoustics and standing arrangements of singers can impact choral tone and intonation.

Leader of Workshop:   Sarah Kaufold, conductor

Workshop Ensemble:  Choir Matrix

Date:   Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 3:00-5:00pm

Location:    Storrs Congregational Church in Storrs

Fall '22

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION   

After learning pitches, rhythm, expression and vocal technique, the goal of a choir is to produce good collective sound.  This sound is often expressed in such terms as blend, balance, timbre, good intonation – all of which are based on acoustics.  When directors detect an issue with the choral sound, the feedback given to the choir may be to subtract from the sound, such as limit vibrato or quiet the singer whose voice is sticking out, to achieve the desired “blend”.

Through an inclusive and empowering hands-on approach, this inclusive choral formations workshop will share the benefits of adding to the choral sound by exploring the role of acoustics and demonstrating inclusive choral formation techniques (i.e., choir standing positions and placement) exploring how it can impact choral tone and intonation.

Workshop attendees will be asked to participate in the process, but will not be asked to sing (unless they want to!) as we will have Choir Matrix (a community choral ensemble) to demonstrate the techniques.

To attend this workshop:   

  • Pre-register here to reserve your spot

  • The cost to attend this workshop is $10 (students free) to be paid at the door

  • COVID-19 Protocols currently require the wearing of face masks for this event (subject to change)

Register for Inclusive Choral Formations Workshops

Sunday, October 16, 2023 - 3:00-5:00pm

Thanks for registering! You will receive a reminder email beforehand.

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Healthy Conducting Workshop

Leader of Workshop:   Sarah Kaufold, conductor

Workshop Ensemble:  Voices of Concinnity

Date:  Saturday, February 11, 2023*  - 3:00pm-7:00pm

Location:   Trinity Episcopal Church, Hartford

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

   

The challenge of growing as a conductor is having an ensemble where we can practice conducting techniques and experiment with the sound our gesture is eliciting. This aural feedback is key to improving our conducting skills; however, many directors haven’t conducted much over the pandemic or lack time to practice conducting with looming performances.  

This 4-hour Healthy Conducting Workshop will serve all levels of conductors by exploring hands-on how our gestural language informs the overall vocal sound and healthy singing of our ensembles.  

The conductors selected for the masterclass portion will have the opportunity to conduct Voices of Concinnity, a 12-voice professional chamber ensemble, and receive a video recording of their conducting (see the levels of participation below).

To participate in this workshop:

   

There will be four levels of participation:  masterclass conductors, class conductors, and auditors.  

  • Masterclass Conductors: will workshop the healthy conducting techniques through leading the class conductors and conducting Voices of Concinnity (video of conductor will be provided afterward).  Must apply below to be selected (limit 5 conductors) and have significant conducting experience (marginalized conductors are encouraged to apply)

  • Class Conductors: will sing for the masterclass conductors to kinesthetically engage with the healthy conducting techniques and work conducting skills in small groups.  Excellent for all level of conductors (aged 16 and up)--advanced registration is required.

  • Auditor:  will only participate through observation of the workshop. Open to everyone--advanced reservation is required.

  • Audience:  will arrive at 6:30pm to watch the Masterclass Conductors direct Voices of Concinnity. Open to everyone with no advanced registration.

The cost to participate any of the four levels of participation is currently being determined as we apply for grant funds to make this workshop accessible to all.  The cost to be a Masterclass Conductor will not exceed $50 (we are aiming for free participation if grant funding comes through; if not, fee waivers can be available for any candidate facing significant financial hardships).  

 

In the meantime, if you would like to be considered as a Masterclass Conductor (see description bulleted above indicating the experience needed and benefits you would receive as a conductor), please complete the following application.  

Masterclass Conductors will be selected by November 30, 2022 and registration for Class Conductors and Auditors will open by November 30, 2022.  Last date to apply to be a Masterclass Conductor is November 20th.

*Snow Date for this workshop is Sunday, February 12, 2023

Application to be selected as a Masterclass Conductor for the Healthy Conducting Workshop

Up to 5 conductors will be selected by November 30, 2022 -- Applications are due by November 20, 2022

If grant funding is unavailable, a $50 workshop fee would not prohibit my participation:

Thank you for applying. You will receive an email soon acknowledging receipt of your application.