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MAY 26-28, 2017

(updated February 11)

For whom?
    Only front-line directors and co-directors* of all barbershop organisations in Europe

            * A co-director shares responsibility for the chorus with the frontline director and might
               direct one song at conventions and direct during shows, and is also responsible for
               part of the rehearsal.

    De Beukenhof, Capucijnenstraat 46, 5074 PJ Biezenmortel, The Netherlands
    travel tip

    € 175, shared room and full board from Friday evening after dinner until Sunday afternoon

Friday dinner:
    not included, but can be booked at the extra cost of €15

Check in:
    Friday, May 26 from 17.00 – 19.00.

Weekend ends:

    Sunday, May 28 at 16.30

Bed linen:
    included, but bring your own towels

How to register:
    Please complete the online registration before April 15, 2017 but preferably sooner
    because the maximum number of participants is 45 
    => online registration

Detailed schedule
    view the detailed schedule

     In case of questions, please contact:

Directors simply should not miss this amazing weekend!

We are delighted that we have two world-class coaches, Steve Scott en Rob Mance. Steve is the in-house coach and Rob the director of Central Standard Chorus, which came second at the International Convention of the BHS in Nashville 2016 with a score of 95.2%. Rob directs CSC since 2012. In 2014 in Las Vegas the chorus came 9th, but in 2016 in Nashville they made a real move up and placed second thanks to Rob and Steve.

They often coach together and have already led several directors colleges and they also teach at Harmony University of the BHS. Next to that they are true professionals and love to sing barbershop, they are also still studying. Both are working for their Ph.D. at the University of Kansas.

The weekend will include many aspects of what a director needs to know and how to be able to execute it. Everyone follows the same program. These are the workshops:

  • Vocal Pedagogy for Directors (Steve) – how do you teach to your chorus members and what are the do’s and don’ts, what is useful en what is nonsense.
  • Choral Warm-ups: Purpose and Execution (Rob)
  • Science of Riser Formation and Placement (Steve)
  • Choral Pedagogy (Steve)
  • Voice Matching Practicum (Rob)
  • Conducting Master class 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Both)
    Participants are offered the chance to direct and be coached while the other participants are on the risers and can feel and see while they are singing, what the effect is of different moves that the director makes, Everyone will receive the music of a ballad, which should be learned in advance in order to stand on the risers without the sheet music.
  • Rehearsal Techniques (Rob)
  • Voice Master class 1 and 2 (Both)
    This class demonstrates, with the help of individual singers, how to improve the sound and the richness of tone of your chorus.
  • Tag time (Steve) – the benefits and fun of tag singing  


Biography Rob Mance

Robert Mance is excited to be in his fourth year as musical director of Central Standard. Highlights of his brief tenure includes placing 9th at the International Chorus Contest in Portland, Oregon in July 2012, 9th in Las Vegas in 2014, and winning the 2012 and 2013 Central States District Chorus Contest.

Robert is currently pursuing a degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Kansas, where he has been conductor of the Oread Consort. He is also the Director of Music at Shawnee Presbyterian Church in Shawnee, Kansas where he also maintains a private voice studio.

Before starting his studies at KU, Robert most recently served as interim Director of Choral Activities and interim Voice Area Director at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Robert has also sung professionally with such groups as the Kansas City Chorale under Charles Bruffy and the Westminster Symphonic Choir and Westminster Choir under Joe Miller. He is an active clinician for high school vocal ensembles, maintains a recording studio, and serves as an active barbershop coach and society judge.

Robert completed his undergraduate studies at McGill University in Montreal, QC in voice performance, and completed his graduate studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ in choral conducting and voice pedagogy.

Robert resides in Kansas City with his wife Kristin, an English teacher, and Chihuahua Willie.

Biography Steve Scott

Steve Scott has an international demand as a coach and voice teacher. A self-described “barberbrat”, he has been singing barbershop harmony since he was 11.

He is a frequent faculty member at Harmony University and regional harmony colleges as well as a certified Singing judge. Dr. Scott is working towards a Ph.D. in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Kansas, he has an MA in Vocal Pedagogy and MA in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University, where he also received a Singing Health Specialization, and a BME in Choral Music Education from Utah State University.

Steve Scott has also held the post of assistant professor at Darton State College in Albany, GA, where he taught voice and choir. In addition to maintaining a busy coaching schedule, Dr. Scott is active internationally as recitalist and opera singer, director, clinician, and researcher. He has presented research and workshops at different organizations including the BHS. He sings in and is the principle voice coach for the award-winning Central Standard Chorus in Kansas City and enjoys performing with his quartet Vox Populi.

His pride and joy is his family: spouse, Jaylene and daughter, Lydia.


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last update: 11-02-2017