The New York City Music Teachers Association/UFT
together with the Music Educators Association of New York City,
Roberta Feldhusen and Sharon Golub, Co-Chairs, presents
Embodied and Expressive Choral Conducting, K-12
Heather Buchanan, presenter
Sharpen your conducting skills with three sessions in one! We begin with physical alignment for conductors and singers, the foundation of effective choral work, by addressing the key elements for poised movement (sitting & standing) when rehearsing and performing. Next, we explore techniques for the cultivation of a beautiful, healthy vocal tone through the warm-up structure, and dispel the myths surrounding “choir voice” and “blend.” The final session, Conducting Technique: The essential elements challenges you to explore the means by which imagination, inner-ear, and music become connected in a gesture that is embodied and expressive, thereby allowing you to effectively and efficiently communicate with your singers.
Australian born conductor Heather J. Buchanan, PhD is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Montclair State University, where she conducts the 170-voice Chorale, 60-voice University Singers, and 24-voice Vocal Accord. Choirs under her direction have won critical acclaim for their “heartfelt conviction,” “vibrant sound,” and for singing with the “crispness and dexterity of a professional choir.” She has collaborated with world-renowned artists/composers/conductors including Meredith Monk, Neeme Järvi, Jacques Lacombe, Richard Alston, Mícheál ÓSúílleabháin, Tarik O’Regan, and Chen Yi.
UFT Headquarters, 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 (check with security for room)
Workshop is $10.00 with advance registration/$15.00 at the door
MEANYC members get 1 Free Workshop
College Students no fee
A Continental Breakfast will be served at 8:30AM.
Note: This Workshop satisfies 4 hours of Professional Development Credit. Forms Will Be Available at Workshop.