CME Institute Ireland

Maynooth University, Ireland

2015 CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education


Conducting Young Choirs in the World Today

With Doreen Rao, Mandy Miller, Lee R. Kesselman
Kathy Armstrong and Mary Amond O’Brien

July 14-17, 2015

Maynooth University, Ireland

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In partnership with Ireland’s Music Generation and Association of Irish Choirs, the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education will be led by conductor and master teacher Doreen Rao with an Irish and international faculty of exemplary musicians.

The 2015 CME Institute will be hosted by Maynooth University outside Dublin, a gracious and historical campus uniquely suited for the intensive four-day residential conducting course. Interactive classes on voice education, score study, conducting technique and choral pedagogy are enriched with mindfulness breathing and movement techniques based on Doreen Rao’s contemplative approach to singing and conducting.

The repertoire-based course of choral classics, contemporary composition and world music arrangements for treble and mixed voice choirs promotes a studied and dynamic understanding of the repertoire, confident, expressive and skillful conducting, and non-verbal choral pedagogy used in a reflective and collaborative style.

Moving beyond the conventional autocratic approach to conducting choirs, the CME Institute encourages technical competence, cultural sensitivity and musical wisdom based on the democratic ideals of diversity, inclusion and social responsibility. Conducting and teaching at our personal best depends on the cultivation of awareness and the skills of deep listening, practices encouraged and supported throughout the summer course.

As the world changes, conductors and choral teachers need to renew their skills to meet the needs of young singers in today. Concerned with the interdependent relationship of musical excellence and ethical discernment, this practice-oriented summer course is suitable for developing and established choral conductors and music teachers, university students, singers and choir leaders seeking to improve their skills.

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