Choral Festival: Make Music! Community Workshop - July 20-27, Palo Alto, CA
Date: June 14, 2014
Location: California, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
July 20-27 | Palo Alto, CA
The Oshman Family JCC is proud to host their 1st annual Summer Community Music Workshop, July 20-27. People from all walks of life are encouraged to join one of three ensembles - Chorale, String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble - for a week of intensive and enjoyable evening rehearsals culminating in a combined concert. This is a great opportunity to work side-by-side with professional musicians and local enthusiasts on new and familiar repertoire.
The Chorale will explore choral music from a wide variety of traditions and also join the instrumental ensembles to perform Verdi's "Va pensiero" from Nabucco. In addition to preparing the concert repertoire, rehearsals will also include instruction on vocal technique. This is the perfect opportunity for those community/school/church choir members on summer hiatus to keep up their "chops" while on break or for anyone interested in new music making perspectives and experiences.
More information and online registration available online at www.paloaltojcc.org/makemusic
(early bird registration ends June 30)
Feel free to also contact Chorale conductor Karen Cooksey at
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Karen Cooksey began conducting choirs at the age of 14 and has since received conducting degrees from Butler University, Indiana University, and University of Southern California. She has led student, community, church, and professional ensembles and is equally at home with vocal and instrumental ensembles. She served as Associate Chorus Master at LA Opera for five seasons, working with internationally-recognized musicians Placido Domingo, James Conlon, and Grant Gershon. While living in Indiana, Karen was Director of the annual Heartland Choral Festival for three years and served as assistant conductor for Earlham College, the Richmond Symphony and Chorus, and the Indianapolis Arts Chorale. At the 3rd International Competition for Young Choir Directors in Vienna, she was awarded 2nd Place Overall and prizes for Best Interpretation of a Modern Work and Best Female Conductor. Later this summer Karen will serve as an adjudicator for the China International Choir Festival and present masterclasses and seminars at international choral conferences in Beijing and Seoul.