Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Association of Canadian Choral Condutors

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Vancouver Chamber Choir presents 31st Annual National Conductors’ Symposium

Jon Washburn and the Vancouver Chamber Choir will present the 31st annual National Conductors’ Symposium February 7-12, 2011 in Vancouver, Canada.  The symposium offers selected conductors an opportunity to take part in masterclasses with Canada’s premier choral ensemble.


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 THE MAGNIFICENT MADRIGAL Canzonas for Choir on Feb 12.  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 2011 repertoire consists of English, Italian, French, German and various modern madrigals and related pieces:

Thomas Morley - Fire, fire, my heart
Thomas Weelkes - Thule, the period of Cosmography
John Wilbye - Draw on, sweet night
Giovanni Gastoldi - L’Innamorata
Claudio Monteverdi - Laciatemi morire
Luca Marenzio - Sweet singing Amaryllis
Heinrich Schütz - Wohl denen, die ohne Wandel leben
Heinrich Schütz - Meine Seele verlanget nach deinem Heil
Heinrich Schütz - Die Fürsten verfolgen mich ohn Ursach
Clement Janequin - L’alouette
Roland de Lassus - Audite nova!
Josquin des Prez - Mille regretz
Gian Carlo Menotti - Do not caress the lonely Manticore
George Shearing - Who is Sylvia?
John Rutter - When daisies pied
Gabriel Fauré – Madrigal
Stephen Chatman - Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Bob Chilcott - Hey down a down

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