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Directors College 2015

(updated January 25)

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Holland Harmony organizes a Directors College for the European Harmony Alliance.
Participants are welcome from all EHA barbershop organizations (BinG!, SNOBS, FABS, IABS, SA-Region32, DABS, Holland Harmony).

Location:
     
Beukenhof, Capucijnenstraat 46, 5074 PJ Biezenmortel, the Netherlands

Date:

      Friday January 30 – Sunday February 1, 2015

Time:
      Arrival: between 15.00 and 17.00 hrs, dinner on Friday evening (17:30-18:30 hours) also included.

Who can participate:
      Front Line Directors, Assistant-Directors, Section Leaders, Coaches, Music Teams and anyone who ever
      is in front of a chorus.

Costs:
      € 175 incl. room and board

How to participate:
      Please complete the online registration before December 8, 2014

Contact:
      In case of questions, please contact:  ec@hollandharmony.nl

Travel directions
      => some tips

Coaches:
      Chris Peterson
      Adam Scott

Schedule:
      => download the schedule of this weekend (jpg)  (version Jan 25)
      => download the schedule of this weekend (PDF) (version Jan 25)
 


DIRECTORS COLLEGE 2015

We are delighted to have found Chris Peterson willing to come and work with our directors and others. He is an outstanding coach and director within the Barbershop Harmony Organization as well as a professor of music. His specialties are directing and singing. He will focus on these two subjects during the Directors College. Chris will also be one of the judges (singing category) at the next Holland Harmony convention. He also arranges songs in barbershop.

We are happy to welcome Adam Scott to join in as well. Adam works both as Music Educator and Editor of Music Publications for BHS. He is a young enthusiastic clinician at various leadership training seminars, teaching voice, arranging, conducting, leadership and other courses.

The Directors College will partly be organized for all participants at the same time. Participants can expect to receive a song that everyone needs to be able to sing. A group of participants will at times be used as a ad-hoc chorus to demonstrate how singing can be improved. Sometime during the weekend we will also invite a Holland Harmony chorus to come as a demonstration chorus. Needless to say they can benefit enormously from such a "coaching". All the people watching, directing or singing will benefit from this way of working, which is a method always used at the one week long DC at Harmony University in the U.S.A. Some subjects are educational for everyone attending. The group will at times be split up in two groups, each with their own focus on specific subjects and practice.

Let me assure you this college will be of high quality, and every level director, assistant director and section leaders as well as coaches will have loads to learn.
It is very important to educate those who are in front of our choruses as well as others in the choruses who work with regular chorus members, teach and coach in order to increase not only knowledge, but also quality in front of the chorus as well as in the chorus itself. We certainly hope that you can free this weekend in your calendars and we hope to be able to welcome participants from most European Barbershop Organizations.
 

WORKSHOPS

Here are the scheduled workshops.
Please note that some of these are focused on the whole group, some are only on Frontline Directors.
 


Session 1 (Friday: 19.00-21.00)
Chris Peterson and Adam Scott:

Fostering Healthy Singing and Musical Performance Through Chorus Warm-Ups that are Fun and Engaging
This session will examine ways to warm up your chorus that are varied, fun, musical, and mentally engaging. You will participate in a demonstration of this type of warm up, followed by a discussion of the choices, purposes, and goals of the demonstrated warm up.


Session 2-CP (Saturday: 09.00-10.30)
Chris Peterson:

Prerequisite Musical Skills for Chorus Directors
This session will examine the important skills that all Directors should work to perfect. Some of these skills are effective cues and cut offs, subdivision, filling up the space, looking like the music, teaching units, and effective rehearsal pacing.
Focus on: frontline directors

Session 2-AS (Saturday: 09.00-10.30)
Adam Scott:

"Non-verbal communication in conducting"
Encouraging directors to talk less and rely on gestures as the main means of communicating to the chorus. Including a packet of different gestures, what they mean, when to use them, and what results they will yield.


Session 3-CP (Saturday: 10.50-12.20)
Chris Peterson:

What They See is What You Get: Examining Directing Gestures
This session will examine directing techniques and the gestures you can use to get any sound you want from the chorus. You will learn ways to get the men to change their sound, and also ways to improve how closely they watch your directing.
Focus on: frontline directors

Session 3-AS (Saturday: 10.50-12.20)
Adam Scott:

"The assistant director"
A 50/50 class discussing both the roles of the assistant/associate director, and spending some time on gestures and techniques. Perfect starter class for new assistant/associate directors and a great review for the seasoned experienced among us.


Session 4-CP (Saturday: 14.00-15.30)
Chris Peterson:

Coaching under glass” -with demonstration chorus
In this session Chris Peterson will demonstrate direction techniques and coach directors on their directing techniques. (score between 65 and 70%). Other directors and assistant directors are welcome to watch and learn or take Adam’s class “Nuts and Bolts”
Focus on: frontline directors who scored 65% - 70% during their last convention.

Session 4-AS (Saturday: 14.00-15.30)
Adam Scott:

"Nuts and Bolts"
A very "from the ground up" class. Ideal for new directors, assistant directors, section leaders, and anyone who wants to learn the tricks of the trade.


Session 5-CP (Saturday: 15.50-17.20)
Chris Peterson:

Coaching under glass” -with demonstration chorus
In this session Chris Peterson will demonstrate direction techniques and coach directors on their directing techniques. (score above 70). Other directors and assistant directors are welcome to watch and learn or take Adam’s class “From paper to memory”
Focus on: frontline directors who scored over 70% during their last convention.

