6566 Expanding the Choral Classroom


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Discover, uncover and recover the best practices in comprehensive choral instruction. The conductor/teacher role is more than raising your eyebrows and waving your head from behind the piano. This course focuses on crucial topics including vocal pedagogy for young and emerging singers; attracting, engaging and retaining students of all interest and ability levels; creating connected ensembles giving your students ownership in their music-making; and alternative repertoire approaches for ALL singers using harmonization, improvisation and instrumentation.

Instructor: Gordon Krauspe

GK_conductingGordon Krauspe has been directing choirs for over 30 years, most of which have been at Wheaton Central and Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, Illinois where presently he directs the Chamber Singers, Varsity Women’s Chorale, and the Men’s Chorale, as well as teaching Rock and Roll History. He began his training with 3 years as a vocal performance major at Northwestern University, then left school to pursue a performing career. He returned to Northern Illinois University to complete a Bachelor of Music Education degree and subsequently a Master of Music degree. His teaching experience is at all levels kindergarten through university.  In his tenure at Wheaton Warrenville South he developed the choral program from 2 choirs of 100 singers to 8 ensembles at one point involving nearly 300 students, and a staff of two choral directors and several private voice instructors.  He was the founding director of the Classics show choir, the madrigal program, and the premier acappella groups Remember the Girls and Those Guys. Mr. Krauspe also directs a Fathers and Sons Chorus each spring.  Choirs under Mr. Krauspe’s direction have toured the United States, Canada and Europe and have performed at a variety of festivals, conventions and contests, including twice for the MENC National Convention, the ACDA Central Division Convention, and for the National School Board Association national convention. The American Music Conference has twice named District 200 as one of the “100 Best School Music Programs in America.” For 10 years, Mr. Krauspe was the Director of Performing Arts at the school during which time they added a music rehearsal and instruction wing to the building.  In addition to school, Mr. Krauspe served 9 years as director of the adult choir at St. John’s Church in Winfield, IL, and 3 years as director of the Hinsdale Chorale community choir. He conducts for the Rising Stars Show Choir camp each summer, and served as senior chorale director for the Midwest Young Artists.  He frequently works as a festival clinician, conductor and adjudicator, is listed repeatedly as “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” and “Who’s Who In America,” and the University of Chicago has also recognized him as an “Outstanding High School Educator”.  In 2003, Mr. Krauspe directed the Illinois Honor Choir in the “Music Education Day at the Capitol” program. He has twice been named as a quarterfinalist in the Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award program.
      Gordon Krauspe has served as a district chairperson for the Illinois Music Educators Association and as president for Illinois as well as the Central Division of the American Choral Directors Association. He has sung professionally as a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Chorus, St. James Cathedral -Chicago, the Fine Arts Chorale and in various choral activities in the Chicago and suburban region. He has played guitar for nearly 50 years, and teaches both guitar and voice privately.


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6566 Expanding the Choral Classroom

3 graduate credits
Location: TBD

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Tuition: $960
A $75 deposit is required at time of registration. Tuition balance is due in full by the first day of class.

July 5-8
Tuesday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


VanderCook College of Music

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

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