6547 Every Child Can Sing! Guiding and Rehearsing & Conducting Young Voices

Discover new ways to engage your singers and improve their tone and musicianship. Conductors at all levels will work in a supportive, encouraging environment on rehearsal strategies, quality repertoire, vocal pedagogy, score study and conducting gesture. This course is ideally suited to music teachers, choral conductors, music directors and church musicians who wish to grow as artists, musicians and inspired leaders. Composer Lee Kesselman (Associate Director of the CME Choral Music Experience Institute founded in 1986) will join us for a portion of the week.


Participants have the option to receive CME certification in levels I, II and III, with consideration for the CME Artist -Teacher Certification after three summers of study.

Instructors: Emily Ellsworth & Lee Kesselman

ee__headshot__4_-_green_jkt,_not_closeNationally recognized as a leader in the youth choral field, Ms. Ellsworth has served as Artistic Director of ANIMA- GlenEllyn Children’s Chorus since1996. Her work with ANIMA received the 2013 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award from Chorus America, the 2013 Chicago Acappella Tribute Award, the 2009 Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award given by Chorus America and the American Composers Forum, as well as Chorus America’s once-in-an-organizational- lifetime 2008 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. In 2010, Ms. Ellsworth was inducted as a National Honorary Member into the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity.

She has prepared various ensembles for performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, Ravinia Festival, Grant Park Symphony, Music of the Baroque, and others; nine CD recordings; national and regional conferences of ACDA, Kodaly educators, and Chorus America; and concert tours to six continents. Ms. Ellsworth has served on the music panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. and is the advisor of Boosey & Hawkes’ Opera Workshop series.  She has served as Lecturer in Choral Conducting at Northwestern University, and spent over 20 years teaching and singing as a voice faculty member in various college and university settings.  In frequent demand as guest clinician/conductor throughout the U.S., she has also guest conducted in the Republic of Ireland, England, Hong Kong, and Brazil. Ms. Ellsworth holds the Master of Music degree with honors from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.



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Course Information

6547 Every Child Can Sing! Guiding, Rehearsing an Conducting Young Voices

Dates: July 17-21
Graduate Credits: 3
Tuition: $990 due in full with registration
Location: VCM - TBD
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Register online by Friday, April 14, and save $50 per class!
Register online by Friday, May 19, and save $25 per class!
Only registrations received and paid in full by 12:00 noon CDT on the dates above (April 10 for $50, May 15 for $25)  are eligible for the discounts. Balances paid after initial registration do not qualify.

VanderCook College of Music

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

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