The aim of the course is to train musicians in the art of choral conducting; to instruct them in diverse aspects of the history and practice of choral music; to provide the technical skills required to work with historic repertoires and, for organists, to develop organ playing skills as both soloist and accompanist; to facilitate research into and performance of new or little-known choral repertoire; and to give students the experience of observing and working with the collegiate Chapel choirs.
Graduates will be fully equipped to work as choral conductors, and have a good understanding of the discipline of choral training, relating both to adult and young voices. They will also have acquired a good knowledge of the way choral music works within the liturgy of the church and other historical and technical issues. Graduates will have developed their writing skills as well as their practical skills. They will also have developed specific skills by completing two of three optional tasks: the writing of an extended essay, the editing of early choral music, or a performance in the form of either an organ recital, or continuo performance on organ and harpsichord, or a choral recital conducted by the candidate.
Regular choral conducting tuition in the form of small classes and workshops/masterclasses with choir; seminars; aural classes.
Written feedback is provided for all assessed work. Oral feedback is provided during and after coaching sessions and seminar presentations.
May be available with college choirs by agreement with the Course Director.
- 2 essays (compulsory) - 3,500 words each - 1 extended essay (optional) - 7,000 words or - editing project (optional) - typically the equivalent of a Renaissance mass, plus commentary and editorial notes of 1,000 words