What They See is What You Get
Newberg, Ore. (Vocus) February 2, 2010
Choral conductors of choirs at all levels are invited to a workshop with Rod Eichenberger, a choral conductor with more than 50 years of experience, this summer in Cannon Beach, Ore., and Alexandria, Va.
Eichenberger, who has taught choral conducting throughout the world as a member of three universities and as a guest artist at workshops and seminars, will headline a workshop coordinated by George Fox University the week of Aug. 6-10 in Oregon and July 19-23 in Virginia. The cost is $495 per person; however, a $45 early-bird discount is available for those who register before Feb. 15.
The five-day professional Choral Conductors Workshop gives special emphasis to the important role non-verbal skills can play in rehearsal and performance. It will explore movement activities designed to improve intonation, timbre and rhythmic accuracy and to expand dynamic range.
Also covered will be the effect of the conductor’s posture and gesture on vocal production and choral tone, as well as how effective pacing and affirmative instruction improve both focus and retention in the choral rehearsal.
The event will allow participants to work on practical conducting skills during daily master classes and feature daily reading sessions from a large packet of octavos personally selected by Eichenberger.
Eichenberger has conducted more than 75 all-state choirs and conducted festivals in every state. His popular educational videos, “What They See is What You Get” and “Enhancing Musicality through Movement,” are popular video tools among choral music educators. He also has a music series published with Colla Voce Music, Inc.
The workshop is designed to provide a comfortable learning environment where musicians spend several days reading through new music (selected by Eichenberger) to refresh their rehearsal and conducting skills, according to event spokesperson Debbie Hawblitzel.
Certificates for 30-contact hours are presented to all participants. Undergraduate and graduate credit is available through George Fox University. Special enrollment requirements will be sent to applicants via e-mail after completing the workshop’s online registration form. George Fox University registration forms and materials will be provided at the workshop.
More workshop details and online registration and payment information is available at georgefox.edu/choralconductors/index.html.
The August event will take place at Cannon Beach Elementary School. Sessions will begin at 9 a.m. daily and include morning and afternoon sessions, with the week culminating with a concert on Friday night.
Cannon Beach, Ore., features nine miles of wide, walkable beach and picturesque Haystack Rock. The town itself includes quaint bookstores, shops and bistros. Housing is available at the numerous beach properties.
The July workshop will be held at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Old Town Alexandria, site of world-class museums, historic monuments and a wide variety of evening entertainment.
George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.
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