Welcome from Boers

Keep Our Choirs Singing III

August 13–14, 2020

 

Kickstart! Tools To Start The Year With Immediate Success

  • Authentic bonding online and engaging new students.

  • Recruitment, auditions and assessment in the age of COVID.  

  • Sustaining mental health for teachers and students 

  • Building independence for all abilities. 

  • Conducting in a virtual environment/Laban/mirroring.

  • Inspiring improvisation and music creation. 

with Giselle Wyers and Geoffrey Boers 

FROM WORKSHOP I PARTICIPANTS: 

(It was) an atmosphere of safety, and acceptance, allowing us to explore with newfound courage. You helped us connect to one another and delight in each singer's discoveries, modeling a path forward for us with our own ensembles. – participant

 

We worked together for 6 hours per day and the workshop community barely noticed that we were online.  How strange it felt to feel normal again! – participant

 

Not only normal but inspired. – participant

FULL PARTICIPANT: $150

If tuition is a challenge due to the pandemic, a limited number of FULL PARTICIPANT scholarships are available. 

 

Please contact Dr. Boers at boersg@uw.edu for information. 

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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.

Giselle Wyers is the Donald E. Petersen Endowed Professor of Choral Music at the University of Washington, where she conducts the award-winning University Chorale and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting and music education. University Chorale’s latest CD, Resonant Streams (on the MSR Music Recordings label) was reviewed by Gramophone magazine last spring. Her semi-professional chorus, Solaris Vocal Ensemble, specializes in the performance of contemporary American choral literature. Their premiere album Floodsongs won the The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, in the professional ensemble division for 2017-18.

 

As a guest conductor, Wyers has led high school honor choirs and all-state choruses in New York (Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center), Georgia, Missouri, Louisiana, Connecticut, Nebraska, Texas, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Vancouver, Canada. She has conducted semi-professional ensembles across the United States and in Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, and Sweden. She will direct All-State choirs in Nevada, Wisconsin and Kansas in 2020.

Wyers is a leading national figure in the application of Laban movement theory for conductors. She has served as guest lecturer in conducting at Sweden’s Örebro Universitet, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, Westminster Choir College, University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Portland State University.

Wyers’ choral works are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing Company as part of the "Giselle Wyers Choral Series," and have been performed across the United States, Canada, Australia, Cuba, and numerous European cities. Her latest premiere was a 30 minute choral cycle entitled And All Shall Be Well, commissioned by the Vashon Island Chorale. In 2020, four new choral works will premiere across the United States. She is also committed to mentoring scholar-writers in the field, and serves on the editorial board of ACDAs Choral Journal.