6544 Finding Balance: Developing the Complete Choral Artist


This comprehensive course will address five areas of the choral conductors' skill development: score study, conducting technique, rehearsal technique, choral tone, and creating choral community. Dig more deeply into scores and discover their hidden meanings. Learn the secrets to refining your gestures, evoking the desired choral tone, and unlocking the potential for expression in choral scores.

Instructor: Dr. Allen Hightower

Hightower,_Allen_headshot_2013Dr. Allen Hightower is a Professor of Music at Luther College, where he serves as conductor of the renowned Nordic Choir and Artistic Director of Christmas at Luther. As Luther's Director of Choral Activities, he gives leadership to a program that includes four conductors, six choirs, and over 500 singers. Prior to joining the faculty at Luther, Dr. Hightower served as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. During his tenure, the SHSU Chorale performed for the 2007 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, the 2010 Southwestern Division of ACDA, and the 2003, 2006, and 2010 conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association. From 2005-2010 Allen was music director of the Houston Masterworks Chorus, Houston’s largest independent symphonic chorus. He has served as the Duesenberg Concert Choir Chair for the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival in the summers of 2007 and 2011, and will serve in this role again in 2013. He was the first-prize winner in the graduate division of the ACDA Conducting Competition in 1997. From 1997-2000 he served as conducting intern with the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Performing and teaching opportunities during the fall of 2012 and the spring and summer of 2013 include venues in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Washington D.C., Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Missouri, Colorado, California and Texas. These include residencies at The University of Alabama, Colorado State University, The Vandercook College of Music, and Pepperdine University.


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Course Information

6544 Finding Balance: Develping the Complete Choral Artist

3 graduate credits
Location: De La Salle Bansley Alumni Hall

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Tuition: $900 (includes $75 resource fee)
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

July 21-25
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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