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Summer Choral Conducting Symposium

Location: Pennsylvania, USA

The School of Music at West Chester University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the first Summer Choral Conducting Symposium, to be held July 21-25, 2014 in the Ware Family Recital Hall on the WCU campus.  Two acclaimed conductors will serve as guest artists and clinicians: Vance George, Grammy and Emmy-winning music director emeritus of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Chorus; and Sharon Paul, director of choral activities and former director of the award-winning San Francisco Girl's Chorus.  They will be joined by WCU choral faculty members David P. DeVenney and Ryan Kelly.

The Symposium will begin each morning with a session devoted to repertory, chosen from every style period, followed by a conducting masterclass focusing on selections from that day’s repertory.  Each afternoon will begin with a session on score study and analysis techniques, followed by a longer conducting masterclass focusing on Mozart’s Requiem. (Friday’s Mozart class will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra). Participants will also enjoy informal interactions with all four conductors at a Wednesday evening dinner and a Friday afternoon reception.

Those interested may participate as Conductors (limited to 12 people), who will receive individual podium time with the clinicians; or Observers, who will participate in all aspects of the Symposium, but who will not conduct.  The charge for Conducting Participants is $500 and for Observing Participants $300.  For an additional fee, participants may also receive PA Act 48 continuing ed. credits, and Conducting Participants may receive 3 graduate credits.

For further information, and to download a PDF brochure and registration form, please visit and click on “Symposium.”  Or email David P. DeVenney at

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