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Online upskilling for choral leaders

Choral directors and leaders of children’s singing will have the opportunity to hone their skills over the next two months, all from the comfort of their own home in Zoom sessions with an ACD advisor.

David Squire, Rowan Johnston and Brent Stewart will deliver online Giving Direction workshops for directors of adult and secondary school choirs, and Megan Flint will run online Singing Matters workshops for choir leaders working in primary and intermediate schools. These workshops will be tailored to the needs of those taking part and will consist of two 1-hour Zoom sessions. In the first session, the presenter will advise a maximum of 5 registrants on a range of topics such as score preparation, rehearsal management, voice matching, blend etc. The second 1-hour session will be a personalised 1:1 session in which the participant can work on their gesture and/or other aspects of rehearsal technique.

Dates and times of these online workshops will be arranged according to the availability of the registrants and will most likely take place over two evenings (a week or two apart) or at weekends. Those taking part will be offered a menu of topics and will be asked to choose the areas they would most like to work on. For the second session, participants will have the opportunity to submit a video of their conducting in advance, or to conduct ‘live’ in the Zoom session so that they can receive feedback on their gesture – though this aspect is by no means compulsory (participants may choose to address other areas of choral direction in their personalised one-to-one session).

Fees (covering both sessions):
$60 (ACD Members)
$70 (NZCF Personal Members)
$80 (non-members)
$40 (students)

Email emma.billings@nzcf.org.nz to register your interest in an online Giving Direction or Singing Matters workshop. Our NZCF Events Manager Emma Billings will be in touch to arrange dates and times with one of our ACD Advisors. 

Click here for dates of our in person Giving Direction workshops in Dunedin, Invercargill and New Plymouth.