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THREE PLENARY SESSIONS

Plenary sessions for all delegates on a range of topics from our guest presenters.


FOUR CONDUCTING STRANDS

Each day, conducting delegates will be divided into smaller classes to work on aspects of gesture and rehearsal technique. These sessions will be led by Karen Grylls, David Squire, Andrew Withington, and Jono Palmer.

Conducting delegates are asked to select one of four strands based on the following criteria:

  1. Introduction & Review - for beginners or those that want to review the basics of conducting.
  2. Developing - for those with some experience in conducting and who are ready for the next step.
  3. Experienced - for those with some experience in conducting workshops, lessons and concerts.
  4. Advanced - for those with previous formal training and/or significant performance experience.

Those interested in the Advanced Strand will need to submit a 5-10 minute video of themselves in rehearsal and/or performance, as numbers are limited. If possible, footage should be from the choir’s perspective with the conductor in full view. Please upload the video to the cloud (Youtube, Dropbox, Google Drive etc), and paste the link into the registration form.


COLLABORATIVE PIANO STRAND

New to Choral Connect this year, we are offering a specialised programme for pianists who are eager to develop their collaborative skills working with choirs. Delegates who apply for the Collaborative Piano Strand will have the opportunity to work each day with conductors in the Conducting Strands and Masterclasses, with further mentoring in workshops and one-on-one sessions with our guest tutor, Rachel Fuller. Register now as places for this strand are strictly limited.


DAILY VOICE PEDAGOGY SESSIONS

In a sequel to her well-received warm-ups at Choral Connect 2017, delegates will be led in daily sessions on aspects of vocal technique with Voice Pedagogue, Catrin Johnsson, who will be in residence for the whole conference. There will also be opportunity for some one-on-one sessions.


CONFERENCE SINGING

Over the course of the conference, all delegates will rehearse a work that will be performed with the combined forces of the Toronto Children’s Chorus and the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir. These rehearsals provide a rare opportunity for conductors to experience a rehearsal from the singer’s perspective and pick up some excellent rehearsal techniques from our tutors. The rehearsals will culminate in a performance of the work at the final concert in Wellington St Mary of the Angels.


SIX MASTERCLASSES

Six masterclasses will be held: three masterclasses with the Toronto Children’s Chorus, two masterclasses with the delegate choir, and one with the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir. Delegates who are interested in participating in the masterclass will need to submit a 5-10 minute video of them conducting in performance and/or rehearsal. If possible, footage should be from the choir’s perspective with the conductor in full view. Please upload the video to the cloud (Youtube, Dropbox, Google Drive etc), and paste the link into the registration form. There will be an additional $30 charge for masterclass delegates.


A VARIETY OF WORKSHOPS

Delegates will be able to choose from a variety of Repertoire Reading Sessions, Open Rehearsals, and Special Topic Presentations. Further details about these sessions will be announced soon.


THREE CONCERTS

Tickets for all concerts are included in the registration fee, but will also be open to the public.

Two Evening Concerts will feature choirs from the Wellington region. This is an excellent opportunity to observe the work of other conductors and experience new repertoire. The invited choirs will be announced shortly.

The Final Concert with Massed Choirs will be held in Wellington's St Mary of the Angels on Saturday at 6.30pm. The concert will feature performances by the Toronto Children’s Chorus and the New Zealand Secondary Students Choir as well as the performance of a work involving the combined forces of both choirs and the Choral Connect delegates, rehearsed over the four days of the conference.


 

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