Session 5-AS (Saturday: 15.50-17.20)
Adam Scott:

"From paper to memory"
A discussion of memorizing songs quickly, efficiently, and effectively. The class will learn popular methods, and even memorize a song in class.


Session 6-CP (Saturday: 19.00-21.00)
Chris Peterson:

“Planning and Leading a Great Chorus Rehearsal”
This session will focus on ways to be a more effective musical leader in front of the chorus.
You will learn how to keep the chorus focused, working, and making the best possible music, and also the best ways to have them retain what you teach them from week to week. Participants will get direct feedback on their rehearsing and directing skills in this class.
Focus on: frontline directors

Session 6-AS (Saturday: 19.00-21.00)
Adam Scott:

"Teaching Rhythm in Barbershop"
For choruses struggling with swing, syncopation, and timing. Learn how to get your singers to learn rhythm through score study and removing variables—turning risky rhythmic songs into rewarding and fun repertoire.


Session 7 (Sunday: 09.00-10.30)
Chris Peterson and Adam Scott:

“Creating a Positive Rehearsal Environment”
This session will examine practical ways to empower your singers through a positive approach to the chorus rehearsal. Recent findings in the studies of "mirror neurons" and "social intelligence" will be applied to the rehearsal setting and the director/singer relationship. Fascinating evidence will be presented to suggest that your effect on the chorus is far greater than you may have suspected.


Session 8-CP (Sunday: 10.50-12.20)
Chris Peterson:

“Rehearsal Planning for Both Short-Term and Long-Term Success”
Failing to plan is really planning to fail. This session will examine practical tips for choosing music, planning for the weekly rehearsal, and also for planning and goal setting for the whole year.
Focus on: frontline directors

Session 8-AS (Sunday: 10.50-12.20)
Adam Scott:

"Developing a Better Default Sound"
Create a culture of success in your chorus through changing the basic, core, default sound. Class will analyze cultural aspects of raising the bar in a chorus, how to do it, and how to keep it week to week.


Session 9-CP (Sunday: 13.30-15.00)
Chris Peterson:

“Tips & Tricks, how to learn from each other”
Frontline directors are welcome to put any questions or problems to Chris. This will be a Q & A session where all frontline directors are invited to actively participate
Focus on: frontline directors

Session 9-AS (Sunday: 13.30-15.00)
Adam Scott:

“Tips & Tricks, how to learn from each other”
Frontline directors are welcome to put any questions or problems to Adam.
This will be a Q & A session where all assistant- directors, section leaders, coaches and others are invited to actively participate.
Focus on: all others


How to choose a session

Participants can choose which sessions to attend.

Note that sessions 2/3/4/5/6/8/9 by Chris Peterson are focused on Frontline Directors. Others who want to sit in on these sessions are welcome to do so, to listen and learn, but cannot participate actively.

 


CURRICULUM VITAE:  Chris Peterson
 

CHRISTOPHER PETERSON

Professor of Music is Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton where he directs the CSUF Concert Choir, the Titan Men’s Chorus, and teaches classes in choral music education.

In spring 2011 he was named the 2010-2011 Cal State Fullerton ASI Outstanding Educator of the Year.

Dr. Peterson taught music in the public schools of Maine for nine years, including elementary, middle, and high school music instruction.

From 2001–2007 he was Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and during that time he was also conductor of the Milwaukee Youth Chorale, a high school mixed honor choir affiliated with the Milwaukee Children's Choir.

He is the author of articles published in the Music Educators Journal, is a contributing author for choral textbooks used across the country, and is Series Editor, composer, and choral arranger for Hal Leonard’s Close Harmony Series for Men and the Close Harmony Collection.

He has held the position of State Choral Representative for the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), and is currently the CMEA Southern Section President.
Peterson is also the current Southern Regional Representative for the California Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

Dr. Peterson maintains an active schedule as a choral clinician, guest conductor, and judge for festivals and choral performance events across the United States and internationally. In that capacity he has been invited to thirty states, five Canadian Provinces, and nine countries including England, Sweden, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, and Holland.
In his spare time, Chris sings bass with the Masters of Harmony, eight-time International Men’s Chorus Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

He earned the Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine, and the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine.
He earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Choral Music Education and Conducting from Florida State University where he studied with Rodney Eichenberger, Andre Thomas, and Clifford Madsen.
 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE: Adam Scott
 

ADAM SCOTT

[Adam Scott]Adam works both as Music Educator and Editor of Music Publications for the Barbershop Harmony Society. On the road he serves as clinician for Youth in Harmony Workshops, Harmony Explosion Camps, Honor and All State Choirs. He is a regular clinician at various leadership training seminars, teaching voice, arranging, conducting, leadership and other courses.

Adam taught music in the St. George, Utah public schools for two years before moving to Nashville. His choirs received superior ratings at festivals, often performing his own arrangements.

As a composer and arranger, Adam has written and arranged hundreds of pieces of music spanning all types of ensembles and difficulty levels. His works are regularly performed by schools, colleges, churches, and barbershop choruses.

In his role as editor of the Barbershop Harmony Society library he has added hundreds of pieces of music in every genre from Country to Jazz. He has collaborated with composers and arrangers both inside and outside the barbershop arena including Dr. Kirby Shaw and Deke Sharon.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from Utah State University, where he studied with Dr. Dean Madsen. At USU Adam was awarded Outstanding Student Composer.

Adam lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and two boys. Adam and his wife are also expecting twins in March.

 

 

 

 


last update: 26-01-2015