Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Thursday, February 11, 2010

National Conductors' Symposium Deadline

Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir will present the 30th annual National Conductors’ Symposium May 3 - 8, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  The symposium offers selected conductors an opportunity to take part in masterclasses with Canada’s premier choral ensemble.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2010
Application forms: Visit to download a brochure.
Five applicants will be chosen to participate as Conductors, receiving significant time with the Vancouver Chamber Choir in rehearsal and performance in the final concert MASTERPIECE Famous Choruses from the Great Composers on May 8.  As many as 10 additional applicants will be selected as Observers and be involved in all aspects of the Symposium, including one opportunity to conduct.

Master Conductor Jon Washburn oversees the conducting and evaluation sessions, providing insight on choral techniques, conducting gesture and score interpretation. Each conducting session is video recorded so that participants can review the recordings between sessions.  A series of optional luncheon discussions are offered to increase understanding of fundraising, marketing, working with a board and administrative structure.

The 2010 repertoire consists of 12 substantial choruses from large works by 12 great composers:

Bach                 Herr, unser Herrscher St John Passion
Monteverdi       Lauda Jerusalem, Dominum Marian Vespers of 1610
Handel              We never will bow down Judas Maccabeus
Mozart              Credo in unum Deum Mass in C minor
Beethoven         Agnus Dei Mass in C Major
Haydn               Vollendet ist das grosse Werk Creation
Brahms             Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
                          Ein deutsches Requiem
Willan               Introit Requiem           
Wagner             Wach’ auf! Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg       
Raminsh           Jubilate Deo, omnis terra Symphony of Psalms
Britten              Let us sleep now War Requiem
Orff                  Ave formosissima/O Fortuna Carmina Burana

Jon Washburn founded the Vancouver Chamber Choir in 1971.  Under his guidance, the ensemble has become an amazing success story, ranking with the handful of North America’s best professional choruses. In addition to touring and a busy season of concerts, broadcasts and recording, the Choir presents five award-winning educational programs.

For more information, please contact:
Karen Seaboyer     Manager, Communications & Production   604-738-6822, ext 24
1254 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 1B6

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