Posted on July 3, 2009 by Tia Lalani

Augustana hosting choral conductors’ retreat in conjunction with Faculty of Educaiton Summer Music Academy and Special Sessions

Between July 13-18, the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus will host a choral conductors’ retreat in conjunction with the Faculty of Education Summer Music Academy and Special Sessions. This retreat embraces a holistic approach to choral conducting pedagogy, focusing on body awareness & exploration, conducting gesture and vocal technique as related to foundational principles, philosophies, and gestures found in Tai Chi, Yoga, and Baroque Dance.

This summer, we welcome a number of guest lecturers. Our principal conducting instructor is Dr. Adam Con, a renowned choral music educator and Tai Chi instructor from the University of Southern Georgia. Professor Marie-Nathalie Lacoursiere, baroque dance specialist from the University of Montreal, will work with conducting particpants on a daily basis. Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, head of choral music activity from the University of Alberta Department of Music, will lead a reading session of Canadian choral music on the afternoon of Wedesday, July 15 between 3:15 and 4:30 pm. Fourteen conductors from across Canada will be on Augustana soil to take part in the retreat.

Singers from the Augustana and Camrose choral communities are welcome to participate in the summer course lab choir, an ensemble gathered every evening in the Faith and Life Chapel from July 13-17 between 6:30-9:30 pm. A free lunchtime demonstration concert open to the public will take place in the Chapel on Saturday, July 18 at 12:45 pm.

If you have choral experience or can read music, and would like to participate as a volunteer in our summer lab choir, please contact Ardelle Reis at

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