Registration deadline for WWU’s Summer Choral Arts Institute is July 9

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Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts, in partnership with the Bellingham Festival of Music, announces a weeklong Choral Arts Institute for music educators, choral directors, voice teachers, orchestral conductors and students, July 16-21 on Western's campus, 90 miles north of Seattle, WA.

Vance George, Chorus Director Emeritus of The San Francisco Symphony

Registrations for Western Washington University’s summer Choral Arts Institute are being accepted through Monday, July 9; ideal for music educators, choral directors, voice teachers, orchestral conductors and students, the Institute will take place July 16-21 on WWU’s campus.

The Choral Arts Institute, presented by Western’s College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Bellingham Festival of Music, is a six-day intense study of vocal and conducting techniques using Mozart’s Mass in C Minor.

The Choral Arts Institute is instructed by Maestro Vance George, the chorus director emeritus of the San Francisco Symphony, and Maestro Michael Palmer, artistic director of the Bellingham Festival of Music.

During afternoon sessions, participants will be immersed in the score study, analysis, and conducting of specific sections of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Each afternoon will begin with a presentation by the voice faculty on how to work with each individual voice type using excerpts from the Mass as examples.

In the evenings, Institute participants will join the singers in the Festival Chorus under the baton of Vance George to rehearse the work.

The week will culminate with a performance of the work with the Festival Chorus and Orchestra under direction of Michael Palmer.

Additional Institute staff includes Argentinean-Canadian mezzo-soprano, Fabiana Katz, and Dinah Helgeson, emeritus Fine & Performing Arts Chair for ISB School in Bangkok, Thailand.

Participants can earn three graduate credits or 30 clock hours. Formal admission to Western is not required.

Details and registration are available at http://www.wwu.edu/educators, by e-mail at ExtendedEducation(at)wwu(dot)edu or by phone at (360) 650-3308.

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