Creating Choral Connections Through Movement & Gesture


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Creating Choral Connections Through Movement & Gesture

A Master Class in Conducting & Rehearsal Techniques
June 22–26, 2020

Ignite your teaching through the language of gesture and movement while exploring dynamic kinesthetics and the non-verbal for your choral toolbox through:

  • Effective conducting, rehearsal techniques, pacing, affirmation, focus, retention and recruitment
  • The power of shared gesture effect on tone, color, balance, blend, rhythm, dynamics, texture, phrasing, comportment and presentation
  • Movement strategies which encourage cohesiveness, shared ownership and building esprit de corps
  • Improved music literacy and sight reading
  • Developed sequential skills and assessment strategies
  • Exploration of choral placement options to suit your program literature
  • Building community support for your program
  • Expressive performance techniques and enhanced musicality
  • Programming to inspire your choir and audience
  • Creating warm-ups through rehearsal literature
  • Compiling a practical Resource Book and delving into a packet of the latest published choral literature.
  • And much more!

This course is open to music instructors of any level, all directors and musicians regardless of experience, and those who want to expand their vocal horizons or share the choral art.

Rodney Eichenberger

Eichenberger,_Rodney_headshotRodney Eichenberger is professor emeritus of Florida State University, where he taught graduate choral conducting, choral technique and conducting pedagogy. He has lectured and guest-conducted extensively throughout the United States and abroad. His choral conducting techniques and workshops, focused on movement and shared singer rehearsal gesture, are of international renown, influencing directors around the globe. His music education videos What They See Is What You Get and Enhancing Musicality Through Movement are widely used in collegiate conducting courses. He edits the Rodney Eichenberger Choral Series for Colla Voce Music.

Randy Stenson

Stenson,_Randy_headshot_2012Randy Stenson (MMEd ‘05) is the director of the acclaimed St. Mary’s International School Varsity Male Ensemble of Tokyo, Japan, where he has taught K-12 music. In demand as a choral clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor, he has been invited to choral communities on five continents. His use of movement and the kinesthetic in performance has earned wide recognition. Stenson is the coauthor of Creating Artistry Through Movement and the Maturing Male Voice and edits the Stenson Choral Series for Pavane Publishing and Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

Course Details

 Creating Choral Connections Through Movement & Gesture

Course Code 6830

Rodney Eichenberger
& Randy Stenson

June 22–26, 2020

3 Graduate Credits

$1,050, due in full with registration

Early bird special: Register by
April 17 and save $100!

Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration for the discount to apply.



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