Contact: Vance George, Vance.George@gmail.com
BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Bellingham Festival of Music will host a Choral Arts Symposium, ideal for music educators, choral directors, voice conductors and students, from July 13-21.
Participants will join colleagues, conductors, students and observers from the U.S. and Canada in a nine-day intense study and performance featuring Verdi’s “Te Deum” with orchestra and “A Summer Night of Love in Old Vienna,” an overview of choral music of Schubert and Brahms with piano.
The Choral Arts Symposium is instructed by Maestro Vance George and Maestro Michael Palmer, both mentored by Robert Shaw. Vance George is the chorus director emeritus of the San Francisco Symphony and is recognized internationally as one of the preeminent choral conductors of our time. Maestro Palmer, considered one of this country’s finest conductors, celebrates his 20th season with the Bellingham Festival of Music.
The symposium will help participants develop rehearsal and performance conducting techniques as well as enhance rehearsal techniques. Participants will be immersed in the score study, analysis and performance. Each afternoon participants will conduct or observe, and evenings will be spent in rehearsal or attending the many offerings of the Festival.
The week will culminate with two performances at the Bellingham Festival of Music on July 19 and 21.
Formal admission to Western is not required. Participants can earn three graduate credits or 40 clock hours.
Online registration is now open. Early registration is rewarded with a savings of $100 if participants register before May 1, 2013.