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School of Music
Program in Choral Conducting
A video tour of the choral conducting program
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Vocal Coach and Pianist/Early Keyboardist: Holly Chatham
The program prepares students for careers as professional conductors
in many contexts, particularly educational, civic, and church settings.
A primary emphasis of the masters degree is laying the foundation
for continued work in a doctoral program. Students are expected
to expand their musicianship skills and develop the broad knowledge
of repertoire required of conductors.
The program for choral conductors includes individual lessons with faculty, and lessons during regularly
supervised sessions with the repertory and recital choruses. Attendance
at a weekly seminar, Repertory Chorus rehearsals, and membership
in the Yale Camerata are required each term, as is participation
as a singer in either the Yale Schola Cantorum or the Recital Chorus.
First-year students conduct Repertory Chorus in two shared performances.
Second- and third-year students present a degree recital with the
Recital Chorus. Choral conducting students are required to study
voice as a secondary instrument for two terms and are encouraged
to pursue other secondary instrumental studies. For more information
about curriculum and degree requirement of the Yale School of Music,
please see the School of Music Bulletin. Students who are enrolled
in the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music will
have additional requirements as specified by the Institute. All
students are expected to avail themselves of the offerings of the
University, particularly courses in the Department of Music. Of
particular interest to choral conductors are the music and theology
courses listed under the Program in Religion and the Arts.
Choral conductors are advised to observe rehearsals of each of the various vocal and instrumental ensembles. Further conducting experience is gained by serving as assistant conductor for one of the faculty-led choruses, and by directing the Battell Chapel and Marquand Chapel choirs. Visiting guest conductors have included Stefan Parkman, Sir David Willcocks, Robert Shaw, Krzysztof Penderecki, James MacMillan, Sir Neville Marriner, Stephen Layton, Helmuth Rilling, Nicholas McGegan, Paul Hillier, and Dale Warland. Simon Carrington, Simon Halsey, Andrew Megill, Stefan Parkman, and James O’Donnell.
Further curricular expectations for ISM students are listed here.
(Updated July 5, 2012)