Keep Our Choirs Singing II

July 29–31, 2020

 

Creative and Engaging Techniques for Online or F2F Rehearsals

  • Rehearsing a choir we cannot hear; teaching vocal and artistic literacy by rote. 

  • Building musicianship through repertoire.

  • Exploring and presenting world music.

  • Engaging sight singing with Screencastify. 

  • Developing community and student leadership

Due to high volume of interest, Registration is CLOSED. We are in the process of creating an additional workshop; dates and content to be released on Aug 1.

We encourage late registrants to consider enrolling in this future course or Workshop III: Kickstart! Tools To Start The Year With Immediate Success

About Workshop II
Welcome from Boers

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Angela Kasper Broeker and Geoffrey Boers

FULL PARTICIPANTS $225-150*

  • Faculty-guided practice in breakout rooms for each session

  • Podium Time and Practice Teaching with Feedback on Day 3

  • Invite your student leadership and/or accompanist to Day 3 sessions to learn language and techniques

OBSERVERS $75 (Limited)

  • Observation of all sessions

  • Access to all resources, slides and video

  • Breakout rooms for practice of session materials (without faculty)

*The recommended Full Participant tuition is $225. However, PAY AS ABLE discounts are available for new teachers, students, those who wish to enroll in multiple #KeepOurChoirsSinging workshops, and those whose finances would otherwise prohibit Full-Participation. 

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Participants receive 1 FREE trial of My Choral Coach in addition to $50 discounted membership for 6 months and 10% off in 2021. 

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Geoffrey Boers is Director of Choral Activities and the Ruth Waters Professor of Music at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he leads a program widely recognized as innovative, vibrant, and forward thinking. Under his direction, the graduate choral program has developed a singular mission: to nurture the whole student as conductor-teacher- scholar-servant-leader.  Through his teaching he is exploring the evolution of conducting gesture and rehearsal pedagogy and their connection with the emerging neuroscience of mirror neurons, empathy, perception, learning, and personal transformation. His exploration has led to new thoughts about conducting and teaching with regard to breath, movement, artistry, personal awareness, and cultural development. His work has led to the development of mentorship for local cohorts of teachers across the United States and Canada. Most recently he has developed a level-based Choral Literacies and Skills, a system for development of choral musicianship, assessment, adjudication, and repertoire grading. After four years of development, the CLaS rubric has been adopted by National Association of Music Educators, NAfME, and Choral Canada as the national standard for choral music classes across North America. This spring in Montreal, Geoffrey will lead an unprecedented meeting of the Executive Directors of these two organizations, along with American Choral Directors Association, ACDA, and National Association for Teachers of Singing, NATS. These organization are collaborating for the first-time ever, in support of CLaS for all choral teachers as a way to modernize pedagogy across North America.

 

As a conductor and teacher, Geoffrey maintains an active schedule of concerts, workshops, clinics, and master classes. He has conducted in many of the major concert halls across the United States and Canada, as well as concerts in Europe, Asia and Australia. He has the opportunity to work with thousands of singers of all ages and diverse cultures each year. This work served as the foundation of his research in empathy and perception, and his creation of gesture and pedagogy that communicates to today’s learners. He is well-known for innovative programming and finding ways to make choral performances meaningful and transformative to modern audiences. This summer, Geoffrey will speak on this topic to the World Symposium of Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand.

 

Geoffrey conducts the UW Chamber Singers, a choir of graduate and advanced undergraduate music majors studying choral conducting, vocal performance, music education, as well as many students from programs across campus. The choir is noted for its vocal agility, varied color, and expressivity, and have been featured at many festivals, conventions, and workshops, including NWACDA,  Musicfest Canada, and at the national conventions of the American Kodaly Educators, National Association of Schools of Music, and American Musicological Society.

 

Geoffrey Boers has a long relationship with the UW’s internationally recognized Baltic Studies program, having created the Baltic Choral Collection, and traveled with Chamber Singers to the Baltic five times. They will return again in the summer of 2019 to participate in the Estonian National Song Festival. The choir has just released its first professionally produced CD …behold again, the stars on Centaur Records.

Angela Broeker was recently hired at Western Washington University where she conducts four choirs and teaches undergraduate courses in choral methods. Before this appointment, she was Director of Choral Activities at the University of St. Thomas for 20 years during which time her choirs performed at national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Director's Association and toured extensively in Asia, Europe and South America.

 

In addition to her university responsibilities, Dr. Broeker presents for national, regional, and state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, and the American Orff-Schulwerk Association.  She serves as guest conductor for numerous honor choirs including the ACDA National Children’s Honor Choir in 2015, honor choirs at the Eastern, Southern, Southwest, North Central, Northwest and Central Division ACDA regional conferences, National Honor Choirs at numerous OAKE conferences, and all-state choirs in more than 35 states.  International conducting engagements include honor choirs in Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Qingdao, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Sao Paulo, Curitiba, and Dubai.

 

Dr. Broeker received her D.M.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma and her M.M. and B.M.E. degrees from Indiana University.  Her research interests include 1) authentic, respectful performance of music from diverse cultures as well as the exploration of varied vocal colors that are possible with this repertoire; 2) applying Kodaly sight-singing pedagogy to secondary choral settings, and 3) introducing choral repertoire to choirs in a manner that improves musicianship skills and helps choristers connect with the music and each other.  Recently, she presented keynote speeches around the themes of community and inclusion within the choral experience. Dr. Broeker served for four years on the National ACDA Committee for Diversity Initiatives and is now a member of the Washington State ACDA Racial Equity Task Force.  She served as guest editor of the April 2006 Choral Journal and has written articles for the Choral Journalin 2017, 2011, 2008, and 2006.  Other publications include the July 2000 Music Educators Journal, the NAfME Spotlight on Teaching Chorus, as well as many local and regional music publications.  The book she coauthored with Mary Goetze and Ruth Boshkoff, Educating Young Singers, is published with GIA.