Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute

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June 15-19, 2015

The Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute is a week-long series of seminars and masterclasses geared toward music educators, graduate student conductors, church musicians, community choir conductors, and any conductor looking to grow as an artist.  The Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute is proud to host guest Dr. Daniel Bara of The University of Georgia, and Dr. Deanna Joseph of Georgia State University in an Institute for conductors of all experiences and levels.   

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2015 Seminars Offered:

Back to the Basics of Conducting Gesture: Where in the World is Beat Three - Review the grammar of conducting, discuss what makes gesture clear and easy to follow, learn how to conduct musically rather than just “beating time”.

Score Study and Score Marking: Breaking Down the Process of Learning a Score - Learn and discuss several methods of score study (singing and playing the parts, graphing, charting, tonal analysis, form analysis) used by top conductors.  Develop methods for practical and clear score marking that will carry you from the first rehearsals to performance.

Vocal Master Class:  Singing is Singing!  Vocal Technique Explained - Discuss healthy vocal singing technique and the parallels between what is taught in private lessons and in the choral rehearsal room.  Participants will have the opportunity to be coached in a vocal master class as a part of this session.

Choral Tone and Technical Facility:  Tricks of the Trade for Making Your Choir Sound it’s Best While Navigating the Vocal Challenges of Choral Repertoire - Address the common challenges presented to each voice part in choral repertoire and how to solve them.  Discuss how to build tone through the warm-up.  Look at the vowel triangle and how it can help you and your singers sound their best.  Consider options regarding voiced and un-voiced consonants, shadow vowels, and other diction issues.

Working With the Orchestra:  A Conductor’s Guide to Preparing, Rehearsing, and Conducting Choral-Orchestral Repertoire - Choral conductors lead thousands of choral-orchestral performances every year, however generally have only limited experience rehearsing and performing with orchestras.  This session will present strategies to prepare both the choir and the conductor to perform this fantastic body of repertoire.

Rehearsal Techniques for Choirs:  New Ideas Plus a How-To Guide - Whether you are new to the field or have lots of experience and are looking for some inspiration, this session will leave you with many new ideas to do with your choir.

Conductor Show and Tell:  Bring Something to Share - The final morning of the Institute, we ask interested participants to bring something to share with the rest of the group. It can be anything from a recording or a piece of music, to a book or an article.

Exhibits:  The Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute is partially sponsored by Beethoven and Company.  Participants have time to visit their exhibit of scores, books, and batons several days of the Institute.


2015 Schedule & Fees:

The final 2015 Schedule & Fees will be released in January. Registration opens January 9, 2015.

Tentative Daily Schedule*: 

9:00am Morning Seminar I


10:15am Morning Seminar II

11:30am Lunch

1:00pm Afternoon Conducting Sessions

         Conducting participants will receive podium time to conduct the Conducting Institute Choir from a selection of suggested repertoire.  

5:00pm Dismissal


 *Schedule subject to change

Meet the Conductors:

Deanna Joseph

Deanna L. Joseph

Dr. Deanna Joseph is director of choral activities at the Georgia State University School of Music, where she conducts the University Singers and leads the master’s program in choral conducting. She is also the artistic director of the Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute (ASCI), a weeklong masterclass for conductors that takes place annually during the first week of June.

In May of 2013, the University Singers competed in La Florilège Vocal de Tours where they placed second overall in the mixed choir category and Dr. Joseph was honored with the Prix du chef de chour. Additional honors from 2013 include an invited performance at the Georgia Music Educator’s Association annual conference and the North American premiere of David Bintley’s Carmina Burana with the Atlanta Ballet.

Dr. Joseph is an active guest conductor and clinician and has conducted all-state and honor choirs in more than ten states. She is a frequent conductor of choral-orchestral repertoire, and has led performances of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Beethoven Mass in C, Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Creation and Lord Nelson Mass, Schubert’s Mass in A-flat and Bruckner’s Mass in D Minor.

Dr. Joseph’s research in the area of 19th century choral-orchestral performance-practice has led to invited presentations on the topic at several division conferences of the American Choral Director’s Association and at the national convention for the National Collegiate Choral Organization. In October of 2012 she was selected as one of 25 presenters from ten countries to speak at the Lund Choral Festival in Sweden.

Prior to her appointment at Georgia State University, Dr. Joseph served on the faculties at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Dr. Joseph holds conducting degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize.

Daniel Bara

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Dr. Daniel Bara was named the Hugh Hodgson School of Music Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music in fall of 2010, having served as Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University, in Greenville, North Carolina.  While at ECU, his university choirs were invited to perform for state, regional, and national conventions of ACDA and MENC, and the ECU Chamber Singers completed two professional recordings for the Gothic Records label (2007′s Greater Love and 2010′s Eternal Light).  His conducting students have consistently advanced into the live rounds of the ACDA National Conducting Competition, and several of his former MM conducting students now hold collegiate conducting appointments at New England Conservatory, Miami University of Ohio, University of Idaho, and William Jewell College. 

At ECU, Dr. Bara was the recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award and the Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching.   Prior accolades include the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize given at the Eastman School of Music, and the ACDA National Student Conducting Competition (Graduate Division) awarded at the National Convention in San Antonio, TX in 2001.

Dr. Bara is Past-President of NC-ACDA, has held the Artistic Directorship of the New York State Summer School of the Arts – School of Choral Studies (2007-2009), and has served as conductor of the World Youth Honor Choir at Interlochen Arts Camp (2004-2006).  He is in increasing demand as a guest conductor and clinician, with recent or upcoming engagements with all-state, regional honor choirs, and conference appearances in Texas, New York, Tennessee, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida.  

Dr. Bara holds the DMA degree in conducting from the Eastman School of Music, organ and conducting degrees from the University of Michigan, and is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy.  At UGA he conducts the Concert Choir and Men’s Glee Club, and will oversee the graduate choral conducting program.

Richard Clement


Richard Clement is a Grammy-winning tenor acclaimed for his tonal beauty and superb musicality in repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary. Highlights from recent seasons include performances with the Israel Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, the Czech Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Clement has collaborated with such conductors as Bobby McFerrin, Christopher Hogwood, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Robert Shaw, Michael Tilson Thomas and Hugh Wolff. His considerable operatic credits include engagements with Vancouver Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Boston Baroque, Atlanta Opera and Boston Lyric Opera, as well as the New York Philharmonic and Colorado Symphony. An Atlanta native and former member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Mr. Clement studied voice at Georgia State University and at the Cincinnati Conservatory.