CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education


Inspired Conducting and Choral Teaching

Study with Doreen Rao, Lee Kesselman and Sandra Snow

July 31 – August 3, 2014

Carthage College on Lake Michigan

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Welcome to the CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education, an exemplary professional development summer course for conductors and choral teachers since 1986.

Join this inspired community of colleagues led by Doreen Rao, Lee Kesselman and Sandra Snow. Together we will explore best practices in conducting and choral teaching supported by mindfulness meditation, a peacemaking antidote to the destructive effects of digital media and busy lives.

A classical and contemporary repertoire of spiritually inspired choral music will include newly-edited treble works by Italian composers Allesandro Scarlatti and Nicola Porpora alongside a newly composed Requiem Missa Brevis by Chicago composer Lita Grier. All are perfectly suited for liturgical, educational, and concert performance.

This rigorous and interactive conducting course engages conductors, teachers, and invited children and youth choirs in an inspirational program of repertoire and innovative choral pedagogy as a means of cultivating the capacity to pay attention and to transform the lives of young singers. Doreen will introduce Harvard University research that supports best practices in choral music education as "work excellent in quality, socially responsible, and meaningful to its practitioners.”

We look forward to seeing you at Carthage College on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.

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CHICAGO SINGS! Summer Festival 2014
St. James Cathedral

Chicago Sings! hosts the Sunday, August 3, 2014 inaugural concert performance in association with Doreen Rao’s CME Institute for Choral Teacher Education. Institute conductors, choral teachers and young artist choirs will perform Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater paired with Lita Grier’s Healing the Brokenhearted Missa Brevis.

Chicago’s glorious St. James Cathedral will be the concert home of Chicago Sings! Organist Bruce J. Barber II and members of his St. James Cathedral Choir will infuse the Festival performance with their inspirational singing and devoted professionalism. They will be joined by the Michigan State University Children’s Chorus and Florida’s Tampa Bay Choristers.

This year’s Institute composers and scholars-in-residence will join forces with the Festival choruses and orchestra to present musical insights and short stories to take performers and audience members beyond the score and between the notes of a spiritually inspired concert repertoire.

The mindfulness-based Chicago Sings! Summer Festival emphasizes the importance of choral singing as a spiritually and socially engaged celebration in which artistis and audiences alike learn more about themselves and the world around them. The August 3, 4:00 PM Chicago Sings! Summer Festival is open to the public and will be recorded in performance.

For further information, please contact:

Megan Marshall
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